Sunday, May 8, 2011

When Do Our Hearts Burn for Jesus?

Then they said to each other, "Were not our hearts burning (within us) while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?" - Luke 24:32
"Were not our hearts burning?"
Sometimes my heart burns when I hear Jesus' voice. I hear Him in different ways. Maybe a word in a homily or a prayer or the readings at Mass. Or in a song.
I posted last week that when I attended the diocesan Mass for victims of sexual abuse, the song sung was "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say." And the words really touched my heart and tears streamed down my face.
Sometimes my heart burns when I hear or read someone's witness. Or when I sit in front of the Blessed Sacrament or receive the Eucharist. Or when someone says something that touches me so much, I know it must be from God.
Some of those God-incidences that happen can cause my heart to burn. And those times when God lifts the veil ever so slightly so we can get a glimpse of His presence in our lives.
The thing is, Jesus promised to always be with us. So why is my heart not always burning? Am I not paying attention?
Lord, may my heart continue to burn with love for you. Help me to recognize you in the breaking of the bread. In the words spoken. In the songs sung. In the faces around me. In the silence of my heart.


Karinann said...

I will join you in this beautiful prayer, Colleen.
Hugs and a happy Mother's Day to you.
God bless!

Colleen said...

Karinann, thank you for joining me! Hugs and blessings to you! :)

Anne said...

"Why is my heart not always burning?" That's an excellent question! I'll be pondering that today.

Your changes to the blog are beautiful! God bless you Colleen!

Jean Wise said...

beautiful prayer and good thought provoking question i will dwell with and ponder today. Too often I miss the glimpses of God and His voice.

Colleen said...

Anne, glad you like my blog look! Glad you like that question. I too am reflecting more on that.

Jean, me, too. Glad to give you something to ponder!!

Dave Rosen said...


Thank you for reminding me that my heart will burn for Jesus. Right now I am in a short term "dark night of the soul," but it will pass because God's name is Mercy.

Colleen said...

Dave, I will pray for your dark night to end soon! Thanks for visiting!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Our hearts don't burn when we focus elsewhere.

God bless.

Jade said...

"And those times when God lifts the veil ever so slightly so we can get a glimpse of His presence in our lives."~ Lovely image and just as lovely post!

I also love the new blog layout.

Colleen said...

Victor, amen!!! You put it so well! God bless!

Jade, thank you. :) God bless!

carol@simple_catholic said...

Beautiful meditation and prayer! Thank you for sharing.

Colleen said...

Carol, thank you!

Kathleen@so much to say said...

We do have to be paying attention, but if our hearts burned always, we'd soon lose the sensation in I think it's partly just part of the human condition. However, it's worth pondering, for sure!

Barb Schoeneberger said...

Our hearts burning for Jesus is a foretaste of heaven. But earth is not heaven. Our earthly bodies just can't stand up to a constant burning. We need our heavenly bodies for that.

Also, just because we don't feel the burning doesn't mean our heart is not burning for Jesus. An intention at the beginning of the day to offer all to Jesus through Mary sets us on the right path. Then when we do our daily chores for the Lord, our hearts are burning even if we don't feel it.

Love isn't about feeling but rather about living our promises to God in our ordinary everyday lives, no matter how unglamorous. Like Blessed Mother Teresa said - God asks us to be faithful. Expecting to always feel on fire for Jesus is, I think, a dangerous expectation, especially if God takes someone into the dark night of the soul. So I don't think people should beat up on themselves if their hearts aren't always feeling a burning for Jesus.

Of course, we can always do better in showing our love. I ask Jesus to help me see His love in everything that befalls me, and to take opportunities to serve Him in the people He puts in my path. Without his help I am incredibly dense. You can bet that He will always grant this blessing to whoever asks for it.

So don't worry too much about the feeling on fire. Just know that your heart is always on fire when you are doing His will. Otherwise, a person could get so he was looking for the feeling and not really looking for Jesus.

I also like your new blog look.

Colleen said...

Kathleen, I love pondering scripture verses such as these!

Barb, wow. I love your reply. And I totally agree with what you are saying. And I am glad you said it for others to read as well.
My reflection was just that - a reflection. I was not really using the word "burning" literally. It was more about focusing on Jesus, keeping Him first in my mind and heart. Keeping Him before my eyes, so to speak.
I have experienced the "dark night" and have learned to have faith without the feelings. Or the "warm fuzzies" as my spiritual director always called them.
Hugs and God bless! :)

noreen said...

Hi Colleen, your blog post is beautifully said. I think we all face this question of why we do not feel our heart burning for Jesus? I especially do when I'm in church and singing or listening to a homily.

Last week I had gone to Eucharistic Adoration with my son and I was really tired when we entered and I can honestly say, even though I was in the presence of our Lord, my heart wasn't burning. We pray the rosary with a group and it's usually beautiful moments spent in prayer before our Lord. Not this time though... I was tired and distracted.

I was too much focused on me and I felt terrible about it later and prayed for forgiveness.

Colleen said...

Noreen, thank you for sharing. I know what you mean. We all get those moments of being distracted or too tired or other things on our mind. But God knows our hearts. God bless!