Dedication to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
On a big scale, there are a variety of attitudes towards Jesus. St Augustine teaches us that on earth there are two great kingdoms of love, which gradually extend their borders at the expense of each other. There is the kingdom of love of self to the point of contempt of God and there is the kingdom of love of God to the point of contempt of self. These two run through the centre of our hearts.
An example of the latter is the woman who brought an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard, broke it and used everything to honour the Lord. On another occasion, a good number of centuries later, St. Francis was found crying out in the street out of his own great affection for Jesus: “O, Love is not loved; Love is not loved”.
On the contrary, there were faithful disciples of Christ who turned back and no longer followed Jesus. They said: “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” There were people who called Christ, a blasphemer, and also those who accused Him of being possessed. They said “Beelzebul is in him”.