Thursday, August 3, 2023

Thought Adjuster: “Many of you have experienced the sorrow that stems from love unreceived or turned down by the subject of your affection. You are then faced with a choice: Will you emotionally recoil and shut down your heart or, rather than squandering this precious love substance, will you redirect it to love-hungry souls? The best option is a no-brainer.

What would Jesus’ attitude be in such a case? He depicted it in the story of a ruler who gave a great supper but all his invitees began to make poor excuses. After dealing with his initial angry reaction of disappointment toward the ungrateful non-show guests, he decided to channel his generosity toward more worthy candidates: He asked his loyal servants to go out quickly “into the streets and lanes of the city, out into the highways and the byways, and bring hither the poor and the outcast, the blind and the lame, that the marriage feast may have guests.’.” [UB, 167:2.2].

This parable contains various teachings. It can also pertain to ‘unreceived love.’ Love is a nutritious substance when acknowledged with an open heart. Rather than withdrawing it and letting it go to waste when given a cold shoulder, it can be diverted toward receptive hearts. Do not allow your heart to turn cold when faced with rejection. Instead, keep the eternal flame of love burning. Remember that it only takes a spark to get a fire going. Use your love as a tinder to put other hearts aflame. It will sanctify your love. Give it a try and see how much better it will feel.”