"Scarcely the expanded heart receives its longing desire, when,¬†rapt in His love, covered with His righteousness, we are no longer the same.¬† We are transformed by adoration, thanksgiving, love, joy, peace, contentment." (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton)
Though we may think of our body parts as finite, the heart is perhaps¬†an exception, for it is infinite in its ability to love and be loved.¬† As such, it is expandable, and when its ultimate desire is Christ, as Mother Seton tells us, we are changed -¬†conforming to the will of God for our lives.¬†
When King Solomon built¬†his temple and dedicated it to God, he prayed, "But will God indeed dwell on the earth?¬† Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You, much less this house that I have built!" (1 Kings 8:27)¬† Though¬†Solomon's temple and the highest heaven cannot contain God, our hearts can!¬†¬†The heart, enlarged by love,¬†can become¬†a dwelling place for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords - what an incredible¬†thought!¬†
Today, let us expand our hearts - by loving those God puts in our path, offering aid to someone in need, forgiving a friend, making a sacrifice.¬† This is the expansion which lets¬†Christ in, which allows the Holy Spirit to create an eternal home for our Father within us.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us!