Today we celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart in the Catholic Church. I recently read that this feast is a Divine Corrective. Just as we might view the birth of Jesus as the arrival of God’s love and light into a world grown cold and dark through sin, so we might view the growth of the devotion to the Sacred Heart as a response to the world grown cold. When we live in disconnection from God, we become confused and demoralized. In a world that is constantly pulling us away, we need a constant reminder of God’s love and mercy and a positive view of our own sacredness.
Devotion to the love of God had been a part of popular devotion since the early days of the Church, and, with a few exceptions, the symbol of that love was the blood and water flowing from the wounded side of Christ as he hung on the cross.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through himJohn 3:17
Real love aligns actions and words. Jesus proves His love through the sacrifice of His human life. And this is what we celebrate in the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart. It truly is an apt symbol pointing to the reality of divine/human love.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Your love for me.