YEAR B: HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS
HOMILY THEME: THE HEART: CENTER AND SOURCE OF LIFE
BY: Fr Benny Tuazon
(Jn. 19:32-37) Feast Of the Sacred Heart Of Jesus.
In the day’s Gospel, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jesus hangs on cross and pierced by the soldier. Scriptures is being fulfilled before their eyes. It was prophesied that they will look upon Him. Now we have the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus which includes the image of Jesus giving prominence on His Heart. The devotion was promoted by the Jesuits after the inspiration of Saint Maria Alacoque. It was criticized for dwelling more on the human Jesus. But it became a popular devotion among Catholics. Even more popular here in our country, Philippines. The devotion is here to stay. And it had helped a lot of devotees.
It is a good devotion since it focuses on the heart which is the center and source of life in a person. Knowing that we have a God who Son has a merciful and loving heart, gives a lot of the nspiration, motivation and hope to people. That love and mercy makes it Sacred. Love and mercy leads to holiness and salvation.
When we look at the heart of Jesus, we see love without condition and would not be stopped by anything. Having embraced suffering and death in order to save, nothing more can top that. The devotee is challenged to imbibe such love and sacrifice which sanctifies. May our hearts be also like the Sacred Heart of Jesus!