Even though I have read the readings that will be proclaimed at today’s liturgy, I confess that my thoughts wander from them when I think about the Sacred Heart this year. Time and again, my mind, my senses, return to a path that is scented and stimulating, piquant and curious, colorful, subtle, and mysterious.
It seems that there are images that remain from these last days of new food experiences, new flavors, new metaphors.But nonetheless, they are images not so far removed, I believe, from the Heart.
My life has included all manner of spice…bitter, pungent, freeing, lively, harmonious, faceted, intriguing and upon rare occasion No thank you, never again. I have tasted them, learned from them, and tried to live them in the complexity of their coming together. Sometimes the fullness of their mingling means teasing apart their distinct elements is difficult…but I know that it takes such a combination to yield a richly nuanced whole.
When any one bit is missing or too emphasized…hmm… Well, it makes me think back to the triangles of several days ago. Instead of connecting, or complementing and strengthening the shape, lines and angles might become over run, or left obtuse, acute, or incomplete. Spending time in the kitchen of experience, learning the equilibrium, incorporating newly discovered tastes and subtleties into the heady swirl…this is the art of a nourishing lifetime.
Today, on this Feast of the Sacred Heart, I realize in these new images the wisdom and generosity of God…because ultimately, these flavors all together absolutely work. And the greatest Whole is where they meet in extraordinary fullness…they meet at the harmony of all that is most completely human and gloriously divine…they meet in the Sacred Heart, they meet in Love.
Trusting in the fidelity of God and in the love of my sisters, it is in the name of that Love, desiring to live and share that Love, thankful for that Love given to each one wholly, completely, and without reservation, that I will renew my vows today alongside each rscj in the international Society.