The crowds greeted Jesus as he entered Jerusalem crying out, “Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is the he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest.” We too should be filled with love and joy every time the fire of divine love flashes in our hearts. That fire cannot only warm ourselves, it needs to be shared in order to be truly life-giving.
If you can remember the first time you knew God loved you, wanted to be in relationship with you, or that Jesus was truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, then there is at least a spark of divine love in your heart. Your holiness and happiness depend upon allowing God to make that spark grow. God invites each individual to his loving friendship by means of ongoing conversion and growth in holiness. The work of the Church is to foster and support your friendship with Jesus so that you can more fully respond to his call. My prayer is that each of us will become, what Pope Francis calls, “missionary disciples.”