Unique and inexhaustible, the love of the Sacred Heart for each one of us was taken to unimaginable extremes. How can we fail, then, to have absolute trust in divine mercy, despite our miseries? Or perhaps even because of them?
The Heart that Loved Us Until the End
Let us consider that to have carried out the Redemption, Jesus could have simply offered God the Father a gesture, a gaze, or a single word, since all of His acts have infinite merit. However, in His unlimited love for humanity stained by the sin of Adam, He wanted to suffer the ignominies of the scourging, the humiliations of the Ecce Homo, the exhaustion of the Via Sacra, and the torments of the Crucifixion until death.
The Redeemer having surrendered His spirit (cf. Mt 27,50), and just when everything seemed to be finished, the Evangelist includes this relatively long passage in his narration, composed of seven verses, which is absent in the Synoptic Gospels, perhaps because St. John was the only Apostle present at the Cross, making him the sole eye-witness among the evangelists.
In His desire to redeem mankind corrupted by the sin of our first parents, Our Lord Jesus Christ shed His blood to the last drop on the Cross. Had it been necessary, He would have made this supreme sacrifice to save each one of us individually.
From this holocaust the Holy Church was born, erected by Our Lord to restore and perfect the state of grace lost by man as a result of original sin. A perfect and visible society, she purifies souls through Baptism, administers the Sacraments to them and allows them to participate in the divine life, toward the goal of eternal happiness.
Before such an ineffable manifestation of goodness, it is impossible for us not to feel loved by God, despite our miseries. Even if we have wallowed lamentably in the mire of sin, we can confide in the infinite merits obtained by the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus during His Passion, because in virtue of the primordial light He placed in our soul—a reflection of His own perfections—He will do everything to redeem us.
Even our miseries offer the Sacred Heart of Jesus the opportunity to reveal His infinite goodness and His measureless desire to pardon; everything redounds to the greater glory of God.
We should, then, be filled with confidence, dismissing any doubt concerning the Creator’s love for us. Yet we must ardently desire to surrender ourselves entirely into the hands of Divine Providence, never seeking personal benefit dissociated from the glory of the Most High, keeping in mind that any good we can envision for ourselves is nothing in comparison with the participation in the divine perfections He has reserved for us from all eternity.
Thus, when we close our eyes to this world and are born into eternity, we will have an unimaginable essential and accidental glory—a participation in the very glory of God. Why? Because, as St. Augustine teaches, when God rewards us, He crowns His own gifts.
Aware of this marvel, let us trust in this Most Sacred Heart that has loved us to the end, and who stoops the lowest to those creatures that are most in need of pardon.
An indispensable complement to these considerations is a reference to her whose Immaculate Heart, according to the expression of St. John Eudes, is so united to her Divine Son’s that the two hearts form just one: the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary.
Just as Our Lord in the Garden of Olives was mindful of all men, in the same way, the Mother of the Church must have foreseen, at that instant, all those who would make up the Mystical Body of Christ.
The grandeur of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a mystery that our intelligence cannot grasp. Undoubtedly, she prayed for everyone on Calvary. And today, from Heaven, she is attentive to the hardships and joys of each of her children, ready to aid us with indescribable affection, kindness and love.