July 23 — Reflection:
Romano Guardini, in his book The Lord, observed: “… a psychology of Jesus is an impossibility. A psychology of St. Francis, yes—at least to the point where something beyond mere human nature stirs…. But no such study of Jesus Christ, save the most limited, is feasible. Anyone who attempts to overstep the obvious limitations only loses sight of the authentic figure….”
Many would disagree with Guardini. They would point out that Jesus was fully human and therefore had a fully human psychology. However, Jesus though fully human is uniquely the God-man. There will always be mysteries in Jesus, mysteries of a love that is divine as well as human.
When I imagine you, Lord, who is it that I see? Over the years one image has given way to another. Do I yet know you as you really are? Now and then you let me glimpse One whose love for me and all human beings astonishes me. I cannot but imagine using the mirror of my own heart which in this world cannot be large enough to hold your true image. I want to know you more nearly as you are. Enlarge my heart!