Thought of the Day June 19, 2020 Love response

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Pope Pius XII in his encyclical on the Sacred Heart spoke of the threefold love of the heart of Jesus. Yesterday we reflected on the first two. Today, we look at the third.




“And finally – and this in a more natural and direct way – it is the symbol also of sensible love, since the body of Jesus Christ, formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary, possesses full powers of feelings and perception, in fact, more so than any other human body.

Since, therefore, Sacred Scripture and the official teaching of the Catholic faith instruct us that all things find their complete harmony and order in the most holy soul of Jesus Christ and that He has manifestly directed His threefold love for the securing of our redemption, it unquestionably follows that we can contemplate and honor the Heart of the divine Redeemer as a symbolic image of His love and a witness of our redemption and, at the same time, as a sort of mystical ladder by which we mount to the embrace of “God our Savior.” 

Jesus in his humanity is our pattern of true, unconditional, other-focus love. As we seek to love in the same way in our humanity,  we not only draw closer to him but through him also to the Father and the Holy Spirit. Our heart becomes united to Jesus’ heart and his divine life sustains us on our journey to the God’s eternal presence. We can never equate Jesus' love for us. We can only respond to it with love. Thus, the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus invites us to love Jesus and in loving him becoming a sign of love to others.

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