The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Malvern Minute

 

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

June 19, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Book of Deuteronomy 7:6-11

Psalm 103

John 4:7-16

 

Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  When we hear the name, “Most sacred Heart of Jesus,” most of us probably think of a statue or painting that appear in our churches and homes.  It’s the image where Jesus stands with His heart, burning with joy and love for us.  Many of us probably don’t think any deeper about this image of Jesus, and yet we are called to more, much more. 

Pope Francis, in his 2013 homily on the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus said, “It is more difficult to let God love us than to love Him!  The best way to love Him in return is to open our hearts and let Him love us.”  Every time we see these images of Jesus we are reminded to open ourselves to the love of Christ and give ourselves completely to Him as has given Himself to us.  He lays His heart open before us as an example of how to live our lives.

The readings for the Solemnity also give us great insight into the importance of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and how we can relate it to our lives.  The most striking part of our first reading is the passage where Moses says, “It was not because you are the largest of all nations that the Lord set His heart on you and chose you, for you are really the smallest of all nations.  It was because the Lord loved you and because of His fidelity to the oath He had sworn to your fathers.”  These words are not just a reminder of the covenant that the Lord made with Abraham, but a foreshadowing and reflection in the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. 

John’s Gospel expounds on this idea of love and demonstrates for us how the covenant made between God and Abraham has been fulfilled in the Gospel.  He explains to us that God is love and it is through our love for each other that we come to know God and serve Him.  John tells us about the importance of Christ’s sacrifice as he says, “God sent His only Son into the world so that we might have life though Him.” 

Sisters and brothers, this is the message of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  This feast day reminds us that Jesus gave us the ultimate example of love and laying down one’s life for another and in doing this Jesus sets His Sacred Heart upon us.

Question of the Day: How will you open your heart to Jesus in order to feel His love for you?

Prayer:  “O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.  Amen.”  (Prayer from Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque)

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in the world.

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