HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS
THEME: The heart that beats LOVE!
BY: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)
HOMILY FOR FRIDAY JUNE 24 2022
Ezek. 34:11-16; Ps. 23; Rom. 5:5-11; Luke 15:3-7
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was highly encouraged by mediaeval mystics; and particularly promoted by St Gertrude, St Margaret Mary Alacoque, St John Eudes and many others. This devotion is to Jesus in his human nature, since the heart is seen as the seat of the emotions. Why does it hurt so much when we’re heart broken? It’s because that part of our humanity is capable of the most love. Yes! Love makes us vulnerable, and one who loves most dearly is most likely to feel the most pain when hurt. But this shouldn’t stop us from loving.
Friends, in prophet Ezekiel, we understand first hand, the kind of love that God has for his people; he would never abandon his flock; he would gently guide them, watch over them, and protect them. Jesus himself expressed this love of God when he died for us while we were still sinners. By that singular action, he showed us that love must be shown even to the least deserving. Why else would the Shepherd abandon ninety nine sheep just to bring back one that was lost? We are so privileged today that the Lord is our Shepherd. We shall never want. Hearts that are broken and cold must come back to Jesus. He knows just how to fix them!
Good morning dear. God bless your weekend ahead.