The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
To non-Catholics, the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus might sound quite strange. To Catholics, however, it is a very moving and thoroughly human way of relating to the Lord. The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is not about the heart as a muscle, but as representing the center, the soul, the deepest truth about the Lord Jesus.
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is Mercy itself. There the Father’s love shines forth. There we know that we are welcomed and embraced, understood and accepted as we are. There, with all our sins, failures and limitations, we know the certainty that we are chosen and loved.
Contemplating the Heart of Jesus, we are to renew our first love. What is this first love? In the words of Pope Francis: “It is the memory of that time when the Lord touched my soul and called me to follow him.” Allow me, Kuya Brad and Ate Lita, to say that it is the same love of the Sacred Heart that touched both of you and called you to follow him in the state of married life fifty years ago. It is the same love that has helped you to be faithful to one another all through those fifty years. It is the same love that empowers you to live together in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus tells us that his love is limitless – it is never exhausted and it never gives up. The Heart pierced by a lance and left open to receive us shows us Jesus’ infinite and boundless self-giving. There we find the source of that faithful and meek love which sets free and makes others free. There we constantly discover anew that Jesus loves us “even to the end.”
Contemplating and reflecting on the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we are faced with this fundamental question: “Where is my heart directed? What is my heart set on?” Ito ay tanong na dapat natin itinatanong araw-araw. Our life is often full of plans and projects, tasks and chores, events and activities, demands and urgencies. That we need to constantly ask ourselves: “Where is my heart set on?”
In this regard, Pope Francis recommends a beautiful prayer of the Liturgy called Ubi vera Sunt Gaudia” – which says, O God, who cause the minds of the faithful to unite in a single purpose, grant your people to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, amid the uncertainties of this world, our hearts may be fixed on that place where true gladness is found.
As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, let us humbly ask the Lord Jesus to give us a heart like his… a heart that beats only for love… only for God.