The Six Symbolic Meanings of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It became a popular devotion with Christ’s visions to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Visitation nun who lived in France in the late 1600s.

In December of 1673, Jesus allowed St. Margaret Mary to rest her head on His heart, explaining that she was to make the wonder of his human heart known to the world.

Six Symbolic Meanings of the Christ’s Human Heart

  • The Heart stands for the physical heart of Jesus and His sacrificial love for humanity.
  • The pierced and bleeding heart reminds us of St. Longinus, the Roman solider who thrust his sword into Christ’s side, piercing his heart on the cross. From this blood and water gushed forth from the side of Christ.
  • The crown of thorns is the symbol of the crown placed on the head of Jesus to mock Him as King, and torture Him before his crucifixion.
  • The cross on the top of the heart stands for Christ’s Redemptive work from the Cross that saved humanity.
  • The flames on the heart are symbolic of the burning love Christ has for all of humanity.
  • The light surrounding the heart stands for the divine light that shines in the darkness of this world.