Friday 11th Week of Ordinary Time
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
I John 4:7-16
We celebrate a wonderful Feast Day today in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We are to meditate on the love of Jesus Christ for us. This feast day began because of the heresy of Jansenism, which held that for some people sin was greater than God’s love and grace. Unfortunately, this heresy is still alive and well today. So many times in confession I hear people say, “I have committed a sin that God cannot forgive.” How sad! God loves us, when we are good and when we are not so good. God’s unconditional love is not a green card to go and sin more; it is a card of love which says, “I love you this much can you love me more in return?” It is a good day to meditate on God’s love for us because God loves more than we can imagine. We hear this in our readings today.
In our first reading from Deuteronomy Moses says, “You are a people sacred to the Lord; because he has chosen you to set his heart on you.” How beautiful of an image is that to meditate on?
In our second reading, we hear what is important to know is not that we love God, but that he loved us first and continued to love us. With this love of God, since it overwhelms us, we are commanded to love others.
In our Gospel, Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble of heart.” I struggled with this Gospel chosen today, but after praying about it what I think God is telling us is we put the yoke of sin on our shoulders all the time and it ways us down, it is a burden. When we put the joke of God’s love on our shoulders, it is gentle and light.
So take the invitation today. Fix your eyes on the heart of Jesus and let his love flow over us.