The Bible is Catholic Week 4 - The Sacred Heart of Jesus

 
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In Exodus, God tells Moses that those of willing hearts should donate gifts for the building of the tabernacle. The human heart is a common theme in scripture. How do we overcome the duplicity of the human heart and obtain a pure heart which will freely commit to God’s work? God tells the people to circumcise their hearts (Deut 10) but later God says He himself will circumcise their hearts (Deut 30:6). For we cannot circumcise our own hearts. We cannot change by sheer will-power. We need grace. We need God. A question particularly at issue during the Reformation was: what is the means of God’s grace? How do we receive grace? Does grace come immediately and directly from God to an individual who stands alone with the Bible? Or is God’s grace mediated through the covenantal communion of Christ’s body, the Church? A theme closely associated with the theme of grace in the Bible is that of abundance and fertility. We see this, for instance, in the Lord’s first command to Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply (Gen 1:28); in the promise to Abraham to be father of a multitude; and in numerous passages from Isaiah in which the barren find themselves suddenly with innumerable children. Redemptive grace is understood in terms of a miraculous fecundity which comes in the face of old age, barrenness, and even virginity. God’s grace is understood not in terms of standing alone before God but in terms of illimitable family. We are of that miraculous progeny and harvest; this is why the Bible calls Christians “sons and daughters of God”, “children of God”, “family of God.” This week explores this theme of grace by reference to the piercing of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the piercing of Our Lady’s heart and the piercing of our own hearts

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