No sinner can live in darkness, thinking that he/she has no place in God’s heart.
The mystery of the heart of Jesus is the mystery of love. Christianity is led by the principle of LOVE and it is discovered that immense treasure of love, in the heart of Jesus. His heart was pierced on the cross for love of us. The blood and water which flowed from his side healed and redeemed the humanity from their ailments and sins. The pierced heart of the redeemer always stands as a sign of immeasurable fountain of love by which the children of god are cleansed and have become dearer to the Father.
From the wounds of Christ flow immense love and infinite mercy of God. The unfathomable love and infinite mercy of God. The unfathomable love and mercy gushing from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus is a fountain of healing agent for the sick and forgiveness for the sinner. From his opened side, the source of life gushed forth for the souls, and the ocean of mercy opened for the whole world.
To St. Foustina- the apostle of Mercy Jesus said, “Let no soul fear to draw near to me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it man or angel will be able to fathom it through out all eternity”. So to say, the love and mercy of Jesus in His heart is deeper than any ocean. The human mind has conquered and measured the depth of the ocean and it proved that the Pacific Ocean is the deepest of them all. But who can fathom the depths of Jesus’ mercy and comprehend the depth of His love for us? So deep, so great, infinite, unfathomable, immeasurable and inexhaustible treasure is his love for us. If so no matter how sinful or weak we are why we must fear to approach Him?
The people of Israel on their way to the Promised Land sinned against God and Moses. As a result many were bitten by the fiery serpents and died on their way. Then Moses pleaded for the people and God asked Moses to make a Bronze serpent, and set it on a pole; and if a serpent bit any man, he would look at the bronze serpent and live (Num 21:4-9).
The pole God asked to Moses to put up was the symbol of the cross that was raised at Calvary and Jesus was symbolized as the serpent with healing power on the pole. Since the appointed time for the Father had not yet come, to reveal His son to the world, the Father had asked Moses to make a bronze serpent in the place of His son. All those who looked at the bronze serpent in faith were cured and lived.
In fact the Father had in His mind His only Son Jesus on the Cross whose heart was pierced and the blood which gushed forth would be the healing agent for the redemption of the world. Definitely, the Father willed that everyone looked at the bleeding heart of His Son in FAITH AND LOVE would be cured from all infirmities and be redeemed. St. John witnessed it when he said, “In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and send His Son to be the expiation for our sins.” (1Jn4:10)
The water and blood that gushed straight from the wound in His side, fills our lives with his gift of Grace. To that fountain of love Jesus invites us saying, “Come to me all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble3 of heart.”(Mt.11:28-29) Are you laden with your sins, sickness, struggles, pains, loneliness and troubles of any kind? Yes, Jesus invites you and me to look at Him, His heart bleeds on the cross for us. Call on Him in LOVE AND FAITH. Certainly you are to be healed, heard and comforted.
The ‘Rest’ He promises to give you is nothing but peace, serenity of souls and freedom from all worries and cares of life. The blood and water, which gushed forth from the heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, is all powerful. When Jesus invites us, “Come to me all……” He invites us to that ocean of love, peace, joy and serenity.
The two rays gushing forth from the Sacred Heart denote blood and water which flowed when His heart was pierced. The pale ray stands for water which makes the souls righteous. The red ray stands for the blood which is the life of the souls by which our sins are washed away. Theses two rays issued forth from the very depths of His tender mercy when his agonized heart was opened by a lance on the cross. These rays shield and protect us from all evil, harm and snares of Satan.
The depth of Jesus’ love is shown when on the cross he forgave his enemies and brought all men in peace and reconciliation and that was his mission on earth. Jesus through His intimate words of revelation He gave to St. Faustina of Poland says, “I am more generous towards sinners than the just. It was for their sake that I came down from heaven; it was for their sake that my blood was spilled, let them mot fear to approach me; they are most in need of my mercy.”
Enlightened and encouraged by the assurance of Jesus’ unfathomable mercy and love, let us approach the fountain of love with all our weakness, failures, sins and problems of life. Let us throw all our cares and worries on to Him and be cleansed and strengthened by the fountain of love. Let us strive for an experience of holistic healing- of body, mind and soul. Lt’s enjoy peace, serenity and joy that Jesus promised when he said, “Come to me all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Lord Jesus, anoint us with your precious and take us into your care. Make our hearts humble homes for you to dwell. Draw us O Lord, to your heart of love, to your boundless love. Our hearts are made for you Lord, draw us to your wounded side opened for us and may we drink from the fountain of life that we may thirst never more. Receive us all into the abode of your most compassionate heart, and never let us escape from it. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, rule over our hearts, lives and our homes. O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, we trust in you. Amen.
– – – written by Sr. Mercy Pottokaran OSB