A Heart Full Of Love
Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Scriptural Readings: Deuteronomy 7:6-11; Psalms 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 10;
1 John 4:7-16; Matthew 11:25-30
My dear encountered couples:
Today we celebrate one of the greatest devotions of Christianity – The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Sacred Heart stands as a symbol of the whole human body of Jesus Christ. The heart is at its core, representing the very real life of Jesus our Savior; a heart which was formed in Mary’s womb; a heart which beat as he preached the Good News and healed the sick; a heart that stopped on the cross and was then pierced by the soldier’s lance. It is also the heart that beat once more at the Resurrection and continues to do so for us today.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus is therefore a powerful reminder of the love of Christ poured out for us all. In the Sacred Heart, we see the love of God - a love which created humankind and then redeemed us in our fallen nature. It was a love that could forgive those who nailed Him to a cross.
If we sometimes feel disconnected from the love of God which created and sustains us, then the Sacred Heart serves to remind us of all the human heart is capable of. It was this human heart of Christ which can teach us that, through grace, we too are capable of loving God, ourselves and others to a degree which we may have thought impossible. As we read in our second reading today; the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us (Romans 5:5).
We often reject this love of God and have done so throughout our human history. But the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus does not end upon rejection; it loves all the more. When the soldier pierced Christ’s side, His heart did not close but instead opened, and out flowed the blood and water of our redemption. It is the great mystery of this total and reckless love of Christ for us, and the invitation to share in it and love in return, which marks devotion to the Sacred Heart. We are called to love as totally and recklessly as Him who gave His life for us.