Why, Lord Jesus, dost Thou love men;
why are they all Thy treasures?
What wonder is this, that Thou shouldst so esteem them as to die for them?
Shew me the reasons of Thy love, that I may love them too.
O Goodness ineffable!
They are the treasures of Thy goodness.
Who so infinitely lovest them that Thou gavest Thyself for them.
Thy Goodness delighted to be communicated to them whom Thou hast saved.
O Thou who art more glorious in Goodness,
make me abundant in this Goodness like unto Thee.
That I may as deeply pity others, misery,
and as ardently thirst for their happiness as Thou dost.
Let the same mind be in me that is in Jesus Christ.
For he that is not led by the spirit of Christ is none of His.
Holy Jesus I admire Thy love unto me also.
O that I could see it through all those wounds!
O that I could feel it in all those stripes!
O that I could hear it in all those groans!
O that I could taste it beneath the gall and vinegar!
O that I could smell the savour of Thy sweet ointments,
even in this Golgotha, or place of a skull.
I pray Thee teach me first Thy love unto me, and then unto mankind!
But in Thy love unto mankind I am beloved.
______ Centuries of Meditations