This Feast was instituted by Pope John Paul II, now a canonized saint. In his homily of April 22, 2001, he spoke of how today the "Lord also shows us his glorious wounds and his Heart, an inexhaustible source of light and truth, of love and forgiveness."
As a Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I know that His Heart is always open for us. He tells us to come to His Heart and find all we need. It is consoling in this time of widespread sickness, death, and great suffering to know that His Heart is waiting to pour out His love and mercy on all of us.
Saint John Paul also said "Through the mystery of this wounded heart, the restorative tide of God's merciful love continues to spread over the men and women of our time. Here alone can those who long for true and lasting happiness find its secret."