Polarization to Communion
An invitation of the feast
The Catholic Church celeberates the feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus today. It is a reminder of all the attributes of the heart of Jesus, and the first word connected to that heart is mercy. Jesus would say, be compassionate (merciful) as your father is compassionate. And the most common prayer is, “Sacred heart of Jesus, have mercy on me (or us)”.
I am just thinking, whether our devotions end in this prayer or start in this prayer. I think, it can be the starting point, which leads to another prayer, “Sacred heart of Jesus, make my heart like yours”. What is this “making the heart” like that of his? It is being an alter-christus (another Christ) or to act/behave as Christ would do.
In our context of polarization, it is an invitation to communion.
Communion is not making everything same; but an ability to see the connections even in the differences. If the heart of Jesus welcomes saint and sinner, eldest son and youngest son, pharisee, tax collector, scribes, theives etc, the invitation to communion is relevant for us too. It is definitely not accepting all injustices, but a Jesus’ style fight against injustice will be healing the divisions and leading to communion. It is easy to speak, difficult to practice, but that is an invitation for us.