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Jesus, meek and humble of heart

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The month of June ,in liturgical calendar , has a special significance. It is dedicated to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Here we venerate the love and passion of Christ. The Feast of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is one of the most widely practiced and well-known devotions in the Church. It takes the physical heart of Jesus as representation of His Divine love for humanity. The Feast of the Sacred Heart has been in the Roman Catholic Liturgical calendar since 1856, and is always celebrated 19 days after Pentecost Sunday. The devotion especially emphasises the unmitigated love, compassion, and long-suffering of the heart of Christ towards humanity.

The origin of the devotion to the Most Sacred Heart in the modern form, was derived from a French Roman Catholic Saint, St. Marguerite Marie Alacoque. She learned the devotion from Jesus during a mystical experience. On December 27, 1673, Margaret Mary reported that Jesus permitted her to rest her head upon His heart, and then disclosed to her the wonders of his love, telling her that he desired to make them known to all mankind and to diffuse the treasures of his goodness, and that he had chosen her for this work. In July 1674, Jesus requested to be honoured under the figure of His heart, also saying when He appeared radiant with love. He asked for a devotion of expiatory love, frequent reception of Holy Communion, especially Holy Communion on the First Friday of the month, and the Observance of Holy Hours. The devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus has been closely associated with Acts of Reparation to Jesus Christ. In hisEncyclical,“Miserentissimus Redemptor”, Pope Pius XI stated, “The spirit of expiation or reparation has always had the first and foremost place in the worship given to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus”.

Six Symbolic Meanings of the Christ’s Human Heart

  • The Heart stands for the physical heart of Jesus and His sacrificial love for humanity .
  • 2 The pierced and bleeding heart reminds us of St. Longinus, the Roman solider who thrust his sword into Christ’s side, piercing his heart on the cross. From this blood and water gushed forth from the side of Christ.
  • The crown of thorns is the symbol of the crown placed on the head of Jesus to mock Him as King, and torture Him before his crucifixion.
  • The cross on the top of the heart stands for Christ’s Redemptive work from the Cross that saved humanity.
  • The flames on the heart are symbolic of the burning love Christ has for all of humanity.
  • The light surrounding the heart stands for the divine light that shines in the darkness of this world.

So let us spend this time reflecting on the sweet sacred heart of Jesus and try to spread the fragrance of Jesus’s love through our daily lives. Fr Nixon

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