In Conversation with God:
… he makes do with a poor animal for a throne…
Jesus weeps over the impenitence of Jerusalem. How eloquent these tears of Christ! They are full of mercy, sorrowing over the city which has rejected him.
Every means had been tried, including miracles, actions and words, sometimes in a tone of severity, at other times with leniency… Jesus had tried everything with everyone, in the town and in the countryside, with simple people and with learned doctors of the Law, in Galilee and in Judaea. Today, as well, and in every age, Jesus offers the riches of his grace to every man, because his will is always to save.
In our lives also, every means has been tried and every remedy has been made available. On so many occasions Jesus has sought those little encounters with us! How very many ordinary and extraordinary graces have been showered upon us in our lives! … He worked with human hands, he thought with a human mind. He acted with a human will, and with a human heart he loved…
Free man, subject yourself to a voluntary servitude, so that Jesus won’t have to say of you what He is said to have told Saint Teresa about others: ‘Teresa, I was willing. But men were not.’
But why did God not prevent the first man from sinning? St. Leo the Great responds, “Christ’s inexpressible grace gave us blessings better than those the demon’s envy had taken away.” and St. Thomas Aquinas wrote, “There is nothing to prevent human nature’s being raised up to something greater, even after sin; God permits evil in order to draw forth some greater good. Thus St. Paul says, ‘Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more’; and the Exsultet sings, ‘O happy fault,. . . which gained for us so great a Redeemer!'”
… written on these walls are the colors that i can’t change, leave my heart open but it stays right here in its cage… although i am broken, my heart is untamed still…