Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9
Eph 3:8-12, 14-19
Faith has a way of saying great things in the simplest of ways. Sometimes a few words say it all, like the simple words the publican in the gospel utters, not raising his head. “Be merciful to me, a sinner!”
Sometimes signs like bread and wine point far beyond themselves to an infinitely generous God. Today’s Feast of the Sacred Heart offers the sign of the human heart as a way of expressing divine love that cannot be measured.
How is it possible to sum up all the words and works of Jesus Christ?
He burned with love for us. The feast of the Sacred Heart is always celebrated on Friday the day Jesus showed us the depth of his love. The day he faced rejection, he gave himself to us. The day he died, he gave us life.
John’s gospel sums up this mystery by pointing to an important moment of that fearful day, when a soldier pierced the heart of Jesus on the cross and blood and water poured out upon the ground. “Immediately blood and water poured out.” Look at these signs as eyewitnesses did then, John’s gospel says. They are powerful signs of God’s love for us and for our world.
An open heart says it all.
- Fr. Victor Hoagland, C.P.