My heart is overwhelmed,
my pity is stirred. Hosea 11
Our sinfulness cannot estrange us from God, if we acknowledge it, it becomes the very great, greasy shoot which can lead us right into Christ's mercy-filled heart, his broken Heart as Refuge. Today here and now he notices us and rushes toward us without delay rejoicing to be merciful.
Jesus is the kind shepherd who searches for the lost ones. Our job to let ourselves be found. Like the Father in the story of the lost son, Jesus constantly abandons all dignity and decorum and entitlement and runs after us. And if we are wise enough not to elude him, or hide out, he takes us to his heart, even within his heart.
The Sacred Heart, by Odilon Redon.