The feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus among Western Christians (24/06)

The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated on Friday, the 19th day after Pentecost and, accordingly, the eighth day after the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. The theme of the holiday is the love of God revealed to us in His heart, gratitude for it and the granted salvation. It is Jesus who is the source of redeemed and redeeming merciful and healing love, which helps us to grow in love for Christ, and through him in love for all our neighbors.

It should be noted that the biblical understanding of the word "heart" does not coincide with the generally accepted modern interpretation. In modern culture, the heart is a symbol of feelings, while in the Hebrew language, and, accordingly, thinking, the heart means the deepest essence of a person, as well as his intentions and decisions. God gave people "a heart to think" (Sir 17:6). The human heart is the source of a conscious personality, thinking and free, the place of final decisions and the unwritten Law of God.

Before the advent of the cult of the Heart of Jesus, the love of God was personified in a special way in the image of Christ the Good Shepherd. In the Middle Ages, the wounds of Christ, crowned with thorns, were revered in a special way.