So Loved the World


The Readings for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 (NABRE)

YOUR HOST CAN BE a bit dense sometimes, but it dawns on him that Jesus saying “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to them that hurt you, pray for those who persecute you” was a case of “do as I do”. Jesus loved us while we were yet sinners.

Sinning makes us enemies of God (whom he loved) in our pride
Moves us to curse God (whom he blessed) as we do when he wants us to stop
Causes us to hurt God (whom he does good to) by rejecting his love
And allowed us to persecute God (even as he prayed for us) on the cross.

And the Son can do nothing but what he sees the Father doing.

Sinning makes us enemies of God the Father for all have sinned yet he loves us.
Moves us to curse God with our egos as he blesses us
Causes us to hurt God for we are the children rejecting him even as he does good to us
And allowed us to persecute God by driving out his prophets even as he moves them to pray for us.

So even when we were pushing him away, God had a new plan and Jesus came.

Today’s feast if celebrating the heart that loved us so much.

In the silent humility of the Eucharistic Host, Jesus can be stolen, blasphemed, trampled. Yet he loves us so much that he will not withdraw his presence from us.

We cannot fathom how anyone can love even after they are hurt. Any mere human would, eventually, simply turn away. But God goes right on loving: hurt, but unhindered. He has a human heart – able to be hurt – but bounded by the infinity of God. So, unlike a friend or family member who may – after a while – just move away from the pain, God keeps loving even though the continual loving makes him ever the more vulnerable.

And in his silent humility, hurting, bleeding, he seeks to make us like himself.

Behold the Heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming Itself, in order to testify Its love; and in return, I receive from the greater part only ingratitude, by their irreverence and sacrilege, and by the coldness and contempt they have for Me in this Sacrament of Love.

Jesus to St Margaret Mary

When we love like this, we are become like him: to share in the divine love is to share in all the hate the world gives Jesus, and to share in the life he shares with us.

When we love like this in spite of pain, Pope Benedict says, “entrust to him every setback and pain that you face, so that they become – according to his design – a means of redemption for the whole world. You will be redeemers with the Redeemer, just as you are sons in the Son.”

We will have a heart like his: wounded, but unbreakable.

Author: Huw Raphael

A Dominican Tertiary living in San Francisco, CA. He is almost 59. He feeds the homeless as a parochial almoner and is studying to be a Roman Catholic Deacon. He is learning modern Israeli Hebrew and enjoys cooking, keto, cats, long urban hikes, and SF Beer Week.

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