THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS RADIATES LIFE AND LOVE!
1st Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-16; 2nd Reading: Romans 5:5- 11; Gospel: Luke 15:3-7
Today, the Universal Church celebrates the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ. It is one of the most widely practiced and well known Catholic Devotions in the world. This heart of Jesus Christ Symbolizes God’s infinite mercy, abundant and passionate love for humanity.
WHY DOES THE CHURCH CELEBRATE THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS?
We know that the heart is the seat of Love and where there is love there is life and health. Only a pure heart can love genuinely and unconditionally, and once you’re connected to that heart that is pure, life is being transferred or infused in you and you will be transformed. Jesus Christ is a Man with a Pure, Compassionate, Kind, Humble and Merciful Heart, Slow to Anger and abounding in Love. That is why He tells us in Matthew 11:28, to come to Him, those who are overburdened with heavy load in their hearts, that He will give them rest. Because He has come that we might have life and have it in abundance (John 10:10).
Meanwhile, in the first reading, through Prophet Ezekiel, God promised to seek out for His sheep; and to rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. Gloriously, this promise is being fulfilled in today’s Gospel, through Jesus Christ, the good Shepherd, who goes in search of the lost sheep, and, after finding it, rejoices with His neighbours. Certainly, it was because of the genuine Love from the Sacred Heart of Jesus for humanity that He decided to come as human in order to redeem her from her precarious and sinful state. Thus, Jesus reveals His compassionate love towards those who go astray, in order to reconcile them back to the Almighty God, who is the Source of Life, so that they might have life in fullness and live forever.
Moreover, He did this by shedding His precious Blood on the Cross and His Sacred Heart of Jesus was pierced with a spear, and thus Blood and Water gushed out. Consequently, when He was raised up high on the Cross, He gave Himself for humanity with a Sacrificial Love; ratified by His precious Blood and Water pouring out from His pierced Heart, which is the wellspring of the Church’s Sacraments. So, that won over to the open Heart of our Saviour Jesus Christ, we might with Joy draw water from the well of Salvation (Isaiah 12:5).
Therefore, we need to make frantic efforts daily in order to be connected to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. For instance, a magnet has the ability to attract any metallic object and can transfer its properties to that metal when it is being attached to it for some time. Subsequently, that metal would become a temporal magnet and thus begins to attract other metallic objects. So also, if we faithfully attach ourselves to Jesus Christ on a daily basis through the Sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist and Penance, and allow Him to dwell in our hearts, then His attributes of purity, compassion, kindness, humility, merciful heart, slowness in anger and unconditional love will definitely be infused or transferred into our hearts. When this transformation takes place in our hearts, we will be able to transform the lives of those we come in contact with on a daily basis.
Finally, since God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us, just as St. Paul explains in the second reading, I enjoin you all today, to imitate the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is Pure, Gentle and Lovely, so that you may have life in abundance and live forever.
Say: Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory Be to the Father … O Most Sacred Heart ? ? of Jesus Christ, I place all my trust in you, 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.
Peace of Christ be with you…
Rev. Fr Ben OKALA, C.S.Sp.
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Thank you for sharing we need to receive pure hearts to be effective
All to the glory of God. You’re welcome my dear Evidence. May the Almighty God bless you more in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
I receive the blessings, Rev.
May God bless you too!
Amen ?. Thank you very much my dear.
This is inspiring. May His will be the rule of my desires and actions. Amen. Thank you for the teaching padre.
Thanks be to God Almighty! Your are very much welcome my dear sister Jane. May Divine Favour envelope you for greater exploit and breakthrough, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Your messages are full of insight, revelation, and truth. Thank you Fr. for preaching the counsel of God. I am forever grateful.
I magnify the name of the Almighty God for His Divine Inspiration. You are welcome my dear sister Amaka. May you be nourished and transformed by the Power of the Holy Eucharist, Amen.
Thanks for sharing,God bless u more fada
Amen ?. You’re welcome my dear Francisca. May the Holy Spirit be with you always through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.