The Sacred Heart of Jesus is God’s Heart
Our Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He has two natures, a human and a divine, which are hypo-statically united into one person. The Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity. His Heart, although being formed in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary in time, is in fact God’s Heart.
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is devotion to the Heart of God, the abyss of all virtues as the litany to the Sacred Heart proclaims. Part of this devotion is making reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Consecration and Reparation are Inseparable
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus includes consecrating oneself to this Heart. In his encyclical letter Miserentissimus Redemptor, Pope Pius XI said the following regarding the reason for consecrating oneself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: “The creature’s love should be given in return for the love of the Creator.”
This same Pontiff issued the great encyclical Quas Primas affirming the Church’s constant teaching regarding the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Pope Pius XI also recommended that the prayer consecrating the human race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus be said on this feast day.
Pope Pius XI explained in the encyclical letter Miserentissimus Redemptor that reparation is inseparable from consecration in the following words: “For if the first and foremost thing in Consecration is this, that the creature’s love should be given in return for the love of the Creator, another thing follows from this at once, namely that to the same uncreated Love, if so be it has been neglected by forgetfulness or violated by offense, some sort of compensation must be rendered for the injury, and this debt is commonly called by the name of reparation.” We must, therefore, make reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
A homily explaining the Devotion