Excerpt from Church Alive
Talk given by M. Nadine


“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.” (Jn 15:13)

Truly the Holy Spirit has written His law of Love on our hearts. The Catechism has many names for the Holy Spirit, and one of the names given throughout the Church’s history is “Finger of God.” The Holy Spirit is the Finger of God on the Father’s right hand. The Father’s right hand is the Power. Isn’t that beautiful? The Finger of God is what wrote the Ten Commandments. Now it’s the Finger of God that’s writing this new law of Love within our hearts, and He’s writing it with the Father’s right hand. It’s engraved in our hearts. It’s there as a Person – He is the new Law. So we have the Love power, but there’s always a struggle. We don’t always die so easily, even though Jesus said, “I want you to take up your cross daily (see Mt 16:24). I want you to die daily. I want you to decrease daily.” We struggle, and God lets us struggle, but in the struggle, we grow stronger.

It’s really like living the Passover of the Lord at all times. We’re passing from death at one level to Life. We’re passing from darkness within us at one level to Light. We’re passing from negativity or hate or anger at one level into Love. We’re passing from bondage within ourselves into freedom. We’re always experiencing the Passover of the Lord because the Lord within us is carrying us over the threshold.

Jesus said to the Father, “Sacrifice and oblation you did not desire, but a Body you have prepared for Me … Then I said, ‘As it is written of Me in the book, I have come to do Your will, O God’” (Heb 10:5,7). Not just an individual body, but all of us together form that Body. God the Father has prepared a Body, a Mystical Body for Jesus to come again, so that the perfect will of God can be done in, with, and through Jesus who has taken up residency within us. Scripture tells us that we are temples of the Living God (1 Cor 3:16). The Father says, “When you live in accordance with My Word, when you allow Jesus to lay down His life within you and come into union with Me, in, with, and through Him, then I will welcome you and be a Father to you. You will be my sons and daughters.”

“God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.” (1 Jn 4:16)