The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Matthew 11: 25-30
Dt 7: 6-11 / Ps 103: 1-4, 6-7, 8, 10 / 1 Jn 4: 7-16

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
(Matthew 11:29)

Have no fear for our provision,
Let love extend a helping hand;
When our hearts bring forth compassion
God will respond and heal our land.

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes Father, this has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over 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 labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden light.” (Matthew 11: 25-30)

Reflection

Jesus invites us to share in His yoke of the cross by willingly accepting the burden of Christian stewardship or ministry that we may find ourselves involved with. By responding to His call we will learn from Him – how to be gentle and humble, like His Sacred Heart- and in the process grow in wisdom and understanding, live in harmony with other men, and find real peace in our land.

No man ever lived (and loved) without a cross to bear. This is the yoke of original sin that all of us, descendants of Adam, inherited from our first parents. But when we answer the invitation of Jesus to ‘take on His yoke’ – in the name of love, for His Sacred Heart – our own yoke actually becomes lighter. Like a pair of oxen bearing a common yoke, Christ becomes our partner in carrying our trials and difficulties in life. That is why those who are kind-hearted and generous have an easier time going through life even if they seem to have heavier crosses to bear. The recent flash flood in our city which brought thousands of poor families untold miseries, including the loss of homes and loved ones also brought out the compassionate service of so many relief volunteers and the generosity of many anonymous donors. The spirit of love and caring were so evident in the relief centers where food provisions, water, clothes, blankets and medicines arrived in truckloads. Their kindness have helped ease the pains and losses of many. Love never fails to make our loads lighter and our journey in life much easier. St. Augustine wrote that in all instances, those who do not love feel their trials as “great severities”; whereas those who love others endure the same, but they do not seem to feel them as severe. “For love makes all, the hardest and most distressing things, altogether easy, and almost nothing.

In today’s second reading, St. John gives the same advice: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8) May the Sacred Heart of Jesus increase our devotion to Him, the Father and the Holy Spirit, and inspire us to be more loving of others as well.

Lord, may our hearts be joined with Your Sacred Heart, so that they may also be filled with love, and the glory of the Father be revealed to us. In Your service we have found rest, and in Your cross we have the hope of eternal bliss. Amen.

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