Posted by: fvbcdm | June 23, 2017

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (23 June 2017)

On Friday of this week, the Universal Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  In 1956, Pope Pius XXII wrote, in a beautiful encyclical letter, about the devotion of the Church to the Sacred Heart.  It is entitled, “You will draw water,” or in the Latin version “Haurietis Aquas.”  The title is taken from the prophesy of Isaiah, “You will draw water from the springs of salvation.”  I highly recommend that you read the encyclical.  It can usually be obtained from any Catholic bookstore.  It is the kind of document that can provide much fuel for meditation and prayer, and it’s only about thirty pages long in language that anyone can understand and use to advantage.  In the letter, the Holy Father speaks beautifully about the fact that the Catholic devotion to the Heart of Jesus is not just another of the many devotions to this or that saint or to our Lady under this or that title.

The central event of all history is the Incarnation of the Son of God.  That means that the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity became a Human Being, a Man, and He lived on this planet of ours for some 33 years.  He was a member of our human family.  He was related to each one of us as successors of our first parents, Adam and Eve.  He had the experience of having been a baby, a child, a human adult.  He has known hunger, thirst, fatigue, and all the human emotions, like delight, pleasure, love, anticipation, fear, anger, frustration, depression, discouragement.

One of the greatest advantages of the Incarnation is expressed by our Lord Himself at the Last Supper.  Saint Phillip says to Jesus, “Lord shows us the Father, just once, and we will be satisfied.”  And our Lord responds, “Phillip don’t you understand, He who sees me sees the Father, for the Father and I are one.”  By learning what Jesus said and did during His life on earth, by observing His reactions, His attitudes, His outlook, we see the attributes of all Three Persons of the Blessed Trinity.  They are One God, and They share One Divine Intelligence, One Divine Love, even though each of Them is a Separate Person.  Then, when we are devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we are adoring a Human Heart belonging to a Divine Person who loves us with a Divine Love and asks that we love Him in return.  How fortunate we are to have a God as near to us as He is, as loving, as eager to receive our love in reciprocity!  Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  Father Brown composed this message some years ago.  Please pray for the souls of the faithful departed, including Father Brown.


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