Greetings on the Feast of the Sacred Heart
On this day, we celebrate God’s creative love bursting forth into the heart of creation, into the heart of humanity. It is a day to reflect on the boundless love that God has for each person. In essence it speaks of the great tenderness of a God who stoops down and lifts us up when life is filled with challenges and suffering. God’s love reaches out to us, invites us, and draws us into the very heart of God where our lives are transformed into being the hands and feet, the gentle voice and the listening ear of Christ in the world today.
One of the lovely aspects of today’s social media connection is the opportunity to hear good news through the sharing of random acts of kindness. In essence the feast of the Sacred Heart is about celebrating the goodness, kindness and compassion that was at the heart of Jesus’ ministry. A way to celebrate this feast would be for us to give recognition to the many acts of random kindness and goodness that we see around us each day. For it is in the daily activities of life that people continue to give witness to the compassionate face and heart of God. Compassion calls us to be a beloved Christ-like presence in our world today. In recent times, I guided a group through the experience of good listening. I posed this question to reflect upon: ‘reflect on a time in your community when good listening brought about a positive change in your group’. One such example came from a parish community who heard the news of a drought stricken community and the community worked together to bring about a supportive and positive outcome which became a mutually enriching experience. Are you willing and ready for the goodness and compassion of your life to be poured out for others, so that the divine dance of love continues?
As Noel Davis shares in his book Love is the Way:
Sometimes we hear the expression ‘I am holding you in my heart’ meaning that we care deeply for a person and for their reality. This is what Jesus says to us on this feast day:
On this feast of the Sacred Heart, may God bless you with listening ears and open hearts that create life-giving experiences wherever you are.
Sr Monica Cavanagh
Image: Stained glass window of Jesus at the Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel, North Sydney. Used with permission.