HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS YEAR A.
THEME: You have hidden these things from the wise and revealed them to little children.
BY: Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
1 John 4:7-16
Good morning dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we celebrate the feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Year A.
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
The image of God in today’s first reading from the prophet Ezekiel is of a shepherd who cares deeply for his flock. The shepherd says of his flock, ‘I will look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong. I shall watch over the fat and healthy’. That image of God as a caring shepherd continues into today’s responsorial psalm, one of the most often prayed and sung of all the psalms, ‘The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want’.
*FROM OUR SECOND READING*
One of the shortest and yet most profound statements about God is to be found in today’s second reading, ‘God is love’. Much has been spoken and written about God since that statement was made nearly two thousand years ago. Yet, everything that could be said or written about God only serves to open up the depths of that statement, ‘God is love’.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
In the gospel reading, Jesus declares that no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one know the Father except the Son. It is only Jesus who knows God which is why, as Jesus says in the gospel reading, he can reveal God to those whom he chooses. It is Jesus who reveals God to be Love. The heart of Jesus is the heart of God, which is a heart of love. In celebrating the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we are celebrating Jesus as the one who reveals God’s heart, God’s core, to be Love.
The invitation that Jesus issues in today’s gospel comes straight from his heart, straight from the loving heart of God, ‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest’. It is an invitation that has brought consolation to believers down the centuries. It is God’s loving heart in Jesus calling out to our heart to come. Before Jesus asks us to do anything, he first invites us to come to him. If we respond to his invitation, we will experience what he calls his rest, or his peace, a peace the world cannot give, and we will discover that whatever burdens we carry are not as heavy as they once seemed.
Your Word is indeed my strength oh Lord our God. May you all have a Blessed Feast of the Most Sacred of Jesus.
Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA.
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