Feast of the Sacred Heart

 

Feast of the Sacred Heart

A feast, a celebration of the unimaginable,

not of a heart of flesh

not of sweet sentimentality

but a savouring,

a reverence for the core of Christ’s being.

In awe we behold the essence of Christ

throbbing with life,

pulsating with energy

vibrant, strong and true,

pouring itself out in love

to touch, to permeate

all life with LIFE,

greening, healing

bringing to fullness.

 

In wonder and fear

we may gaze upon the fire

blazing in Christ’s very soul.

Justice here but also mercy and grace

A burning that is

gentle and fierce,

warmth and comfort for those

who feel trampled by life;

a roaring fire to those who destroy life

not as punishment

not as rejection of the person

but as  invitation

to realign with God’s plan -

fullness of being.

 

Dazzling the light we see radiating

from the depths of Christ

a swirling radiance of galaxy colour,

pure, brilliant, blinding beauty,

the holy  white light of truth

of integrity and of authenticity.

A Light like a double edged sword

piercing the soul,

penetrating all dark

laying bare the hidden, the foul

all that would need release.

A light which reveals

the wonder of creation

the amazing truth of our beginnings -

image of God,

original purity and bliss,

light of Light,

life of Life,

love of Love.

 

Then Love’s Wisdom scorches the soul

as crown of thorns its story tells.

There is 

no life without dying

no liberation without letting go

no freedom without justice and peace

no wholeness without self-denial

no union without the gift of outpouring love.

no strength without discipline

no eternal life without

being in deep communion

with the Author of Life

who died that we may have eternal life.

 

Yes, no romanticism

the celebration of the Sacred Heart of Christ and of Mary.

This heart we are called to emulate

calls for celebration

calls for radical transformation

calls for our hearts, noble true and authentic,

calls us to live simply, walk humbly and love genuinely.

 

May this feast bless us with a deep sense of God’s love and joy for us and may we in turn respond with our lives this calling from Deep unto deep.  As one of the saints proclaimed – the deepest part of my soul is God.

 

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