Message from Fr. Charles…

This week we begin the Month of June. The Month of June is entirely dedicated to the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

On Friday, June 7, 2024, the Church will celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Annually this Solemnity is placed on the Liturgical Calendar on the Friday after the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.

The purpose of this devotion is to wake us all up as to how much Jesus loves us and is hurt by our daily indifference to Him and to His great sacrifice for us in His Passion.  Day after day He pines for us to visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament at our Church especially in this Year dedicated to the Eucharistic revival and pour out our hearts to him in love.

Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary in 1673 and told her the following “Behold this Heart which has loved men so much, and yet men do not want to love Me in return.  Through you My divine Heart wishes to spread its love everywhere on earth”.

And so that rings the question in our minds:  What does the love of Jesus require?  John 14:15 says the following: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments”.

Jesus also left us two additional commandments that sum up the other ten: “To love God with our whole heart, soul, and mind,” and “to love our neighbor as ourselves”.

As Christ opened His heart so too must we.  Imitate His love. Receive such unmerited love.  God loves us. Show his love to others by your charity for them who may be family, community and coworkers.  As Jesus did during His earthly ministry so too let us practice charity in all its forms.  Devotion to Sacred Heart reminds us that Charity is the Supreme Law of Christ.

Loving service comes with some costs because to open our hearts often means to be open to piercing, to wounding, to keep one’s gaze outward rather than inward.  The Heart of Jesus was pierced so that the life and love could pour out. Am I willing to be pierced, open like the heart of Jesus, so that love and forgiveness can be my natural response?

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus can help us to know not only the “breath, depth, length and height of Christ’s love (Ephesians 3:18)” but most importantly, that we are loved by God in Jesus Christ.

Let us notice all signs of God’s love in action around us in different people and let us be that love in action as we go out of ourselves in gratitude, joy and encounter especially in our phase of “Invite one back”. That’s one way of our love of Christ.

For sure we can never outmatch God in love.  He loved us first, we must reciprocate with total love for him by following his commands, and the teachings of His Son and His Church.

“Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you”

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