Summer is a time for vacationing and relaxing in the warmth of sunshine and outdoor beauty. My personal favorite summertime place is Nantakset Beach in Hull, Mass. I grew up going to that beach, and while there may be “nicer” beaches elsewhere, it feels like home to me. The beach break forms perfect waves for swimming and surfing. I love watching the surfers and paddle boarders ride the waves, and because the sandy beach is so gradual, I can get pretty far out in the ocean to body surf. I long for those few hours a year when I am immersed in salt water, feeling the immensity of the ocean and the beauty of God’s creation surrounding me.
Recently, a friend told me of an experience he had at a Florida beach, standing in water up to his shoulders, a rosary in his hand. He felt at that moment that the warm waters surrounding him were like the ocean of God’s mercy — deep, comforting and completely immersive.
The church gives us a reminder that we are constantly immersed in God’s ocean of merciful goodness and that Jesus longs for us to live fully in his love — the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 28.
Even in the midst of evil and doubt that plagues our world, God is ever present; his love, in which we all move and live and have our being, is everlasting. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ, as St. Paul says.
Let us remember when we are plunged into trials and sufferings, we are simultaneously immersed in the ocean of God’s merciful love. Or rather, since God is love, the infinite ocean of God in the heart of Christ.
Find devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus here: https://vistyr.org/prayers-devotions.
Cambio is director of youth and young-adult ministry for the Parish of the Most Holy Name of Jesus in Elmira.
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