I’ve been reading the Ignatian Exercises, and began thinking about how Jesus not only died for our sins generally, meaning that He died for ‘us’, but then realized that He not only died for ‘us’, but he died for me. Individually. And you. Each one of you, individually. He knows your sin, in kind and number-each of you, individually, and mine. Which means that each of us must make reparition for our sins individually. But the question arises, how could we possibly do that?
Jesus is in heaven, and He and all the Saints are happy in heaven, aren’t they? Aren’t they? Well, the answer is ‘yes’. And ‘no’. As humans, we can be happy and sad at the same time, right? I could be happy about a promotion at work, yet unhappy about a situation with my children at home. We often have chronic issues going on in the background of our lives which keep us from total happiness. I would suggest that it’s the same in heaven. And I would also suggest that, in an eternal way, it’s the same thing with Jesus.
He was, is, and always will be. Which means he always suffered/suffers on that cross for each and every one of our sins. This is why we can see portraits of modern saints at the foot of the cross. It’s also why shows on EWTN like “Saints Alive” can speak of modern issues. They’re alive.
They are in heaven, and they’re happy. They’re also aware of what’s going on in our lives, and when we sin, they’re sad. Jesus is also sad about what’s going on in our lives that’s bad.
Now, to the point, St. Ignatius Loyola encourages us to console the Sacred Heart of Jesus. But how can we do that??? He’s in heaven. This is where the ‘eternal timeline’ comes in. There is no time in eternity, so today, yesterday, and tomorrow are all the same. So while Jesus paid it forward for the sins we will commit, and was aware of those sins at the time of his crucifixion, by the same token we can do works of mercy, and pray for people, all to actively console Jesus’ Sacred Heart. In fact, this is provable if you read the daily requests of Jesus present in the Novena of Divine Mercy.
Day one, Jesus says “”Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me.”
Day two, Jesus says “Today bring to Me the Souls of Priests and Religious, and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind.” Priests and religious did not exist as such when Jesus endured his bitter Passion. But as His mercy flows through them, so our spiritual mercy flows back to console Jesus’ Sacred Heart.