It is 23rd June 2017. We celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is also the day of prayer for the sanctification of priests. It is our duty to pray for our priests, if we love them. They need our prayers to continue and to persevere in His love through their personal call and commitments. The readings are from Deut. 7:6-11; the second reading is from 1 John 4:7-16; and the Gospel from Matthew 11:25-30. This is indeed the great celebration in honour of ever-loving and ever-forgiving Heart of Jesus. The love of Christ is manifested to the fullest sense in today’s celebration. This feast reminds us all about the overflowing love of God enshrined in His Heart of mercy. The Heart of Jesus is the well-spring of love that never dries. Even though, through our selfishness, we constantly wound His Heart of love, His heart shields and safeguards us from all that harm us. The Heart of Jesus is the fountain of love and blessings. Let us not hesitate to come closer to such a lovely heart of Jesus. The untiring love of Jesus with its infiniteness is the logo of all love. How long are we going to reject the supreme love of Jesus and constantly ignoring it and distance ourselves through our indifferences? It is our obligation to love and trust the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The first reading reminds us that we are all God’s ‘treasured possession’ for himself. God loves us not because we are large in number but merely because of his love. “It was because the Lord loved you and because of his fidelity to the oath he had sworn your fathers, that he brought you out with his strong hand from the place of slavery, and ransomed you from the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt.” (Deut. 7:8). The responsorial Psalm prays, “The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.” (Ps.103:17). The second reading reprimands us telling that our love for Jesus must be seen in the way we treat and love the other person. We need to demonstrate our love and devotion to the Heart of Jesus by not falling into the sickly, violent and destroying environments of racism, tribalism, and all kinds of human ill-treatments. “Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.” (1 Jn. 4:11). Whatever is the burden we are carrying in our lives, we are invited by Jesus in the Gospel to come and experience in His Divine love that would remove all our worries, troubles, sickness and all types of burdens. There is no way out for the humanity except the way of Jesus. There is no heart could accommodate us as that of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. “Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Mt. 11:28). Wishing you all the blessings of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Happy Feast day to you all. Have a good day.

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