⏰Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus C (28 June 2019)

📖Ezek 34:11-16; Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.1); Luke 15:3-7


My dear, in the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we celebrate love. The Heart of Jesus is the heart of love. Jesus is God and God is love (1 John 4:16). It then means that Jesus is love.

In his apparition to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in France, Jesus said, pointing to his heart, “Behold this heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing to testify its love for them, even to the exhausting and consuming of itself for their sake.”

The height of the expression of this great love is seen on the cross when he declared, “It is finished” (John 19:30). And to make that love ever available, a soldier pierced his side, just beneath his heart. From there flows always, as long as his heart continues to beat, blood and water, symbols of life and purity (cf. John 19:34).

Meanwhile, that expression on the cross means that your problems and troubles and worries are finished. The devil has no power over you. Jesus has won the victory and won the salvation for you and me out of love. With him by your your side, you shall not be in want (cf. Ps 23).

This love is God’s gratuitous gift, which is unmerited as St. Paul discussed in the Second Reading (cf. Rom 5:5b-11). Obviously, he was pushed into granting us this gratuitous love by his desire to save us from damnation as the good shepherd does for the sheep.

Unfortunately, like the erring and unguarded sheep, we are most times unfaithful and ungrateful to his generosity of love towards us. Yet, he does not get angry with us, but continues to draw us to himself (cf. Hos 11:1-9). When he succeeds in finding us, great joy bursts out in heaven (cf. Luke 15:5-7).

Can you see? He loves you and wants to love you always. Are you ready to love him in return?

May his love always be upon you as you place all your trust in him. Amen.

Have a lovely celebration of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus today. Peace be with you dear.

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