Pray our Lord transform our hearts each day of our lives
Reflections on the readings for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 19, 2020): DT 7:6-11; PS 103:1-2,3-4,6-7,8,10; 1 JN 4:7-16; Matthew 11:25-30
MISSIO offers “Preaching Mission,” as a homily help, providing connections to mission from the readings of Sundays, Feast Days and Holy Days.
This feast honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus calls us to appreciate the completeness of God’s love for His people. Our Savior who is both divine and human died for our sake. His heart is more than a symbol of love as an emotion; it encompasses His words, actions, and His entire being, human and divine. The infinite love between the Father and the Son stretches out to include every one of us, of every age, on God’s good earth. Jesus calls and welcomes us to embrace and return His love. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves” (Matthew 11:28-29).
We sometimes think of love as a warm feeling, yet so often that is a fleeting sensation. Real love is demanding. Out of love for the Father – and us – His Son suffered and died for all people. He willingly went to the cross, but not because He felt like it or even because He thought it would be a good idea. In His deep compassion, Jesus knew that this was the only way to claim us for Himself. And He wants us to make our own decision to walk in His footsteps whatever the cost of discipleship. Christ truly was meek and humble of heart, but He was also strong and persevering in serving His Father and guiding us ever closer to His own Heart. Even when those close to Him failed to understand Him or let fear overwhelm them, Jesus never gave up on them; nor will He give up on us. We have only to listen and learn and follow. Let us place our trust in the Sacred Heart of Jesus and let Him make our hearts like His.