Wounded Yet Capable of Divine Love

SOLEMNITY OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

Deut.7:6-11/Ps.102:1-4,6-8/1Jn.4:7-16/Matt.11:25-30


Wounded Yet Capable of Divine Love


The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus recalls the empathetic nature of God towards his creation; it reinforces his kenotic love and the salvific power of the Lord's passion for sinful humankind. Today's celebration must remind us of God's promise to engrave his laws and commandments into the fabric of the human heart to develop a personal and intimate relationship between himself and his chosen people (Jer.31:31-34).


Christ Jesus first engraved the Law into his own heart (Jn.1:1-5; 4:34), and by his example, he modelled for us the character and honour of a consecrated person and sanctified love in action. As a consecrated people in Christ Jesus, St. John in the second reading of today challenges us to embody the heart of Christ that we may all be living signs of God's eternal covenant in the world.


When Christ consecrated us in the water flowing from his Sacred Heart, he made us sacrificial lambs, a line of priests to serve our God (Rev.5:10). In other words, he endowed us with golden hearts capable of eternal love. For this reason, Christ commanded us: love one another just as I have loved you (Jn.13:34-35). On another occasion, Jesus reminded his disciples: "No greater love can a man have than to lay down his life for his friends (Jn.15:13). In other words, when we commemorate the Sacred Heart of Jesus, it is a solid reminder of our sublime responsibility as members of the mystical body of Christ to be symbols of Christ's love in the world. Yes! Even when wounded, we will still be capable of divine love like Christ Jesus.


O God, draw me deeper into the recesses of the Sacred Heart of your Son that I may learn the secrets of his divine love.




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