Thursday, June 14, 2007


Solemnity, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

June 15, 2007
Solemnity, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

EZEKIEL 34:11-16
Thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will look after and tend my sheep. As
a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered
sheep, so will I tend my sheep. I will rescue them from every place
where they were scattered when it was cloudy and dark. I will lead
them out from among the peoples and gather them from the foreign
lands; I will bring them back to their own country and pasture them
upon the mountains of Israel in the land's ravines and all its
inhabited places. In good pastures will I pasture them, and on the
mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing ground. There they
shall lie down on good grazing ground, and in rich pastures shall they
be pastured on the mountains of Israel. I myself will pasture my
sheep; I myself will give them rest, says the Lord GOD. The lost I
will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind
up, the sick I will heal, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy,
shepherding them rightly.

ROMANS 5:5b-11
Brothers and sisters:The love of God has been poured out into our
hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. For Christ,
while we were still helpless, died at the appointed time for the
ungodly. Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person,
though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die.
But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners
Christ died for us. How much more then, since we are now justified by
his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath. Indeed, if,
while we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more,
once reconciled, will we be saved by his life. Not only that, but we
also boast of God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have
now received reconciliation.

LUKE 15:3-7
Jesus addressed this parable to the Pharisees and scribes: "What man
among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not
leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he
finds it?
And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy
and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and
neighbors and says to them, 'Rejoice with me because I have found my
lost sheep.' 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."

It is important to note the context in which Jesus tells this parable.
St. Luke says that tax collectors and sinners were drawing near to
Jesus to listen to him. The Pharisees and the scribes were upset by
this and began to complain that Jesus welcomes sinners and eats with
them. And therefore, Luke says, Jesus tells this parable.

Jesus is surrounded by sinners and by Pharisees. The latter hope he'll
say something they can use against him. Instead he says something
that's absolutely unexpected. The shepherd not only leaves the entire
flock unprotected and without a leader. When he finds the stray sheep,
he puts it on his shoulder and carries it home rejoicing and he gives
a party for his friend and neighbors. Why? Because he has found his
lost sheep.

We are all lost sheep, sinners. We all need Jesus' salvation. We need
Jesus to carry us on his shoulders to the Father. Jesus and the Father
and all our relatives and friends and the whole host of heaven will
rejoice that he searched and found each one of us.

This parable is about the love Jesus has in his heart for each one of

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the healing and speedy recovery of Sister Heidi Facto DC
... In Thanksgiving: personal intentions of the Evangelista Family
... for the safe trip and a new beginning for Mrs. Teresita Nunez Choa
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Francis Marion
- Birthday: Miss Lisa de los Angeles
- Wedding Anniversary: Luis & Josie Ong
... for world peace and reconciliation.

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

Have a good day!

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