Today is the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. In the first reading from Ezekiel 34, God uses the imagery of a shepherd. “I myself will pasture my sheep; I myself will give them rest, says the Lord God.” We see this very same imagery in the Gospel reading from Luke 15. Jesus talks about how a shepherd who has a hundred sheep but loses one will leave the ninety-nine behind to seek out the one lost sheep. He says, “I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.”
The heart is a funny thing, isn’t it? We know that it is just a muscle, a vital organ. But we also know that the heart is so much more. We talk about matters of the heart; of love and hate, romance and infatuation. Someone who is very generous is know to have a big heart. Someone who is unfeeling is said to have a heart of stone. And we also know that we cannot hide our heart from God. He sees right into the heart.
So, what do you think Jesus' heart is like? We can say with full assurance that there has never been a heart like the Sacred Heart of Jesus. For His is no ordinary heart. Inside of Jesus beats the very heart of God. A heart filled with love and compassion. A heart that longs to hold and nurture each and every one of His children. Jesus’ heart is a heart for you.
Father, show us ever more the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Help us draw closer to you, that our hearts might more clearly resemble His Most Sacred Heart. Amen.
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