Tender Love

Once upon a time someone once said, Love is a lot like a backache, it doesn’t show up on X-rays, but you know it’s there.

Today is a good day to ask myself, how sacred is my heart?

Ancient society believes that the seat of all emotions and virtues begins inside a person, namely in the heart.  In my heart resides the power of love.  Hence, many times throughout the scriptures we hear God speaking about tenderness and love for Israel.  God’s heart is so filled with love that God loves us as a parent loves an infant.  Tender love is the image in the book of Hosea in which God holds us up to her cheeks loving us into existence.

In the words of the poet, Denise Levertov, “Six hours outstretched in the sun, yes…,”[1] Jesus demonstrates this tender love, “…why among all the tortured One only is ‘King of Grief.'”[2]   How holy therefore is the piercing of the Savior’s side.  Many early church writers state that blood and water symbolize the sacraments.  Christ literally pours himself out for us.  Tender love for a sacramental people.

Our hearts become sacred when we decide to pour out ourselves for one another.  When challenged, tender love.  In the midst of confusion or chaos, tender love.  Christ tells us that we too can have a sacred heart!  Love does not show up on X-rays, but a heart does.

Happy Feast Day!

Fr. Becket, O.S.B.

[1] Denise Levertov, The Stream and the Sapphire, p. 75.

[2] Ibid., p. 76.

Abbey Church Crucifix


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