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Learn from Me – The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Learn from Me
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus


Apart from Jesus’ command to learn a lesson from the fig tree, on how its branch(es) and leaves announce summer (cf Matthew 24:32 and Mark 13:28), Christ commands us to learn only two things.  Our Blessed Savior knows that, like the rich young man, we are lacking in these things … otherwise, He would not be compelled to call our attention to them.

Learning Mercy not Sacrifice

In Mercy not Sacrifice, a post we published earlier this year, we covered the first one of these: “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.'” We discovered that our mercy must exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees or we will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven (cf Matthew 5:20). And, we examined what this kind of mercy looks like.

Learn from Me: The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Learning from the Meek and Humble Heart of Jesus

Today, on this Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we’ll look at the second one of these things Our Lord commands us to learn.  In Matthew 11:29 He says, “…learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart…”  That “learn from me” covers many good and beautiful things Christ taught and modeled for us, things like The Lord’s Prayer, the evangelical virtues, love of God and neighbor, and so forth.  But, what He specifically calls our attention to is His meekness and humility of heart.  And, interestingly enough, He speaks to us of His humility only once!

Humility is truth.  It is neither putting oneself down (false humility) nor elevating oneself.  It is as St. Isaac the Syrian says, “the garment of God”…and we can clothe ourselves with nothing better. Christ, who is the way and the truth and the life, is humility personified, and we are exhorted by St. Paul to “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14), the clothing of God’s eternal wedding feast. Humility draws God to us when He sees us adorned with this Christic royal attire.

Jesus is God and look what He has done for us! His heart is so good that He became man, taught us, put up with us (cf Matthew 17:17), and gave up His life in order to save us and give us eternal life with the Holy Trinity forever. Every Saturday evening at Vespers, the Church sings the Canticle of Christ’s humility, “Though he was in the form of God, Jesus did not deem equality with God something to be grasped at…he emptied and…humbled himself…” (cf Philippians 2:6-8). The Word became flesh and spent His life on earth emptying Himself: in His Incarnation and Birth, in His hidden life in Nazareth, before the crowds, before Peter and the Apostles, in His Passion and Death, and even in His glorious Resurrection.

In his Little Book on Humility and Patience, Archbishop William Ullathorne, a descendant of St. Thomas More, calls Christ the Master of humility, calls His Passion the book of humility and calls His Cross the throne of humility. Not to be outdone with how He humbly emptied Himself on earth, Jesus is still doing so today! As Father Francis Donnelly S.J. says in his book How to Love as Jesus Loves, “… in the Eucharist, He [empties] Himself of His humanity, it might be said, to become food and drink.” (This, of course, is a figure of speech because the Eucharist is always the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ.)

Fr. Donnelly goes on to say that humility is the army of virtues and that all virtues practice it. In the great classroom of Christ, it is the daily virtue! This classroom is where Christ reveals his heart: a humble heart meek and poor in spirit that mourns, that hungers and thirsts for justice, is pure and merciful, makes peace and suffers persecution for the sake of God’s Kingdom, in short, a humble heart that enfleshes the beatitudes. It is the heart of someone who looks up to God because it is not proudly grasping to become like God, the heart of someone who is trustingly childlike not childish, which example Our Lord held up to us as the only type of heart that enters the Kingdom of Heaven (cf Matthew 18:3).

Today, we celebrate this humble and merciful heart of Jesus, the heart of God made manifest for us, that He might make of us what pleases Him and that we might have “the strength to comprehend…what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, so that [we] may be filled with all the fullness of God” (cf Ephesians 3:18-19).


Jesus, meek and humble of Heart.
Make our hearts like unto yours

(From the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)


Art: Illustration of Sacred Heart of Jesus with stigmata and blessing gesture in the Latin rite; portal to the Sacred Heart Church in Bernau bei Berlin, Botulph, own work, May 2012, CCA-SA 3.0 Unported; Sacred Heart Holy Card, undated, Jim Capaldi, 2009-09-24, PD-US copyright expired; both Wikimedia Commons.

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Editor, Liz holds a Master of Arts in Ministry Degree (St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts), Liturgy Certificate (Boston Archdiocese), and a BS degree in Biology and Spanish (Nebraska Wesleyan University - Lincoln). She has served as hospital chaplain associate, sacristan, translator and in other parish ministries. She was a regular columnist for a military newspaper in Europe and has been published in a professional journal. She once waded in the Trevi Fountain!

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  • Patricia

    “…in the Eucharist, He [empties] Himself of His humanity, it might be said, to become food and drink.”

    The King of Glory with a heart burning with love in the Eucharist shows no physical humanity in His APPEARANCE as a host with only three visible attributes: small, round, white.
    He does not cry out, for He no longer has a human voice. In His humility, He seems visibly powerless as He waits until He is picked up and allows Himself to be touched by whoever does so; to see this small, plain host does not make others tremble at His Majesty and Power. Others can no longer at look at Him and gaze at charming face of a baby with love and delight as they did when He was born. He has no hands to heal us, no feet to come to us, no voice to teach us, no eyes to gaze on us with love, no appearance of a crucified body to draw us in, no visible beating beating human heart love with which to love us.
    And yet, we all know that the Eucharist IS His best gift of love to us while we are in this earthy world, truly His very HEART OF LOVE and fully His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Host -truly miraculous. When we see Him in the Host, fully Human and Divine, with the eyes of our heart and give our hearts to Him in return, we prepare for our heavenly home. “But, as it is written: That eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9).

    • LizEst

      In the Eucharist, He manifests Himself under the appearances of Bread and Wine…but He is still there fully: Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. He still has His physical body…and will always have it. He has not lost His voice. He has not lost any physical attributes He has. He is fully present, thanks be to God. He is with us always.

      • Rebecca

        The phrase ‘spiritual humility’ resonates with me. Christ asks us to be child-like – to have spiritual humility before him. In other words, we must acknowledge Him as our Creator who knows us better than we know ourselves. In this knowledge, he is asking us to trust him with our lives and our souls. This is the best way to live and the holy way to reach Heaven.

  • Charles Saliba

    He is still there fully: Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.

    I wonder which is the biggest act of humility between being in the host, or indirectly asked by a priest even if the priest is not up to the appropriate state, to come down from His throne next to the Father and be in the host.

    Jesus said this to St. Faustina, when he said first I had to obey my Father, then my parents, then my enemies, now to the priest.

  • marybernadette

    ‘And why is this granted to me, that the Most High Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior, comes in all His Glory, to unite with me in the most intimate way with His Most Precious Body, Blood Soul and Divinity. Dear Lord forgive me for my sins of failing to recognize what an Amazing Treasure given only to The Holy Catholic Church. Help me in union with Our Blessed Mother of the Blessed Sacrament, to love you as you deserve, Amen! ‘Jesus Meek and Lowly of Heart, make our hearts like unto thine, Amen!’

  • Patricia

    This comment was specifically in reference to the meaning of these two sentences about the HUMILITY of Christ in the Eucharist from today’s posting: “Not to be outdone with how He humbly emptied Himself on earth, Jesus is still doing so today! …in the Eucharist, He [empties] Himself of His humanity, it might be said, to become food and drink.”

    A Eucharistic Retreat
    Meditation #18
    Imitation of Christ in the Real Presence in His Humility
    by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

    “Our guides for seeing how Christ manifests His humility in the Real Presence are the saintly men and women whom the Church has raised to the honors of the altar. Therefore, we are secure in following their teaching and even using their vocabulary……..” Real the whole reflection here:

    I also wanted to emphasize we are not seeing Him as people did during the events of His public ministry on earth, but are believing everything about what He said about the Himself in the Eucharist, John 6 etc. We are seeing by Faith, not appearances, which is preparing us for our heavenly home, which we can’t see or even totally comprehend yet either.

    • LizEst

      Indeed! He hides himself to our eyes yet he is always fully present: Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. He 100% present! Thank you for the reference by Fr. Hardon. Happy Lord’s Day to you, Patricia!

      • Patricia

        Yes, He is still fully present here on earth and in Heaven!

  • Clark Vincent Enriquez

    Such beautiful words… 🙂

    • LizEst

      Thank you, Clark Vincent Enriquez. To God, from Whom all good things come, be the glory!

      • Clark Vincent Enriquez

        hehe I never read such beautiful text literature for a while, it made me alive again in the faith,
        It was really a bad idea to overlooked such beautiful catholic articles, though I haven’t repented yet…

        I don’t know why but anyways, I hope I will always be doing the same everyday…

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