Heartthrob: pop culture of the past two centuries have given us plenty. It’s a term attributed to a celebrity, and usually a male. If I were to claim such a one from my younger days, it might be this celebrity.
Isaiah 60, a confident encouragement was read at Mass this past weekend. The center of the passage, verses 4 through 5a speak of a heart throbbing:
Raise your eyes and look about;
they all gather and come to you:
your sons come from afar,
and your daughters in the arms of their nurses.
Then you shall be radiant at what you see,
your heart shall throb and overflow,
Love, in the best sense–and not infatuation–really can find us in a build-up of emotion. Emotion is often considered suspect in religious circles these days. While we do have quite a bit of infatuation in secular circles, so I’m not wholly surprised. Still, a return from a period of darkness and gloom, should indeed inspire something other than frozen sentiments from the chosen people.
When we believers look up out of our own private gloom, are we glad to see others gather? Do we find the experience of worship on the great feasts to be one that inspires radiance? A deep tug in our innermost being?
If not, why not?