Grace to you!
On this special day as we celebrate the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we make a prayerful reflection, a devotion to this Heart, which has loved us so tenderly and in whom we are sanctified.
A prayerful contemplation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus draws one to see inside that Heart what all hearts desire— pure and immeasurable love. As the center of affection and life, the heart reminds me of the great tenderness of Divine Love.
When I look at the Sacred Heart of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I hear the words: “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest” (Mtt 11:28). As I’m drawn to feel the pulse and hear the heartbeat of my Blessed Savior, I hear those invitations of hope and blessings: Come to the river of life for from my heart shall flow dreams of living water for you (Jn 7:38). Come and find peace for your heart. I see love as never has been and never will be except in the Sacred Heart of Our Savior.
A feast day like this means so much for the Church. It’s very special to me and I hope to many too. It’s a special day for the sanctification of priests.
On this day, we are reminded of the everlasting love of God for which the Son came so that sons and daughters of his may have life in abundance. I’m reminded that the name of God is love, the love that came from eternity in the Trinity of love, the love Incarnate. It is the love which binds us in the Lover and for which we are reborn in him, Christ, who loves us.
A day like this reminds me that despite the world’s lack of love, there stands beyond the cage of worldly hate and unkindness, enduring agape (love) trumping them all. Sacred Heart of Jesus also reminds me: “No greater love shall a man have than to lay down his life for his friends" (Jn 15:13). To that love, therefore, are invited all who feel unloved and all who are thirsty for true love and peace.
Today the Church in a special way prays for the sanctification of priests. What a symbolic way to show that the heart of the priest should equally be aligned to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We ask the Sacred Heart of Jesus to tuck his priests, the priests of the Holy Mother Church, in his Most Sacred Heart so we continue to choose what is true, good and beautiful. May this heart strengthen the will of priests who are struggling with addiction, all sorts of attachment that do not glorify God, and grant them healing.
Today as we pray for priestly sanctity, we also pray in reparation for those priests whose life and actions make the love of Christ dull in the hearts of others; those who caused wound to the heart of the Church by their actions against the vulnerable; and those who fail to show Christ’s love in a wounded world.
May the Sacred Heart of Jesus mold our hearts in the likeness of His. Amen
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.