PARAÑAQUE City, June 13, 2015—Those who want to grasp the meaning of “true and eternal love” need only go see an image of the Sacred Heart of the Lord and find it there, a Catholic priest noted.
In his homily on Friday, June 12, for the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Fr. Jason Bill Valeza reminded parishioners of St. Andrew’s Cathedral in La Huerta that the Lord’s Heart as popularly portrayed in pictures affirms the truth that “God is love.”
“The Sacred Heart shows us a great mystery … Despite all the pains He had been through, Christ only has love to give us. Despite our unfaithfulness and our sins, He loves us just the same,” he explained.
Valeza went on to point out that true love, the one which Jesus has for humans, does not count the cost nor ask for anything in return, but drives Him to give all that He can for those He loves.
“The love of Christ is perfect and complete,” he declared.
Moreover, the priest stressed that in baring His Sacred Heart to the world, Jesus invites the faithful to resign themselves totally to His Divine love and compassion.
“Notice how His Heart is always aflame, and how It seems to be constantly bleeding. Let us be humble enough to acknowledge our own weaknesses. Let us immerse ourselves in His love,” he added.
St. Margaret Mary
According to Valeza, while forms of the devotion existed as early as the Middle Ages, what Catholics now venerate as the Sacred Heart dates back to 17th-century France where it was revealed to a religious named Margaret Mary Alacoque who later became a saint.
He credited the Society of Jesus (SJ) for helping spread the devotion. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)