“They look upon Him whom they have pierced”, John 19:37
What can we say about the Sacred Heart of Jesus?
The Heart which was pierced by a lance.
It is a Heart that overflows with love and mercy. A Heart full of fire symbolizing the intensity of His love. This image has touched hearts for centuries, and in a particular way, our hearts as daughters and sons of this Sacred Heart. We recall how He poured Himself out, compassionately reaching out to everyone.
This Feast invites us to honor and be grateful for the love and mercy of God that flows from the Holy Heart of Jesus. This Feast calls us to take part in the holiness of His Heart so that we have a burning love for God and others.
Contemplating “Him whom they have pierced” moves us to open our hearts to others, recognizing the wounds inflicted upon the dignity of the human person. We pray that He will not let the crisis and flame of hate consume His people.
During this Pandemic, we experience a deep call to prayer, an invitation to silence, and a challenge to ponder all these things in our hearts. How can we reveal God’s love in the time of uncertainty. The world is rocked by a pandemic that no one expected. Racism, fear, war, and division are bubbling up here and there resulting in violence. The heart of the world is wounded, pierced by a sharp lance.
By looking at His Heart which was pierced, we are full of sorrow for all those who have died, whether family members, our sisters, friends or those unknown to us personally. We pray for them, that the good Lord welcome them into His heart as their heavenly home, the destiny for which God first gave us the gift of life.
May His mercy overflow on all those who have suffered during this last year, whether through illness, financial disaster, family tension, war, violence and so much more. We pray for their ongoing resilience, courage, and capacity to forgive.
We reflect with gratitude for the generosity and self-sacrifice shown by so many in this most difficult of times. We pray for them, thanking God for their gifts and dedication as they continue to show such love and compassion.
Together with Mother Mary we stand at the foot of the cross, participating in Jesus’ pain and the pain of the world. We seek refuge and protection under Mary’s Heart as she watches over the world in this current moment of crisis. After all these sufferings, may our tears turn into joy, our pain turn into healing, and our capacity to forgive bring peace.
Jesus is our comfort when we are in pain, our strength when we are in need, our Light when we are in darkness.
The Heart of Jesus is the ultimate symbol of God’s mercy – Pope Francis.
May our hearts beat as one with the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, to reach out with mercy, love, and compassion.