“Jesus came to open my ears to another voice that says, ‘I am your God, I have molded you with my own hands, and I love what I have made. I love you with a love that has no limits, because I love you as I am loved. Do not run away from me'” (p157).
Reading: Sections 16 to 19, Road to Daybreak
Thank you to each of you – this continues to be a tender and caring group of people, calling each other to draw deeper into the heart of Jesus. The reading for this week gives us many more opportunities to share, reflect and grow.
1_Henri shares his reflection on how many of us love Jesus, but at the same time have fears about what it will cost to follow Him fully. Henri is very honest with his list of “I love Jesus, but…” (p147).
a) You are invited to reflect on your own list of fears that hold you back from fully surrendering to Jesus. You might choose to share some of them: “I love Jesus, but…”
2_ The story of Jesus calling Mary of Magdala by name touches Henri deeply (John 20:16). “Jesus knows Mary of Magdala…He knows every part of her heart” (p165). The realization that “the one who truly knows her truly loves her” speaks to a deep fear of his. He elaborates Mary’s response: “You who know me so fully, come and be my master. I do not want to keep you away from any part of myself. I want you to touch the deepest places of my heart so that I won’t belong to anyone but you” (p165).
a) What is it like to be fully known and fully loved by the Creator of the Universe?
b) Does your heart have the same response as Mary’s?
3_ Henri writes about the miracle of multiplication of fish and bread (John 6:5-9). This miracle happened when someone rather small gave something rather small to Jesus. Henri sees the same miracle happening every day in L’Arche. He concludes “the miracle of the multiplication of bread continues. It is just a question of having an eye for it” (p171).
a) Have you seen a miracle of multiplication in your life, or around you? Please share.
b) What “small thing” do you have the opportunity to give to Jesus today, so that He can multiply it?
As always, please do not feel bound by these questions. There is so much in this section to reflect upon!
Ray and Brynn