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dc.contributor.authorAlexander, Andy, S.J.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 169en_US
dc.description.abstractThis beautiful solemn feast lets us reflect upon the sacredness of Jesus' heart full of love for us. His heart is on fire with love for us. It is good to pause and ask what that can mean. For me, I need the images of heart and fire to let myself get closer to how passionatly Jesus loves me, loves all of us.|The readings remind us that it is a love which cares with the fidelity and dedication of a self-sacrificing shepherd.|For most of us, I suspect the challenge of our life is to let Jesus love us. When this reality moves from our heads to our hearts, we need to face the part of us which lets or doesn't let ourselves be loved by Jesus. For whatever reason, for whatever history, or however we have grown in the faith, there can be resistence in us to experiencing love, to receiving it and to enjoying it - even from others, but, perhaps especially from Jesus. We can tend, sometimes, to think that feeling "unworthy" is "religious." It takes a while to surrender that, to the reality of the fact that Jesus loves us unconditionally, without conditions. He doesn't love us "more" if we are better. In fact, his love for us grows the more we need to be loved, to be comforted, to be found from our wandering.|It is great to reflect upon the kind of love we can experience from the Heart of Jesus. It is tender, patient, understanding, forgiving, encouraging, supportive, comforting, and accompanying love. He is so faithful to us. What brings it alive for me is that this fidelity is full of affection. He likes us and enjoys us and wants to be with us, to be with us in communion we will enjoy forever, but also to share with us that intimacy our hearts really desire and crave most deeply. As Augustine noted so accurately, from his own experience, we can all pray: "O, Lord, our God, you made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they rest in you." We can recognize when we are restless, when we feel unsettled and crave stuff we think will make us happy, or at least relieve some emptiness. Jesus promises to make his home in us and to let us make our home in him. When we come home to that love, we are really happy.|The desire I have, which I think we all can long for, is that our hearts will be like his; that we beat as one with his; that we are on fire to love as he does; that we are fearless in letting go with love that expresses itself in "deeds more than in words." (St. Ignatius in the Spiritual Exercises).|Our prayer today can be:|Oh, Heart of Jesus, so sacred with love, show me your love. Let me enjoy it and be filled with it and freed by it. And then, make my heart like yours. Let me share your love, with those nearest to me and gradually with those who are farthest away and need loving the most. Let me dedicate my life, my heart, to being tender and forgiving, to accompanying and comforting, to bringing justice and unity.|Photo from the sanctuary wall of Sacred Heart Parish|in Punta Gorda, Florida|The painting is by artist, Joseph Fanelli.|Prints are available through the parish office .en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherMost Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnityen_US
dc.titleReflection for Friday, June 3, 2016: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnity.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollaborative Ministryen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorAlexander, Andrew F., S.J.en_US Timeen_US 9en_US
dc.subject.local1Genesis 14:18-20en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 110:1, 2, 3, 4en_US
dc.subject.local31 Corinthians 11:23-26en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 9:11b-17en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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