A young couple were travelling on the bike…a jolly ride.
Fast they went…thru the narrow streets, wide highways, lush-green meadows and fruit-laden fields.
As they moved across a rather long highway, at a high speed…
… the rider – the young husband – realized that the brakes of the bike had failed.
But he didn’t allow his wife to know the impending danger.
Instead as they were conversing, he asked her, “Do you really love and trust me?”
>> The wife answered, “Of course I do! And am so happy to love and be loved by you!”
Then the husband said, as he was riding, “Then take off my helmet and put it on for yourself! Let’s see whether you trust in my riding skills!”
The girl- innocent and unsuspecting – felt it as a challenge, and went on the take the helmet and put it for herself.
In a few moments, the bike, whose brakes had failed, would soon crash onto a tree…!
The young husband suffered from serious head injuries…
… but the girl, with the helmet on her head, remained safe…
All because, the boy, in his deep love for her, had sacrificed his life, for the safety of his love!
True love, by its nature, moves out of oneself…
… and gives in total self-giving to the other… to the one who is loved!
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – in Which is displayed the greatest expression of Love…
… a God who madly loves humanity and gave Himself up, in entirety for us, Whom He loves!
In the year 1673, Our Blessed Lord appeared to St. Margaret Mary and made her to rest her head upon His Heart; and during which He revealed to her the wonders of His love.
He revealed to her, His Sacred Heart and requested her to establish the Feast of the Sacred Heart, the Friday after the Corpus Christi, the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, in order to make reparation for sins which offend His Sacred Heart.
In her vision, she saw His wounded heart, on fire with love, saying, “Behold this Heart which has loved men so much and has received such little love in return.”
It was on June 11, 1899 Pope Leo XIII solemnly consecrated the whole mankind to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The Gospel of the day presents the account of how the Heart of our Blessed Lord was pierced with a lance, on Mount Calvary.
“But one soldier thrust his lance into His side, and immediately blood and water flowed out” (Jn 19: 34)
The Catholic tradition identifies the water as the symbol of Baptism and the Blood as the symbol of the Holy Eucharist.
· The Water symbolizes purification.
· The Blood symbolizes atonement.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus is today one of the most recognizable symbols of the Christian faith.
· The picture consists of the Heart, with the wound of the lance in its side, a crown of thorns about it, a cross above it and flames surrounding it.
This Sacred Heart of Jesus represents not simply His physical heart but His love for all humankind.
This Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of the Lord teaches us many things…
1. It teaches us the immense love that the Lord possesses for each one of us, personally.
>> Have I experienced the tremendous love that the Lord has for me?
I may feel myself low.
>> I may consider myself to be not very good.
>> I may think that my life is just not worth living.
>> I may deem that my past has ruined my life very badly.
>> I may judge that situations around me can never be changed.
Even with all these things, am I convinced that “Jesus loves me”, still…
… and that He will take me through, by the power of His love?
2. It teaches us the pain and the agony that the Lord still undergoes as a result of our sin and the sins of the world
Do I realize that a sinful life brings tears to the Lord and causes more wounds to the Precious Heart of the Lord?
There is nothing which pains the Lord more than sin.
>> It was for our salvation that He shed even the last drop of His blood.
>> He not just wants but insists and demands and commands us to live in holiness.
Do I give heed to this “passionate and sincere” call of the Lord to live our lives in sanctity and in accordance to God’s Will in my life?
3. It teaches us the need to be part of the process of redemption that Christ has won for us and to be shareholders in His mission of bringing God’s love to all
Do I become aware that Christ is calling me to be part of His redemptive work of salvation?
>> Christ still suffers and undergoes pains.
>> From the Cross, He cried, “I thirst” (Jn 19: 28)
>> He desires that people who have known and experienced His love become effective agents of bringing His love to others.
By a life of sacrifices (tiny or great…little or huge), by simple acts of love, compassion and mercy and by greater participation in the Sacramental Life of the Church, the love of the Sacred Heart can be brought to many more people.
Am I willing to take up this responsibility that the Lord is handing on to us?
We live in times when heart diseases and ailments are on the rise…
>> Physically: Heart Attacks, Hole in the heart, Congestive Heart failures, Narrowing of the arteries…
>> Emotionally: A Broken Heart, A Fearful Heart, An Anxious Heart, A Discouraged Heart, A Lonely Heart, A Rejected Heart…
>> Spiritually: An Angry Heart, A Sinful Heart, An Unrepentant Heart, A Lukewarm Heart, A Lustful Heart, An Unfaithful Heart…
We all, possess one or more aspects of these hearts….
Perhaps, , we need a Spiritual Heart Surgery…
… a change of heart…to be more like the Heart of Jesus!
>> In Ezekiel 36:26, the Lord says, “I will give you a New Heart….”
The Sacred Heart is burning with love for each of us!
>> “The Love of Jesus ever gives, forgives, outlives;
And ever stands with open hands;
And while it lives, it gives,
For this is love’s prerogative
To give, and give, and give!”
Let us be united with the Sacred Heart of the Lord…
… renew our consecration this day to Him…
… and pray and persevere, to Live Love, in its purity, in its faithfulness and in its truth!
LET’S LIVE LOVE, TO GIVE LOVE
>> LET’S LIVE JESUS, TO GIVE JESUS!
Happy Feast to Jesus, our Beloved…and Happy Feast to all of us, His Lovers!
God Bless! Live Jesus!