What must I do to inherit eternal life ?
The mystery of God is open to a person that can see and hear. The source of the inner spiritual senses of every human being is the heart. It is a place of dialogue and encounter; it is an ability to see and listen. It is "our hidden center, the place of truth and decision in which we choose life or death, it is a place of covenant with God" (see: Catechism of the Catholic Church 2562).
The heart is something very personal, it is the inner voice of our conscience. The Paschal Mystery, which we commence, in accordance with the rhythm of the Liturgical Year, is also a mystery of the heart. Above all, it is a mystery of the suffering Heart of Jesus.
When does the human heart really begin to see, listen and understand?
It is when it is open ... just as the heart of God is open to us. The wounded Heart of Jesus, pierced by the spear, is the image of the full opening and total dedication to God and people, it is an expression of God's merciful love for humanity and an infinite source of life and hope (cf. John 19: 34.) We need a heart which is capable of listening and seeing, a sensitive heart that can return anew to what is essential in the life of a person, and to what is most important in our life: to the scholar's question: how to live real life? (cf. Luke 10: 25-37).
The most important thing in every person's life is the presence of God. Perhaps that is why St. Vincent Pallotti, already from his youth could say: to think with God, to feel with God, to want with God. A happy life and daily good decisions come from this first fundamental choice - the choice of God, who sees me, listens to me and understands me.
An open heart that sees, listens, understands and knows and feels what Love is, also knows who needs it today. Pope Francis says, that more than ever today the world needs tenderness. Therefore, we shall feel called to pour onto the world the love received from the Lord and offer it to those who are close to us, in the Church, in the family and in society. Love is the meaning of life. Every person who really sees, listens and understands, carries help to the whole world and makes God present in it.
To follow the path of Lent, is to follow the voice of the heart, which is ultimately God's voice. Let us pray to Mary the Sorrowful Mother, who is standing under the cross, that we may learn to see where our love is needed. Let us pray for an awakening of our hearts, that when we look-we may see, when we listen-we may hear. Let us live the full life that God has chosen for us. Then, we will understand what the good life of the Gospel means: the life of a child of God freed from sin.
Sr. Izabela Świerad, SAC
Rome, Lent 2019