Thought of the Day June 18, 2020 Divine and Human love

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Pope Pius XII in his encyclical on the Sacred Heart spoke of the threefold love of the heart of Jesus. Today, we will look at two of these.

“The Heart of the Incarnate Word is deservedly and rightly considered the chief sign and symbol of that threefold love with which the divine Redeemer unceasingly loves His eternal Father and all mankind. It is a symbol of that divine love which He shares with the Father and the Holy Spirit but which He, the Word made flesh, alone manifests through a weak and perishable body, since “in Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”

Jesus in his humanity manifested his love for the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit. He chose to do the will of the Father out of love, even embracing death on the cross. In all he reflects both divine and human love.

“ (Secondly), It is, besides, the symbol of that burning love which, infused into His soul, enriches the human will of Christ and enlightens and governs its acts by the most perfect knowledge derived both from the beatific vision and that which is directly infused.”

Jesus never lost awareness of the Father’s love from early on in his life, but especially from the time of his baptism on. He was loved by the Father to which his baptism was his public response to this intimate love. This mutual love was confirmed by the Father’s affirmation, which the early Fathers of the Church referred this as the kiss of the Father. It was this love that sustained him throughout his life, even on the cross when he gave all for our sake.

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