Thursday, June 22, 2017
FRIDAY, THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS
June 23, 2017 – FRIDAY, THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Dt 7: 6 -11 / 1 Jn 4: 7- 16 / Mt 11: 25 - 30
The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was first celebrated in Rennes, France on 31 August 1670, through the efforts of St. John Eudes (1602 - 1680). The "great apparition" of the Sacred Heart to St. Mary Margaret Alacoque (1647 - 1690) on 16 June 1875 is the main impetus for the modern devotion to the Sacred Heart. Officially celebrated in France by 1785, the Feast of the Sacred Heart was extended to the universal Church by Pope Pius IX in 1856.
FROM THE FIRST READING: Dt 7: 6- 8
You are a people consecrated to Yahweh, your God. Yahweh has chosen you from among all the peoples on the face of the earth, that you may be his own people. Yahweh has bound himself to you and has chosen you, not because you are the most numerous among all the peoples (on the contrary, you are the least). Rather he has chosen you because of his love for you and to fulfill the oath he made to your fathers. Therefore, with a firm hand Yahweh brought you out from slavery in Egypt, from the power of Pharaoh.
GOSPEL READING: Mt 11: 25- 30
On that occasion Jesus said, "Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I praise you, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to simple people. Yes, Father, this is what pleased you.
"Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
"Come to me, all you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart and you will find rest. For my yoke is good and my burden light."
From the beginning of man's existence, selfish motives have so often driven his actions. Cain's jealousy of his brother blinded him to kill his own brother. Jacob's deceit, assisted by his mother, drove him to steal the birthright of his brother Esau. King David's lust led him to arrange the death of Uriah, the rightful husband of Bathsheba.
Throughout the history of mankind, greed and murder, lies and deceit, conflicts and wars have plagued human existence, proof of how selfish motivations have so often driven men to do evil against their fellows. Etched in the hearts of men is a selfish mechanism for self-survival and self-aggrandizement. With time and so-called progress, there have been newer and more effective ways of deception, corruption and even mass destruction.
Many then see as folly to be selfless and loving of others. Their experiences of pain and betrayal, injustice and evil teach them to learn to survive. They become conscious that shrewdness is needed to get what they want, that telling lies advances their status, that they must do what they have to protect their own interests. With selfishness as driving force, the reality of injustice and violence begetting more violence and injustice becomes inevitable.
It is in this purview that Christianity's central message of love brings light and hope to this darkening path to perdition. In a world that freely embraces selfishness and greed, God's light pierces the dark as he reveals himself as Love. Through the incarnation of the Son of God, God speaks once for all and his voice is filled with an unfathomable love for humanity.
Through his Son Jesus, God reveals his concern for the needy and marginalized, for the sick and the suffering. He reveals himself as a God of mercy and forgiveness to bring mankind closer to him. It is in this context of God's love for us that the call to love one's neighbor finds meaning. By entering into human history, God has spoken of what he is: love, charity and generosity.
This is what we celebrate at the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, God's love for us, revealed in Christ's love and life for us.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
CRESENCIO T. JAO
ROSA MEOLI AND FAMILY
IN MEMORIAM (†)
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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