Is Jesus angrily splitting hairs, or he is (strong) lovingly revealing the following?
- Love first begins deep in the heart, and so intentions matter: "Let your word be 'Yes, Yes' or 'No, No'; anything more than this comes from the evil one."
- Love is an absolute and must be sought at all costs: "If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell."
- Every nook and cranny of the heart must be animated by love: "First be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift."
- Love must also translate into action: "Carry out the vows you have made to the Lord."
Thankfully, Jesus makes love and loving possible. Jesus speaks so strongly because He lays His heart on the line for this. And, so we pray, in the words of the German mystic, St. Gertude (+1302)
Hail, Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and strengthening source of eternal life, infinite treasury of the divinity, burning furnace of divine love! You are my refuge and my sanctuary. My loving Savior, consume my heart in that burning fire with which Your own is inflamed. Pour into my soul those graces which flow from Your love. Let my heart be so united with Yours that our wills may be one, and my will in all things conformed with Yours. May Your Will be the guide and rule of my desires and of my actions. Amen.
Yours in Christ,