In the rich tradition of the Church, the month of June is set aside in devotion to the Sacred Heart. In a particular way during these weeks we are encouraged to a new fervour and new love for Christ by increasing our fervour and love for his Most Sacred Heart, that font of eternal life and fire of everlasting charity. Depictions of the Sacred Heart remind us of this by the flame that accompanies the Lord’s heart. The love of Christ is so strong that his heart is aflame for us; consuming itself in a furnace of pure love in order that we might benefit from its heat and its light; in order that we might share in the sacrifice it makes by consuming itself, and so have that same love burn deep within us.
In the gospels we occasionally meet a word which, in order to emphasize its particular importance, is left in its original language. This is the case not simply in the English translation we hear proclaimed in the Sacred Liturgy or read in our homes, but in the text of the gospels themselves. We think particularly of the words of Our Lord from the throne of his cross: Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani—“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mt. 27: 46). Or, conversely, of the beautiful moment when Saint Mary Magdalene, recognizing the Lord after his resurrection, cries with a single word, Rabboni, which means “teacher” (Jn 20: 16). Today, too, we find Ephphatha, an Aramaic word which means “be opened” (Mk 7: 34). That this remains untranslated, then, indicates not simply an immediate exterior importance in the healing of the dumb-mute, but a deeper interior significance that reveals something of the very person of Christ.