Today’s Feast of the Sacred Heart is about God loving us with a human heart.
God is love!
Cosmology and all the other sciences keep on discovering mind-blowing facts about our mysterious universe. How much more wonderful, awesome, and full of mystery is the God behind it all. So, to try to imagine the love of God is an enormous challenge for us with our limited realities as human beings.
Jesus is truly human as well as truly God. The Feast of the Sacred Heart is about connecting us with this awesome ‘God with a human heart’.
Jesus welcomed sinners, He welcomed those on the outer, He welcomed those considered ‘bad’ people by others.
He stood up to hypocrisy and any two-faced show of love.
In stories such as the parable of the Prodigal Son, the good shepherd, the woman looking for the lost drachma, and so many others, Jesus would have shocked his contemporaries about how great was God’s forgiveness and love. How extravagant God’s love is!
He asked us to give without expecting anything back, to walk two miles with the one who asks us to walk one mile. To give cloak and tunic to the ones in need, i.e. give all.
When people who had done wrong were brought to Him for judgement, He said that He did not come to judge.
Jesus loved the ‘Father’ fully and was totally united with the ‘Father’ in a bond of trust and love. He tells us that He loves us as the Father loves Him.
He washes the feet of the disciples and says that “the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and give His life as a ransom for many”.
Jesus is the good shepherd who gives His life for His sheep.
The Sacred Heart is about sacred, divine, and human love.
Speaks about healing and forgiveness.
Speaks about unconditional love.
Reminds us that we matter absolutely to God.
Tells us that we can intimately connect heart to heart with Jesus, with God.
Reminds us that we are called to also love in the same way as we are loved by God, as revealed to us in Jesus Christ.
The wounded heart of Jesus heals the wounds of our heart! While helping us to be wounded healers!