Posted September 13, 2010:
Does Jesus Love Me?

by Fr. Bob Pelton.

If you consider the Sacred Heart of Jesus, you might think about several divine mysteries—the Incarnation, for example, or our redemption and salvation, or the Holy Trinity. This year, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, I was thinking about the song I learned to sing at the age of five when I began to go to Sunday School at the little Methodist Church on Green Road, just about a mile from where we lived.

You must know it: "Jesus loves me, this I know,/ For the Bible tells me so./ Little ones to him belong,/ We are weak, but he is strong./Yes, Jesus loves me!/Yes, Jesus loves me!/ Yes, Jesus loves me!/The Bible tells me so."

Does it really, I was wondering. I began to think about what the Gospels tell us, and this is what came to me:

If you’ve done everything right, you can see Jesus look at you and love you, and then you can decide if he’s worth everything.

If you’ve done everything wrong, you can ask Jesus to remember you in his Kingdom and hear him say, "This day you will be with me in paradise."

If you’re a gangster, you can climb a tree to see if you can catch a glimpse of Jesus, and when you do, he’ll tell youto come down because he wants to come to your house for dinner today.

If you’re hanging around with the wrong people and wind up getting beaten and robbed and tossed into the dirt, Jesus will pick you up and pay for the treatment you need.

If you think you have to work harder than anyone else, Jesus will teach you to hear him say, I am the resurrection and the life, and whoever believes in me will never die (Jn 11:25).

If you’re all alone with no one to put you into the healing waters, Jesus will be the healing waters for you.

If you’re totally blind, even from birth, Jesus will give you sight.

If you’re angry because God doesn’t hear your prayers, Jesus will teach you how to pray always so that you won’t lose heart.

If you’re a mess sexually, Jesus won’t condemn you. He’ll forgive you and cast seven demons from you and make you his intimate friend.

If you’re eager for promotion, he’ll share his cup with you, if you want.

If you’re a generous apostle, but fail in a crisis, Jesus will give you a chance to repent and maybe even make you pope.

And if you’re just normally discouraged and tired and worn down by the duty of the moment, he’ll say to you,

Come to me, you who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Mt 11:28-30).

If you’re tired of living and scared of dying, Jesus will knock on your door until you hear his voice and open to him, and he’ll come right in and give his body for you to eat and his blood for you to drink.

Whether you adore him or not, Jesus "adores" you, and his heart is vaster than the universe, so he can always find a place for you in it and a way to bring you home to it.

Jesus loves you: the Gospels tell you so, and he will show you himself if you let him.


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