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JUNE: THE MONTH OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
As you have probably noticed, the statue of Jesus with His Sacred Heart ‘exposed’ normally residing to the left of the altar, has been moved to the front of the altar space on a table. Why? Last month was May, the month that honored our Blessed Mother, Mary. June, this month, honors Jesus with emphasis on His most Sacred Heart. As Jesus said to doubting Thomas, “Blessed are they who have not seen and yet have believed.” How do we see and believe in the heart’s Love?
Statues often represent only dead people in some people’s eyes. But Jesus ‘living presence’ is not dead! And His loving Heart for us is as real today as it was when His body was crucified. Jesus says: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.” (1John 4:16) We were created in love.
How do we explain Love? Do we need to explain it in order to understand and accept it? Should we look to Hallmark? romantic writings? the body’s scientists? words of love—poets? the dictionary? and the list could go on and on. Is God’s love a different kind of love or the same old same old? Scripture has explained His love in His many ways—the most obvious being that He died for us. ‘No greater love can be than one gives his life for another.’ And with this sacrifice, came eternal salvation.
True love is such a deep bodily experience accompanied with our mind’s attempt to understand it, that no one explanation works the same for each and everyone of us. Love is very personal. Jesus’ Love is universal. And it needs contemplation by us. We hopefully will sit before His Sacred Heart and spend time praying and working our minds around it meaning—to all and especially to each of us individually. June being a busy month should also cause us to stop, look and listen to our own hearts. “Love God above all else and love one another as He has loved us.” Love is real. Love is alive. And God’s love is the most necessary of all. We cannot live without it even if the world tries to get in the way.