Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that we, who glory in the Heart of your beloved Son
and recall the wonders of his love for us,
may be made worthy to receive
an overflowing measure of grace
from that fount of heavenly gifts.
--Collect for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Today is a feast celebrating God's love for us, as well as our love for God, expressed through the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The "heart" is a symbol which stands for the totality of what God is--a symbol we can perhaps more easily identify with, because trying to wrap your mind around God in all his glory is basically impossible! The Sacred Heart is shown surrounded by flames to indicate the intensity and purity of God's love. And the thorns remind us of what Jesus suffered for us, because he loves us so much. Today let's try to return that love which God gives us so freely, not only through prayer and worship but also through love for our neighbors.