Self-sacrificing cooperation with Jesus in the work of saving souls
“Her entire life was concentrated on constant striving for an even fuller union with God and on self-sacrificing cooperation with Jesus in the work of saving souls.” (St. Faustina, Diary, Page XV). Can you even image making this your focus for today, every day? Making your sole focus God [love]…devoting your life to a fuller union with God; cooperating with Jesus…allowing Him to love through you with the intent of saving souls…bringing others to Jesus. Wow…I am not sure where to begin but what I do know is that these words spoke to me and made real the possibility through St. Faustina’s witness that it is possible to unite yourself with God. Her life finds truth deep in my soul that our essential purpose is for a fuller union with God. It’s the very reason why He created each one and every one of us. He created us from Love, to be love…for Him first and then others. In all four Gospels the writers reveal through Sacred Scriptures God’s intent/purpose for our lives. Matthew records Jesus saying: ” Teacher, which commandment is the law is the greatest?” He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord, our God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.’ ” (Matt 22:36-40). In the Gospel of Mark, Mark records Jesus saying: “Jesus replied, ‘The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31). Luke writes in Chapter 10 verse 27 “Jesus said to him, ‘What is written in the law? How do you read it?’ He said in reply, ‘You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.’ He replied to him, ‘You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.’ ” (Luke 10:26-28). John records in his gospel Jesus saying, “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:12-13). Each writer directs our attention to the fact that it is a command by God.
Jesus, knowing His Father…gives us His Father’s commandments:
His commands require 5 things…all five requires LOVE
Love your God with all your heart,
Love Him with all your soul,
Love Him with all your mind,
Love Him with all your strength and
Love your neighbor as yourself.