Dear Family of Mary!
Fr. Max gave a beautiful homily about truth, light and love on April 8, 2019. I have transcribed it for us to read and ponder. Jesus’ words are divine, the words of God!! They are for all and forever! In our contentious time, Jesus’ words are light and love and truth for us!
English Homily for April 8, 2019 by Fr. Maximilian Dalve:
He invites us to enter into a personal relationship with God, to enter into the family of God, for God is family – a union of love and He invites all of us to be part of it, for all eternity! Therefore, we have to decide for truth and for love. They always go together, like light and warmth in nature are always together. The natural light of the sun always brings with it, warmth, which warms our hearts. So that light which is truth, which is Christ, brings us the Holy Spirit, the love which warms our heart and enkindles in our hearts the fire of love. They always go together.
Today we have created (this is a human achievement) that we can separate light from warmth – LED lights! They give light but not warmth. If you want to see an analogy of God, you have to go to creation. There light and warmth are always together. Just look at a fire, at the flame of a candle. Therefore, it is so beautiful to contemplate it because it speaks to us about the light of the world and the love of God, which is the Holy Spirit. The light is not just a concept, just an idea, just a philosophy, but it is a Person. The Truth is a Person, Jesus. So, Love is not just a feeling. Love is a Person. It is the Holy Spirit dwelling in us.
Yes, a lot of light has been given into today’s world to the Church. Just think of the teachings of John Paul II. Think of the Catechism he gave us. All the truth is in there. Think of all his encyclicals, “The Splendor of the Truth”, a most beautiful encyclical which speaks about the truth. Not just the light, but the splendor of the truth. And then to all these teachings, Benedict XVI had given his theological, doctrinal foundation. And after that the Holy Spirit had to give us a pastoral pope.
Now doctrine has to have certain principals and it has to stand firm, but a pastoral activity has to go beyond. Because there are always specific cases which cannot be contemplated in firm doctrine, which is needed. They are both needed. So, it is a gift of the Holy Spirit to have Pope Francis who opens his arms and goes beyond – that everyone can reveal the truth which is in him. Because in the pontificate of John Paul II and Benedict XVI there had been a lot of teachers in the Church that did not agree with the magisterium. They went on to make their own teachings and they were hiding. And so, Jesus, the light of truth, brings it all up. Everyone can express himself. And therefore, we have this big confusion. But don’t worry. Mary says if you are with Jesus, if you follow the light, she says: “My children those who act in the light of merciful love and truth are always helped by Heaven and are not alone.”
Mary never said to have endless discussion, but to give thanks and praise to God. And adore as much as possible my Son. Adore him, obviously in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist. But we have our duties, so we cannot always be in church. But let us always adore Him in our hearts. There we can focus and not go with every wind of doctrine which goes left and right and up and down. Don’t worry about that because one day we will all be before the light of truth, and God will not ask what the others said, and what your opinion is, but where you heart is.
When your heart is in the light of truth, when you heart is filled with the Holy Spirit, you are fit for heaven. Today you are the light of the world, today You will enlighten this world. Mary said, Be the light, the reflection of Jesus which will enlighten this unfaithful world, which walks in darkness. So, let us now be the light. And let us not worry about anything else. For heaven is with us in a most special way, “like never before” also Mary in a message said. Let us be the light, by loving adoration, by falling in love with Jesus, by giving thanks and praise. Now on earth, and forever in Heaven. Amen
You can view Fr. Dalve’s homily here: https://marytv.tv/english-mass-in-medjugorje/
Look for April 8, 2019
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