Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Jesus speaks of His heart in the Gospel reading from Matthew 11: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.”
The heart is a funny thing, isn’t it? We know that it is just a muscle, a vital organ. But we also know that the heart is so much more. We talk about matters of the heart; of love and hate, romance and infatuation. Someone who is very generous is know to have a big heart. Someone who is unfeeling is said to have a heart of stone. And we also know that we cannot hide our heart from God. He sees right into the heart.
So, what do you think Jesus’ heart is like? We can say with full assurance that there has never been a heart like the Sacred Heart of Jesus. For His is no ordinary heart. Inside of Jesus beats the very heart of God. A heart filled with love and compassion. A heart that longs to hold and nurture each and every one of His children. Jesus’ heart is a heart for you.
Father, show us ever more the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Help us draw closer to you, that our hearts might more clearly resemble His Most Sacred Heart. Amen.