Friday, XI Week of Ordinary Time, Year A

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in you

Readings: 1st: Dt 7:6-11; Ps: 102; Gos: Mt 11:25-30

This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico &  Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: canice_c_njoku@yahoo.com, cancilleriadfh@gmail.com, canicechukwuemeka@gmail.com.

Today, Friday of the eleventh week of ordinary time, the Church celebrates the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

It is a devotion with a long history in the church. In modern times, has been established as a Solemnity for the universal Church.

The Solemnity was first celebrated in France, and the devotion was made popular following the revelations to Saint Marguerite Marie Alacoque.

The devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is closely associated with acts of reparation to Jesus Christ.

The Sacred Heart stands as a powerful symbol of the whole human body of Jesus Christ. It is a heart of forgiveness, a heart of passion, a heart of sorrow and a heart of love.

As Jesus reveals himself through the Gospels, we discover that the basic attitude of his heart is one of unconditional love and not hatred.

The first, and last message of the Gospel is that God loves this world and every person in it. He sent his son Jesus not as a judge but as a shepherd, with a compassionate heart.

In today’s gospel, Jesus thanks the Father for revealing his mysteries to the little ones and hiding them from the wise and the intelligent.

So, let ask God for the grace to be among the little ones, so that we might be able to comprehend the greatness of his love and compassion for all of us.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us!

Peace be with you all!

Maranatha!

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