The Sacred Heart of Jesus
GLORIFICATION OF THE SACRED HEART 35
Our Lord deigned to make them known to His humble
Spouse in giving her a foretaste of them even here below.
On Easter Sunday evening Jesus appeared to Mechtilde
and said to her : " This evening I am come to serve you all.
At your meal I would serve five different dishes.
" The first is the joy My divinity received on this day
from My humanity and My humanity from my divinity.
" The second, the joy I felt when in the place of all
the bitterness that love poured on Me during my Passion,
it now spread an immeasurable happiness and the fulness
of its joy through all my members.
" The third, the joy I felt in offering to My Father
the most precious gift, in a transport of delight. I mean
My soul and all the souls I had just redeemed.
" The fourth, the joy I experienced when My Father
gave Me the power to honour, enrich and reward the
friends whom I had redeemed with so much pain and at
so great a cost.
" The fifth, the joy I felt in seeing My Father associate
with Me, in the everlasting glory of My throne, those
whom I had redeemed, making them coheirs with Me
and guests at My table. Other kings, after having dined
with their friends, leave them once the repast is over,
but My friends will remain with Me eternally.
" To everyone who shall remind Me of these joys,
for the first, provided he desires it before death, I will
give him a foretaste of My divinity. For the second, I
will give him the gift of knowledge. For the third, I will
offer his soul to My Father at the hour of his death. For
the fourth, I will share with him My labours and the
fruit of,all My sufferings, and for the fifth, I will associate
him in the happiness of the Saints."
It will be instructive to compare this revelation made
to St. Mechtilde in the thirteenth century with a page
written in the nineteenth by a learned and pious bishop
on the mysteries of the Heart of Jesus :