With Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven, “the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us” [Romans 5:5]. This love is meant to be shared by each of us in a world that desperately needs it. For how else can we witness God’s love working in our lives?
Let’s face it, life can be very lonely and bereft of a kind heart. As a result, the loving mercy of God can be hard to see, particularly as we face our pain and suffering. Yet, through His own passion and crucifixion, Christ shows us the greatness of God’s love. “God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us” [Romans 5:8], so that our lives can be renewed, freed from sin, for eternal life in Heaven.
Heart to Heart
We see in Christ the heart of God. Therefore, when we join our hearts with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, particularly in our darkest hour, we become part of something beautiful beyond words. United with Christ, even in our suffering, enables us to continue Christ’s mission of sharing God’s love as we witness Divine Providence at work in our lives, making our world a better place.
Let us follow the example of Mary, our Blessed Mother. From the moment Mary said yes to God’s call at the Annunciation, our Lady’s Immaculate Heart has been forever linked with the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the work of our healing and redemption. As Jesus came to us through Mary, it is through Mary’s Immaculate Heart that we are able to join ourselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Heart to heart with Jesus and Mary, the love of God – that we are called to share – is our salvation and the salvation of the world.
Hand in Hand
Uniting our lives to our Lord may seem daunting. Let our hearts not be troubled. Our Blessed Mother has a way of taking us by the hand to gently draw us closer to her Son who puts us in the hands of His Father by way of the Holy Spirit. Hand in hand, our unity will remain steadfast with the help of our Lady’s intercession as we become conduits for God’s love to enter our world.
How much we give of ourselves to our Lord is our own decision. The less we give, the less we are given—in terms of experiencing the grace of God’s love in our lives. The more we give, the more we are filled with God’s grace to be poured out through the heart of our lives into the heart of our world.
A Love That Never Dies
Our heart is the center of who we are and when we unite with the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary’s Immaculate Heart, we are centered in the saving grace of God’s merciful love, infinite and everlasting. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we and our generations to come continue Christ’s mission of sharing God’s love in the world until the end of time. Amen.