Growing up with Filipino parties, card games were always played in the cold garages all through the night. Black Jack, 21, War…. you name it, it’s been played. The King of Hearts was always a high card on the table. Hearts and other things is what I’ve been thinking of these past days.
The real King of Hearts brought us together for Theology on Tap as we listened to newly ordained priest, Father Jeff Henry, speak on his vocation story as the first married priest in the Diocese of Sacramento.
This morning, we prayed with Father Leon as he celebrated his penultimate Eucharist with us and blessed one of the parishoners celebrating her 40th wedding anniversary and whose husband is fighting his last stage of cancer in the hospital. Father Leon said something so simple, yet struck the heart, “That’s what life is all about, accepting the divine will of God.”
Indeed, God is love. And our lives are about conforming our lives after God’s own heart. The Sacred Heart of Jesus has always been a very personally image for me. Today, I feel this sense of renewal in my own journey of faith. It is my prayer that our lives are consumed by the real King of Hearts. May the Most Sacred Heart ultimately leads us to be community, celebrate the Eucharist, and serve the world.
“We are called not only to meditate and contemplate on this mystery of Christ’s love; we are called to take part in it. It is the mystery of the Holy Eucharist, the center of our faith, the center of our worship of Christ’s merciful love manifested in his Sacred Heart, a mystery which is adored here night and day.” ~ Blessed Pope John Paul II