Deuteronomy 7:6-11 / 1 John 4:7-16 / Matthew 11:25-30
The feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is essentially a feast that celebrates the divine love and the human love of God for humanity.
God's love for His people as expressed in the Old Testament takes on a human form in the person of Jesus in the New Testament.
And that divine love and human love was expressed on the Cross and even more so when the heart of Jesus was pierced with a lance and out flowed blood and water.
Indeed the Heart of Jesus represents so many doctrines and devotional aspects of the Church that we are drawn to the image of Jesus that shows His Heart.
In the Heart of Jesus, we see love and mercy, forgiveness and compassion, strength and courage.
And in the gospel, Jesus calls out to us as He says: Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest.
These words of Jesus give us so much consolation, but like little children, we must come before Jesus and gaze in wonder at His Heart.
He will reveal to us what we need for our hearts so that we can find peace in this troubled world and rest from the burdens of life.
And as we unite our hearts to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, let us humbly pray and ask Jesus to make our hearts like His.