Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Fr. Joseph Levine; June 19, 2020

May the Lord always count us among the little ones to whom he reveals the hidden treasures of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pierced for our sins and crowned with the thorns of our ingratitude.

1789 was the year that the French Revolution began. It was a revolution against the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It was emblematic of all the modern revolutions and all the modern rejection of God.

There is the rejection of God that has come about not because of science as such, but because of the ‘scientific spirit’ that shows us a universe that is nothing more than an impersonal machine, clunking away according to fixed laws that come from nowhere, a universe that does not know us, nor care for us.

The rejection of God is found in the exaltation of an economic system that people try to keep running like a well-oiled machine, but which seems to always be breaking down. Nevertheless, it is an impersonal machine that does not know us or care us.

The rejection of God is found the impersonal machinery of government bureaucracies, upon which we have become dependent, bureaucracies that distribute handouts, according to innumerable rules and regulations, policies and procedures, but without a heart of charity.

The rejection of God is found in a political and public life that has been stripped of any reference to God, and acknowledgement of God, from which all influence of our holy religion is systematically excluded.

There is the true systemic injustice: the systematic removal of God from everything.

The rejection of God is also found in the revolution against the machine in the name of ‘ecology’. The revolution against the machine has not rediscovered God, but blaming God for the man-made machine, would put in place of the machine the idolatry of Mother Earth, the Pachamama. We are not told that ‘Mother Earth’ is a mother who devours her children.

God has been excluded from everything and the histories, written by the enemies of God, have not told us of the Catholic counterrevolution against the French Revolution, the rising in the Vendee. The emblem of the rising in the Vendee was the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the emblem of the only true revolution – not a revolution against right order, but a revolution against the world, the flesh, and the devil, a revolution against the dominion of impersonal machinery, the revolution against the idolatry of ‘Mother Nature’, the revolution of divine love.

Through the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we have come to know and believe in the love that God has for us.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the living emblem, embodiment, sign, and proof of the love of the Most Holy Trinity, the love that created the universe, the love that created the laws of nature, the love that created the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the oceans, the fields, the flowers, the rivers, the streams, the animals wild and tame; the love that created man, male and female, after his own image; the love that wants only that we answer his love with love.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the living emblem, embodiment, sign, and proof of the love of God for his Holy Church, and the very personal and intimate love for each one of us who have been baptized into his Holy Church, and the call to all men to repent, be baptized, to be embraced and to embrace the love of the Heart of Jesus.

There has been much debate about lives that matter: the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the living emblem, embodiment, sign, and proof that each one of us matters to God, the Most Holy Trinity, the Creator of the universe. We matter to him personally and individually; he knows each one of us by name; he calls each one of us by name. He gave his only Son to prove his love for us and to call us to salvation and eternal life.

The Heart of Jesus has been pierced through for our offenses and crowned with the thorns of our ingratitude, because he will not force our love. Rather he comes to us more as a beggar, pleading for our love. Even though we have rejected his love, he does not give up, but he continues to love us. So long as we are in this life, his pierced side and crown of thorns are not a condemnation, but a call to repentance.

He has given us his own Heart and he will not take it back; he asks only that we give him our poor heart in return. He wants us to recognize and honor his love in word and deed, not just individually and privately, but publicly and socially. He wants the love of his Heart to rule in our homes, in our cities, in our nation, in the whole world. He is our King, Jesus Christ.

Let us no longer nail him to the Cross, let us rather prostrate ourselves at his feet in the great sacrament of his love, the Holy Eucharist.

Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat!

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Fr. Joseph Levine graduated from Thomas Aquinas College and after a long journey was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Baker, Oregon. He currently serves as pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church in The Dalles on the Columbia River.