How can a person describe the Sacred Heart of Jesus? It is a heart commonly wrapped in thorns as mockery. It is a heart pierced, wounded. It is a heart of salvation, charity called love. It is the heart of a shepherd, recall “Good Shepherd Sunday.” It is a heart that offers forgiveness, a broken heart. A heart that offers salvation, a heart pure. A heart sacred. Descended from heaven, born in a manger, it screams follow me. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is an old one.
The first reading of the day Dt 7:6-11 : Moses says “You are a people sacred to the LORD, your God; he has chosen you from all the nations on the face of the earth to be a people peculiarly his own.” God’s Love for man, or God is love, and that is at the heart of Jesus. It is its center. The Sacred Heart if Jesus is God’s love for man. More than love, a love temporary it is fidelity. Fidelity, faithful. Fidelity, loyal. Fidelity, truthful. The Sacred Heart is one of fidelity. The Sacred Heart is one of emotions. Not one of body, but one of spirit. It is the essence of life, an organ revered. Don’t view the organ as a modern physician: to them it is a simple pump. To the ancients it was the seat of life and reason and emotion. It is both emotion and intellect. Think Cupid, think Love. It is a heart that delivered the Hebrews from slavery. That is why John says “This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit. Moreover, we have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God….” And concludes: “God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.” God is love, and the Sacred Heart is God. 1 Jn 4:7-16
At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to little ones. Mt 11:25-30
And a Sacred Heart calls us, it reaches out. Please note that early on I mentioned “the Good Shepherd” The Sacred Heart is a Shepherd, it is not an organ that simply pumps blood. Imagery is important.