Solemnity of the Heart of JESUS

In July, we celebrate a solemnity which reveals to us the deep reason why the Son of God became man and suffered passion and death: the solemnity of the Heart of the Liturgy we celebrate the mysteries of our redemption but at the same time Liturgy wants to help us to understand more the meaning of these mysteries. To use water,oil,ashes,etc. has a purpose in explaining to us in a clear way what we are celebrating. It is the same time for the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Liturgy wants to reveal to us once again the love of God. Even in our normal life, for example, when a man wants to express his love to his wife he tells her: I love you with all my heart!

Jesus wants to tell us that God love’s us with all His heart! Liturgy adopted this human way of expressing  love and established the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Of course, this is not the only occasion to meditate on God’s love for us: Christmas, Easter, Pentecost and other solemnities or feast to us openly about the love of God. But with the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Liturgy wants to introduce to us the love of God using this human symbol: the heart!

Jesus also used this expression when he said: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul” (Mt 11:28-29). Jesus is gentle and humble, so when we are suffering for any reason we can always find rest in Him.

Let us ask ourselves: does God love us because we love him? Is His love for us the consequence of our prayers and good life? In his first letter St. John teaches us that it is the opposite: “In this love: not that we have loved God,  but he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins” (Jn 4″10). God loved us first and our love for him is only a fruit of his grace, of his love and mercy.

St.John invites us to accept this love of God not only passively, by accepting that he loves us, but actively, by loving our brothers:”Dear friends, if God so loved us, then we also ought to love one another”(1Jn 4:11). Perhaps for us it is more normal to say: “Since God loved us, let us love him in return!” No, St John says that we have to love one another if we want to be actively in the love of God. “If we love one another, God resides in us, and his love is perfected in us…God is love, and the one who resides in love resides in God, and God resides in him” (1Jn 4: 12-16).

We have to recognize that we cannot love either God or our Brothers if we are not supported by Him. it is only out of His mercy that he gives us the grace to love Him and our neighbor:”By this we know that we reside in God and he in us: in that he has given us his Spirit” (Jn 4:13).

Once again we have to invoke the Holy Spirit: “Come Holy Spirit, come in us, enable us to know the love of God for me personally, for my family, for us all, and enable me, enable my family, enable all of us to love one another, so that we may be recognized as disciples of Jesus and the children of God our Father”.

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