For God Is Love!
Today we celebrate the feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Devotion to the Sacred Heart has become one of the most enduring throughout the centuries. Its importance and meaning are made very clear in the second Scripture reading from today’s mass.
“Beloved, let us love one another because love is of God;
everyone who loves is begotten of God
and has knowledge of God.
The man without love has known nothing of God,
for God is love.
God’s love was revealed in our midst in this way:
God sent his only Son to the world
that we might have life through him.
Love, then, consists in this:
not that we have loved God,
but that God has loved us and has sent his Son as an offering for our sins” (1 John: 4: 7-10).
We have long recognized that the heart is the center of our emotions and feelings. So Jesus’ physical heart easily becomes for us the representation of divine love for humanity. In the image of Divine Mercy that depicts the love of God pouring from Jesus’ side we have a profound picture of how the Sacred Heart of Jesus showers rays of love and forgiveness on our broken world.
Saint Paul of the Cross often told those to whom he was giving spiritual direction to meditate on the Passion of Jesus. If one has difficulty meditating, he advises them to pray: “Oh, my Love! What happened to your heart in that garden! Oh, what suffering, what shedding of blood! What bitter agony, and all for me! Having done this, continue your loving repose in God, in peace, in silence.”
Today gives us the perfect time to reflect on the wisdom of placing our cares on Jesus’ heart and let them be consumed in the flames of his Love.