Though Jesus loves each human being individually with a very special love, his heart is open to the whole world. The apostles of his heart cannot be closed on self or on their immediate companions in life. Even a cloistered nun or monk has to have a large vision. We are called to give freely what we have received from the heart of Jesus.
Jesus’ call to us is very personal, even intimate—Isaiah says we are written on the palm of his hand (Is 49). Each of us can say: He has loved me—sinful me! He has loved me with an everlasting love. That is the Good News we proclaim in word and deed—that is our mission—to tell the world that this is how God loves human hearts. A world that is cold and alien very much needs to hear that message. It is good for humility to remember that our outreach is not pure goodness as is God’s. All human beings have similar needs. In our outreach God works on all of us at the same time.
Give me a larger vision of the world and of my place in it, Lord. Protect me from a narrow and selfish view of life. Let me see opportunities where I might otherwise see only problems.