God’s passionate love for his people—for humanity—is at the same time a forgiving love.
It is so great that it turns God against himself, his love against his justice.
Here Christians can see a dim prefigurement of the mystery of the Cross:
so great is God’s love for man that by becoming man he follows him even into death,
and so reconciles justice and love. – Pope Benedict XVI
This Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the revelation that power is made perfect in weakness, as the omnipotent God makes his own a fragile, vulnerable human heart savaged by human injustice.
God takes on this human heart not simply because he has pity on us poor louts. He does so because in that divine-human Heart, torn wide open by divine love’s unwillingness to make just punishment of sin the final word, God sees an image of himself.
That heart is who God is.
This is why the Cross is the only perfect and complete manifestation of God’s totality in his saving economy, which even the wounded Risen Christ cannot leave behind.
Having met us sinners and descended into the pit of our hells, God’s justice and love pass through a war that ends only in humanity’s final reconciliation, mercy’s ultimate triumph. Amor vincit omnia.
As this Feast is not just an object for contemplation but a new commandment, we would do well, mostly in our most broken relationships, to strive to do the same. Allow the war in his Heart to conquer our own.