The heart is symbolically thought to be the place our feelings of love or hate, devotion or deception originate. When in great emotion our hearts race or pound or feel heavy. Jesus’ love for us was so great we often wax about His heart being on fire for us. How else can we explain how He could love us so much that He could face pain, humiliation, and even death out of concern for us? Often in depictions of the Sacred Heart have this flame is pictured burning from the top of His heart, the fuel for the flame being the boundless love contained therein.
The crown of thorns often surrounds the heart, the humble and painful crown given to the King of Kings which He wore with dignity and for our salvation. The wound from the soldier’s lance is usually depicted. From this wound flowed blood and water the source of sacramental life in the Church: water that cleanses us and blood that feeds us.
O Jesus meek and humbled of heart, make our hearts like unto Thine.