“For evangelization today, the Heart of Christ must be recognized as the heart of the Church: It is He Who calls us to conversion, to reconciliation. It is He Who leads pure hearts and those hungering for justice along the way of the Beatitudes. It is He Who achieves the warm communion of the members of the one Body. It is He Who enables us to adhere to the Good News and to accept the promise of eternal life. It is He Who sends us out on mission. The heart-to-heart with Jesus broadens the human heart on a global scale.”
~Pope John Paul II, homily at the canonization of St. Claude La Colombiere
This is the 3rd post in my blogging “novena” to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Church Fathers were quick to point out that the blood and water that flowed from the pierced side of Christ foreshadowed the sacraments of Eucharist and Baptism. These two sacraments, along with Confirmation, are known as the sacraments of initiation, because they bring us into Christ’s body, the Church.
The Church’s very existence, and our life within Her, come from the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
So, too, does the Church’s call to mission and evangelism. In dying, Christ gave us new hope; in rising again, His Most Sacred Heart beats again for the life of the world. Before He ascended into Heaven, Christ commanded His apostles to go out into all the world and make disciples, and to baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. With the Blood and Water from His own Sacred Heart, and motivated by His own Divine love, they were to bring the Gospel unto the very ends of the Earth–a task we are still called to finish today.
In proclaiming the Sacred Heart, then, we call the whole world to the love and mercy that come to us in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we pray that your Gospel will continue to be proclaimed throughout the world. We pray for the conversion of souls. We ask that all those we know and love will find You in Your sacraments.