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Liturgical day: Sacred Heart of Jesus (C)

Gospel text (Lk 15,3-7): Jesus told them this parable, «(…) There will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine upright who do not need to repent».

The Heart of God is touched by the sight of human weakness and offers his forgiveness

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI)
(Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, on this solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus the Church contemplates the mystery of the Heart of God. God’s heart, as the expression of his will, is spoken of twenty-six times in the Old Testament. His heartfelt pain at sins of mankind makes God decide on the flood, but then he is touched by the sight of human weakness and offers his forgiveness.

Israel, however, responds to God’s constant offer of love with indifference and even outright ingratitude. “The more I called them”, the Lord is forced to admit, “the more they went from me” (Hos 11:2). Even so, he never abandons Israel to the power of its enemies, because “my heart”—the Creator of the universe observes— “recoils within me, my compassion grows warm and tender” (cf. Hos 11:8).

—The symbol of this love which transcends death is the Son of God’s side, pierced by a spear: “One of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water” (cf. Jn 19:34).