Solemnity of Sacred Heart of Jesus
Today the Church is celebrating the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Heart symbolises love and thus the feast of today is the celebration of love – the love of God expressed and experienced in the history of salvation.
When we speak of the love of God there is a lot to describe about. Let us turn to the Scripture to understand the multi-faceted expression of this love.
- It knows us even before we are formed: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” (Jer 1: 5)
- It has knit us together in our mother’s womb and has given us the existence: “For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Ps 139: 13)
- It carries us always in hand: “See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands.” (Is 49: 16)
- It never forgets us: “Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.” (Is 49: 15)
- It knows every single movement and a slight thought of ours. (Ps 139)
- It has given itself completely on the cross, to the extent of blood and water coming out: “Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out.” (Jn 19: 34)
- The final expression of this love is the continued presence at all times in our lives: “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Mt 28: 20)
Let us resolve to know “the width, the length, the height and the depth… of the love of Christ that surpasses all knowledge,” (Eph 3: 18,19)