Today is the First Friday of June, the month of the Sacred Heart, and so it is a perfect time to reflect on the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and learn more about this devotion if you’re unfamiliar with it.
He told Morning Air host John Harper, “I hope people who are not familiar with it might become so, because it is a good way to rediscover this devotion that’s so important, especially during times where we feel burdened. Remember Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew said, ‘Come to me all you who are finding life burdensome and take rest,’ and he says, ‘For I am meek and humble of heart.’ That’s where we see the Sacred Heart in Scripture.”
John shared with Fr. Kubicki that he is able to find rest in the Sacred Heart particularly before the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
He said, “In our particular parish, the Sacred Heart altar is on the side where you would kneel to do an examination of conscience before you go into the confessional. And just staring into that Sacred Heart, it’s a portrait but it almost looks three dimensional. When I look into it, it is mesmerizing.”
“You hear about athletes talking about being in the zone,” he said. “You have seen pictures of a little something peering through the fog, the sunlight through the fog. That’s almost how I see the Sacred Heart in doing that examination of conscience. And again, I can’t thank God enough for allowing me to understand the power and the healing of that Sacred Heart before I head in to receive the power and the healing of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.”
Fr. Kubicki commented that resting in the Sacred Heart before Confession is particularly fitting. He said, “I think you’re right to make an examination of conscience looking upon Jesus, who is looking upon us with his tender love. Not condemning us, but just happy to meet us like the father in the story of the prodigal son.”
“Jesus is just happy to meet us in that sacrament and to prepare for that sacrament,” Fr. Kubicki pointed out. “Not with the condemning, angry view of Jesus, but with his compassionate view that is portrayed through these images of the Sacred Heart. With his arms probably outstretched saying, ‘Come to me. I just want to heal you, and forgive you, and give you peace.'”
Listen to the full conversation below: