Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Growing up, I never gave much thought to solemnities. Holy days of obligation, yes! It was a day off from school. My father in law belonged to the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a group of Italian-American men by birth or by marriage. They are known for their pasta making skills and serving hungry Houstonians every Thursday. My parents joined Sacred of Heart of Jesus parish when they moved from my childhood home. Despite this, I never thought about the meaning of the Sacred Heart of Jesus until a couple of years ago.
I am a member of the art and environment committee at my parish. The committee decided to create a large heart for Lent to represent the mercy of Jesus. Several canvases were used, a heart was drawn and painted in various shades of Lenten purple. The center of the heart was left open, inviting parishioners to enter into the heart of Jesus. It was captivating and so powerful that we decided to carry it over into the Easter season. During Holy Week, the heart was transformed into the resurrected heart of Jesus painted in gold leaf and brilliant yellow. I was in awe and fell in love with the heart of Jesus.
Jesus tells us in today’s gospel, Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart. The heart of Jesus is this, and so much more. Like the Eucharist, his heart feeds and sustains us, is merciful, forgiving, kind, compassionate, loving, and life-giving. His heart goes on forever.
Saint Eymard, in a letter to Jenny Gaudioz, instructs her: Therefore, be faithful to this beloved grace, grow in humility, in the death of Jesus, to reach the opening of his divine heart. The spear which will open this heart of love is a spear like the one of Saint Theresa of Saint Julienne, which wounds the heart of Jesus and opens it in order to be able to enter into it; may it be your dwelling!
In this time of uncertainty and turmoil in the world, I invite you to enter the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for his yoke is easy and his burden light.
Let Us Pray:
Pursue me, O God, with your fathomless love. In your tent let me dwell all the days of my life. Amen. (From “Come to Me,” original text and music by Gregory Norbert, OSB)
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