Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

1 Peter 1:3-9, 23

“By His great mercy we are born anew to a living hope…” 

All these people in great need of mercy and love.  All these people reaching out to Thee above.  In Your compassion, O Lord, You did desire it, that we would be renewed with Love from the Holy Spirit.

“…through the resurrection of Jesus the Christ from the dead, and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled and unfading…”

This great font of mercy pours forth from Your side, as Your heart was pierced by the soldiers lance. That heart now open makes us renewed, when by blood and we are bathed in Your everlasting Mercy and Love.

“…kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

A treasure beyond wealth began to unfold, Salvation from within, a true mystery to behold.  A mystery not quite understood, but a mystery kept safe by God’s own Word.  Revealed to us by faith, we cling to the Cross awaiting heaven. 

“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may suffer various trials…”

As the world hated Jesus, so too does the world despise us who follow Him.  Suffer for Love of Him who suffered first the iniquitous crime of loving His creation so much, that He died a criminal’s death – crucified – hung on a tree (Gal 3:13), for our sins.

“so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus the Christ.”

For by faith in Christ, we are healed.  By faith in the Love of God we are made whole.  By faith in the abounding mercy of God we are saved!

“As the outcome of your faith obtain the salvation of your souls.”

“Without having seen Him, you love Him; though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted Joy.” 

Such is the celebration of the Holy Mass!  We do not “see Him”, but we believe that He is here, in the Blessed Sacrament, under the appearance of bread and wine.  Though we are unworthy, He gives us Himself – Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity – in the Holy Eucharist to be consumed and united so intimately with us!  Rejoice, O people of God!  For your God has come down from Heaven, the Word was made flesh, and then He gave us His flesh to eat, His blood to drink, that we might have everlasting life, (Jn 6:53-58)!

By the action of a penitent heart, God’s mercy flows into our own hearts, renewing us, making us a new creation.  Most importantly, we are given a Living Hope that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading!  That is why we sing His praises, and that is why we rejoice in His Everlasting Love.  What could be more glorious than this?

“You have been born anew, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living [Word] of God.”

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