Growing up, I had never heard of the concept of a “starter home.” Back then, people just had a home. If the family grew beyond its capabilities, they would build an addition … a second story, another bedroom… When the need presented itself, they would make room for more.
When new life comes into a family, be it by birth, adoption, or marriage, we need to not only make room in our homes, but we need to make room in our hearts for love. This experience of stretching and growing is painful at times. We are required to make compromises, to sacrifice, to give up parts of ourselves… to be immersed in the mystery of sacrificial love.
“Enlarge the space for your tent, spread out your tent cloths unsparingly; lengthen your ropes and make firm your pegs.” (Isaiah 54:2)
In the Old Testament, the tent is the place of encounter with God. For us who have been born again through the waters of baptism, the place of encounter with God is in our hearts. This tent, this dwelling place, is the one God is asking us to enlarge. We need to make room for the Body of Christ, that is, the whole Mystical Body of Our Lord. We need to make room for each one of the great citizens of the Kingdom of God.
“Be magnanimous in your view of things, broad in your desires, great in your love!” – Saint Peter Julian Eymard
Each time we receive the Eucharist, He increases our capacity for love. Each time we give of ourselves to our neighbor, we spread out our tent cloths a little bit more. Growing in virtue, we make firm our pegs; striving in prayer, we lengthen our ropes. Let us not be afraid of the growing pains of love.
Let us pray:
Lord, help us prepare the way for all of You in our hearts. …Thy Kingdom Come!
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