Gospels reveal the triumph of the two Hearts

By Father James Walling, CPM –
Chaplain of the Blue Army Shrine

The triumph of the Immaculate Heart follows the triumph of the Sacred Heart, which is why Our Lord made known at Fatima his desire that devotion to the Immaculate Heart be established in the world and placed alongside devotion to the Sacred Heart. A careful look at the Gospels reveals the symbiotic relationship between the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Throughout his public ministry, Jesus constantly visited towns and villages to proclaim “The kingdom of God is at hand” (Mk. 1:15). When the time came, he set his face like flint toward Jerusalem to make all things new by his suffering and death. He approaches his ministry and death with a sense of urgency saying, “I have come to set the earth on fire and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Lk. 12:49)

The Virgin Mary had the same convictions, precisely because her Immaculate Heart imitates the Sacred Heart. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, she conceived Jesus. Immediately, she journeyed in haste to her cousin Elizabeth to tell her this gospel. A sense of urgency permeated this visitation.

When she was with Jesus at the wedding at Cana, the wine ran short. She told Jesus about this opportunity for charity and he changed a generous amount of water (six 20-gallon jars) into wine. Her request, then, became the catalyst for the apostles’ belief in Jesus. Her interruption of the “hidden life” initiated the three-year ministry of Jesus, catapulting him toward death on the cross. The Virgin imitated Jesus’ charity and mirrored his sense of urgency to bring the grace of redemption into the world.

The Triumph of the Sacred Heart

Crucifixion was the Roman way for punishing a criminal who was not a Roman citizen. Perhaps it was an attempt to combat social evils. Jesus, however, flips this around. He takes up the cross, suffers with it and dies upon it. He is the one in charge and combats an enemy that is not of flesh and blood, but of fallen angels. Jesus allows the evil spirits to take hold of his Body to such an extent that it is seen as a complete tragedy and a thoroughly devastating defeat. Although the crucifixion of Jesus is a proud, hateful, envious and violent manifestation of the demonic spirits, Jesus Christ, the High Priest, turns it into a manifestation of divine love and infinite mercy. Through the death of his Body, his Blood becomes the expiation for sin. By his death he swallows up death.

What Jesus did is what I like to call a spiritual Judo flip (Aikido to be more exact, but which also involves protecting the attacker from injury). Some techniques of the martial arts absorb the thrust of an aggressor and then uses that same force against him. Jesus does the same thing. The devil deals a violent death thrust, and Jesus turns the aggression back on itself. When pure malice confronts pure goodness, massive results will occur. But the devil, being a creature, has no comparison to God. You see, Satan and Jesus are not equal opposites. Rather, they are opposites based on Satan’s rebellion of Jesus who is Lord. God always wins in the spiritual combat. The triumph of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the triumph of Love over malice of will; Life over death of soul and of body. And so, through this spiritual Judo flip, all other spiritual Judo flips receive their power.

The triumph of the Immaculate Heart

The Virgin stands at the Cross, the ground zero of this spiritual combat. Does she chime in with some others who lack faith and say, “Come down from the cross?” No. Rather, her song is that of Jesus’ death song: “…not my will but yours be done” (Lk. 22:42). Satan’s rebellion was that of setting his will in total rejection of God’s will – hence the term “malice of will.” This disobedience is in direct opposition to the loving obedience of Jesus and Mary.

The triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary begins with her will being in union with the will of God. Her triumph continues in each of us who bring our wills into union with the will of God. Does she not say to each of us, “Do whatever He tells you?” (Jn. 2:5) His will for every Christian is LOVE YOUR ENEMY. From this precept, we develop our colloquial “hate the sin; love the sinner” concept. Forgiveness and love have God for their origin. When a person forgives an aggressor, it does not condone the evil done. Rather, it invokes the Blood of Jesus. His Blood turns that proud, hateful and envious violence against itself – and it falls.

Through your consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, you are tied into that same victory she shares with Jesus. You remain standing, confident and serene, but the enemy of your salvation falls – hard.

As Jesus remains on the cross, the fire blazing from his Sacred Heart purifies, heals, strengthens and renews every facet of your being. Starting with your own baptism, and now growing from grace to grace, you become a fit dwelling for the Most Holy Trinity. Mary’s triumph is your participation in this life in Christ. Furthermore, Mary’s triumph is finding room in the inn of all human hearts where her Son, with the Father in the Holy Spirit, transforms them and renews the face of the earth.

This article appeared in Soul Magazine, Spring 2018 issue.

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