“We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus.”
– Pope Francis
The Church dedicates the month of June to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
This Heart of Jesus is the seat and the symbol of His compassionate love for every member of mankind, of the entire human family; it is the very thing it signifies. And how this human family needs that merciful love! The Heart of Jesus loved us enough to be opened wide for us upon the Cross – emptied out and spent completely for our sakes. It is no surprise, then, that souls in distress and who are suffering, are drawn so powerfully by the Sacred Heart.
In his prayer intentions for his month, the Holy Father has directed us toward that Heart, so tender and compassionate. In this time of pandemic with all the issues this brings in it’s wake, we are reminded that many are suffering in one way or another.
The Holy Father writes –
“Many people suffer due to the great difficulties they endure. We can help them by accompanying them along an itinerary full of compassion which transforms people’s lives. It brings them closer to the Heart of Christ, which welcomes all of us into the revolution of tenderness. We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus.”
For us to be Christian – that is, Christ-like – we are called to imitate and to emulate Him; and by the living of our lives, to bring Him to others. And this means that we, too, must show the very same compassion we see blazing in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This is the heavenly fire which so captivated and illuminated the Saints, and which radiated from them and out to others around them. We are called to be like those Saints – to be ablaze with that fire, and to set the world alight.
When enough of us open ourselves to this divine fire, then the words of the Holy Father become a reality – we start a ‘revolution of tenderness’.
We don’t need very much for this to happen. We simply need to be receptive to the grace of God – for whatever we do, it is always a response to what He does first – and we need to allow His divine fire to fill us and to radiate from us. He will do the rest. But He desires that we be the spark.
We do not even need to perform great works; it is enough to be kind and gentle, through a gesture, a touch, a word, a smile. Such little things tend to be priceless to the soul that is suffering and weighed down by cares. Who among us has not experienced this?
So, in this month of June, let all of us confidently approach the Sacred Heart of Jesus and ask Him to set us ablaze, that we might set others ablaze too.
And in this way, may the revolution of tenderness begin.