The heart is the hardest working muscle in the body as it beats non – stop. It is close to the human fist in size. A double-layered membrane called pericardium surrounds your heart like a sac. The outer layer of the pericardium surrounds the roots of your heart’s major blood vessel and is attached by ligaments to your spinal column. The inner layer of the pericardium is attached to the heart of the muscle. A coating of fluid separates the two layers of membrane, letting the hearts move as it bears. (www.texasheart.org)
The gospel today says that water and blood flowed out after a soldier pierced his lance at Jesus’ side. This only means in reference of the anatomy of the heart that Jesus’ heart was pierced. And since the heart is covered with a membrane like a sac, I can’t help but picture in my mind that Jesus died and He died with a broken heart literally. That alone would left me teary eyed.
Of almost two years ago, a murder happened in our family, in our own home. He was killed in one shot of gunfire straight to his heart at a close range after begging. He was not alone. One of his sons was with him. I always think it is God’s grace that he was not left alone and his youngest son refused to leave him.
Why am I relating this murder to Jesus dying at the cross?
The victim of this murder was not alone but Jesus was deliberately left by His disciples and His closest and aggressive disciple disowned him and one of his friends betrayed him.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus died with a broken heart and yet was still loving those people with words “Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing”. The sacred heart of Jesus was pierced but was still obedient to the Father until his last breath. (Father, I commend you my spirit.) What kind of the Son of God we have!
As the feast of Sacred Heart is celebrated today, I remember how meek, forgiving and loving his heart is. May my heart be like His.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.