When I was a junior in high school, we received a new pastor in Church Point. For the first couple months that Father Jeff was at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, he would often end his homilies with these words: “Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto thine.” I don’t know if it’s because he repeated it so much or because it’s so profound, but that line, that aspiration†, has stuck with me for the past ten years. When my eyes turn to the Sacred Heart Icon hanging in my room or when I just really feel moved to be a saint, I often say that little aspiration again: “Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto thine.”
Being a Christian is about transformation, about new horizons. The real Christian is the man, the woman, who can say with St. Paul, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20). Being a Christian is about changing our hearts, about a change in the depths of our being.
That’s what this blog is about-being a Christian. It’s about conversion, it’s about having hearts like Jesus. That’s why I decided to call this blog, Like Unto Thine, because I’m asking Jesus to make my heart and to make your heart just like his.
I’m writing a long paper over this next year or so (a thesis) about how Jesus made Christians as he walked on this earth. What does it really mean to be a follower of Jesus? What does it really mean to be a disciple? As I ask those questions, reading the Bible very closely and researching very diligently, I want to share some of my reflections with you. I think…I hope…that sharing these reflections can help you be a better Christian, a holier person, a saint. I hope that these reflections will be used by Jesus to make your heart and my heart like unto his. Let’s keep each other in prayer!
†aspiration – An aspiration is a short prayer meant to be memorized and repeated throughout the day. Aspirations like “Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto thine” can help us to think about God throughout the day and they can help focus our minds when we are distracted by temptations. “Aspiration” comes from the Latin ad (to, toward) + spiratio (breathing) and means something like “breathing forth.” The online etymological dictionary says that the notion is of “panting with desire.” May we use these aspirations to pant with desire for God, longing for him more and more!