Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
June 24, 2022
Take my yoke upon you, says the Lord,
and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we offer our loving adoration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Who teaches us the boundless humility of God.
Although not today’s reading, this passage from Philippians captures for me the perfect description of God’s humility in Jesus:
Though Jesus was in the form of God,Philippians 2: 6-11
he did not count equality with God
a thing to be grasped,
but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form
he humbled himself
and became obedient unto death,
even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
which is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Creator.
In order to meet our invisible God in prayer, we must imagine God in the ways that most speak to our spirits. For St. Margaret Mary Alacoque that image came in the form of the Sacred Heart, an image which combines both the sacred infinity and the full human heart of Jesus.
Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647 – 1690) was a French Roman Catholic Visitation nun and mystic, who promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in its modern form.
As we pray on this holy feast, may we lean closer and more confidently into the loving heart of Jesus. God loves us enough to do for us what is described in our passage from Philippians. May we fully trust that love and give our own hearts to it.
Poetry: from Rumi in The Masnavi, an extensive poem written in Persian. The Masnavi is one of the most influential works of Sufism, commonly called “the Quran in Persian”. It has been viewed by many commentators as the greatest mystical poem in world literature. The Masnavi is a series of six books of poetry that together amount to around 25,000 verses or 50,000 lines. It is a spiritual text that teaches Sufis how to reach their goal of being truly in love with God.
Open the Window
There’s a street where the Beautiful One
is known to take a stroll.
When a certain radiance is noticed
through the latticed windows
of that neighborhood,
people whisper, The Beloved
must be near.
Listen: open a window to God
and breathe. Delight yourself
with what comes through that opening.
The work of love is to create
a window in the heart,
for the breast is illumined
by the beauty of the Beloved.
Gaze incessantly on that Face!
Listen, this is in your power, my friend!
Find a way to your innermost secret.
Let no other perception distract you.
You, yourself, possess the elixir,
so rub it into your skin,
and by this alchemy
your inner enemies will become friends.
And as you are made beautiful,
the Beautiful One will become your own,
the intimate of your once lonely spirit.
Music: This Ancient Love – Carolyn McDade