THE WORD BECAME FLESH
Friday after the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity
Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Hosea 11:1,3-4 8c-9
(Ps) Isa 12
Eph 3:8-12, 14-19
He loves us…
Dear friends in Christ, today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is a celebration of God’s love for us as the heart is the seat of emotions. We celebrate this day with the special symbol of love which is the heart. We are touched by the love of God in every way and every moment of our existence and are called by implication to share forth the love of God in all we do.
In our first reading (Deuteronomy 7:6-11) Moses told the people that God chose them out of love, rescued them from the hands of Pharaoh because he is a faithful God who keeps his covenant. “…but it is because the Lord loves you and his keeping the oath which he swore to your fathers, that the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand…” God’s choice of you is not because you are better than others but out of love. In His love He is faithful to his promises.
The second reading from 1 John 4:7-16 tells us of the implication of God’s love for us. He says, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us…God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” As Christians, our vocation is to love. To love God and to love our neighbour.
The gospel (Matthew 11:25-30) invites us as followers of Christ to humbly submit to his will. His will is that we love everyone and be ready to give our lives in the service of all. That is the yoke he calls us to bear. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and lowly of heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Today’s celebration is about this love of God, that moved him to send his son into the world in search of sinners, to reconcile the world back to God even when in justice, the world deserved condemnation. The devotion to the Sacred Heart has been encouraged by mystics from the medieval times and promoted by St Gertrude, St Margaret Mary Alacoque, St John Eudes and others. The physical Heart of Jesus, represents his divine love for humanity. While appearing to St Margaret, Jesus had explained to her the devotion to the Sacred Heart and asked to be honoured in the symbol of his heart asking for acts of reparation for sin; frequent reception of Holy Communion; Communion on the First Friday of the Month; and keeping of the Holy Hour. In honouring the heart of Christ, our homage lingers on the person of Jesus in the fullness of his love. A love we must also share with others in imitation of Christ.
Let us pray: Lord, as we honour you in this feast of your Most Sacred Heart, we humbly beseech you to increase our love for you and for our neighbours. Amen.