Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
From Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque to the present age, devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus has flourished. Each year our lectionary readings give us a different aspect of the theology for the solemnity. This year, we focus on the image of a gruesome post-crucifixion autopsy and the fulfillment of God’s destiny for his son.
In the gospel and the Isaiah canticle, we are given the icon of Jesus’ heart from which the flowing waters and blood were poured into our world to transform it. Hosea calls us to open our hearts with pity and stirred to love. The letter to the Ephesians wants our hearts to have Christ dwell within them, allowing his love to flow from our hearts to others. More importantly, this letter encourages us to allow Christ to surpass our own knowledge so that we may live in the fullness of God — the fullness of the heart of God.
Each time we see a crucifix and images of Christ on the cross, we are reminded of this sacred love that the Lord was willing to share: a heart so full of love that he was willing to give his life for us. The Eucharist is also that sacred heart from which we draw so much love, strength, and courage to deal with our own suffering. We are called to model and allow the body and blood of Christ to flow through us to transform our world. Reflecting on icons of the beating hearts of God’s family, we touch God’s heart again. From the cross, God’s love flowed: a spring of salvation flowing into our lives — and from us to each other’s hearts.
Let Us Pray:
Gentle shepherd, loving God, you call us to seek you with a sincere heart. Help us love and forgive those most in need and give them our hearts and the face of your love to renew their spirits. Through Christ our Lord.
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