We are gathered in the Upper Room. The doors are closed; there are enemies outside. Jesus enters and says to us: Peace be with you! He says it again bringing a moment of peace (Jn 20). The world is wide open before us. It is the first day of the week, the day of resurrection, the first day of the re-creation of the world. He says to us now: “Go forth to bring the world the gospel of peace, a civilization based on my heart. However, do not be so grand that you forget that a civilization based on my heart begins with a healing touch. That is how I have changed the world.”
A civilization based upon Jesus’ heart is just and merciful. The truest reparation to the heart of Jesus is being united with him in his repairing of the damage done by injustice and lack of mercy. In the words of Pope John Paul II, we need “to build the civilization of the heart of Christ on the ruins of the past.”
Even though you are very concerned with individual human hearts, Lord, you also have a large vision of what our world can be like. You have called us, you have called me, to be a restorer of ruins, a messenger of your heart.