Grace to you!
Emojis have become an evolution in modern communication. People say so much without any text, simply by sending one or two emojis. One of the most trending of all emojis is the heart symbol.
The heart emoji captures everything tender and deep. From a heart emoji in varied colors signifying different levels of love to a heart emoji that is pierced, symbolizing suffering for love or sacrificial love. Each heart emoji is laden with meaning.
Centuries before emojis were born, God had shown to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, the most powerful image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – a heart pierced with a lance for love of the world, including you.
Have you ever paused to ponder what the image of the Sacred Heart says to you? To contemplate that image is to contemplate the depth of God’s love and mercy for the world.
Of all the pains people feel for broken hearts, the most agonizing is when you are an innocent victim. The heart of Jesus is the epitome of innocence bruised. Yet his heart lives on with all the force of love even for all who stabbed it.
Jesus, the Son of God, is the perfect example of purity and holiness made fresh. His heart is so sacred that no dent of sin or impurity is in it. It was literally pierced with a lance of sin for the salvation of you and me.
Consider that his heart is all-holy as well as all-love. The heart of Jesus pierced with a lance is for us the hope of mercy, the fountain of mercy and love as the Lord Jesus revealed it to Saint Faustina.
The blood that drips from the heart of Jesus is cleansing water for the sins of the world, including yours.
His heart is large because, through the power of his Mercy, Jesus wants us to come into it and be cleansed. His heart is also the judgment of those who say, “I don’t want you,” because he is constantly saying: “My Child, come to the river of life, you will find healing.”
Coming to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is healing for us. Not coming to his heart is rejecting our wholeness.
As Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen suggested, when God created us, he made our hearts such that there is a hole to be filled. Isn’t it, probably, why we seek to love, to enter into relationships, why we are social beings?
Whatever relationships we build are not sufficient to fill the emptiness we, many times, feel within us. It can only be completely filled when we come to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, through whom all hearts are born and to whom every heart will find wholeness.
As St. Augustine said, “God has made us for himself, and our souls cannot find rest unless in God.”
Would you mind praying with me: Lord Jesus, make my heart a home for you. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Amen
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Friday, June 3, 2016, Ordinary Time: Ezekiel 34:11-16; Romans 5:5b-11; Luke 15:3-7]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
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