The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a celebration of St. John’s message that “God is Love.” God loves us because of who God is, and not because of who we are. God’s love is unconditional, offered to saints and sinners alike. God chose to communicate that love in the person of Jesus, the Son of God. Jesus gave us a new and deeper understanding of God’s love. He compared that love to the open arms of the father of the prodigal son, to the forgiving acceptance of the woman caught in adultery, to the compassionate actions of the Good Samaritan, etc. All of this is summarized in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
This feast invites each of us to ask ourself “How have I experienced God’s love?” Is it through family, during prayer, with friends, in a sunset, being forgiven, the birth of a child? There are an endless number of possibilities. Whenever our hearts have been touched or moved, God’s love is present, revealed in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. And for this, we celebrate, we worship, we give thanks.