Set Me on Fire
The last day of the Divine Mercy Novena was a prayer for the lukewarm. We need to think about this. Are we lukewarm? There is a quote in Revelations 3:16 that I find disturbing; “So, then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spit you out of My mouth”. We are supposed to be on fire for the Lord. He is supposed to be the center of our lives. We are supposed to point to the Lord at every opportunity. We should be so on fire that certain people avoid us because they don’t want to hear about Him again. Are we on fire? Or are we going through the motions of being a Christian?
Do we look forward to going to mass because we get to receive Jesus or because of the people we’ll see? Do we think only four hours before we get to receive communion? Are we happy we get to go to mass or are our attitudes we have to go to church? Do we go to church because of the Third Commandment or because we want to?
Do we feel we have to go to mass everyday, we just can’t miss it? Not because of what God would think but because we depend on and need that time with God in communion? Are we tempted to cut lines when it is time to receive? Do we find it disturbing to stay away, so disturbing even snow storms can’t keep us away? If this sounds strange to you then you don’t really know what it means to be on fire, to need the Lord so much, to love the Lord so much you can’t stay away. But this is only the beginning of being on fire?
We go to church to mass to receive the Eucharist to be filled with Jesus, to be filled with His love. Once we are filled we need to take His love to others and bring them to Him. We need to seek opportunities to talk about Jesus’ love and bring people to Him. We need to teach our children about God’s love and bring them to Christ. We need to talk to the sick and teach them about the love of God for them that is present in the Eucharist.
If you read the New Testament that is how it was for the first Christians. They couldn’t stay away from mass. They couldn’t stay away from the love of Jesus present in the Eucharist. If they were caught they could be killed but they couldn’t stay away from the Eucharist. They knew the power of the love that was present, a love so great they risked their lives to receive it.
They were so in love with Jesus and so open to His love in the Eucharist they experienced miracles. They believed that He loved them despite their sins and that He had gone to prepare a place for them so glorious they were willing to die for Him. Do we have that kind of love?
What about us? We can drive right up to mass and at most we might face a little discrimination but that isn’t really common anymore. The worse we face is usually ignorance of what the Church teaches, often in our own pews as much as outside of church. We find people may disagree with our positions on abortion and gay marriage but it usually isn’t the Christians who disagree.
Think about all those people who disagree? Have you ever talked to them? Not about abortion or gay rights but about the fact that Jesus loves them and is waiting in the Tabernacle to pour His love on them. Forget the issues that divide us just get people to Church to sit in front of Jesus so that He can touch their hearts. Teach about Jesus’ love, how much He loves them, that He died for them and would have gone through the whole Passion just for them if it was necessary because He wants to save them from their sins, He wants to pour His love on them and bless them. Just get them to sit in front of the Tabernacle and open themselves up to the love of the Lord and He will perform spiritual miracles. If they open themselves up to His love they will be amazed at the changes. You may not see it right away but He will work wonders.
The more you get people to sit in silence with Him the more He will do. Pray for them to be open to all of the graces that He wants to pour out upon them. Pray for Him to pour His love out upon them. Pray for them to have the patience to just sit there and allow Jesus to touch their hearts. Lay hands on them if you can. Sit with them if necessary but get them to Jesus.
We live in a lost world. More and more people are getting lost. Jesus wants us to be on fire and bring people to Him. Tell them of His burning love for them and bring them to Him in the Eucharist. You don’t have to be Catholic or in the state of grace to adore Jesus in the Eucharist, just to receive Him. If you get a non Catholic or someone else to sit with Him, slowly maybe but definitely He will do the rest. The power that created the Universe sits waiting for people to come to Him in the Tabernacle. He is the answer to all of our problems if we open ourselves to His love.
Lord, I have been lukewarm for too long. Set me on fire. I want to burn for You. I want to bring people to You. Please give me the graces I need to bring others to You in the Eucharist. Give me the courage, the words and the opportunity to lead people to You. Amen