Morning Spiritual Recipe: Fada OmenukoJesus in “Living the Word”
Friday 16th June, 2023(Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
1 John 4:7-16
Theme: The Heart that Feels and Loves!
The heart is the seat of emotions. The heart is a very important aspect of a human person; it is the physical locus of feelings, emotions, and spirituality. From the heart comes good and evil, and this is why Jesus had said that it is not what goes into a man that defies him, but what comes out of him. A special quality with which the heart is linked and known for is love. One can pretend and deceive with facial and physical expressions, but the heart knows what it feels and never lies. Jesus opened his heart for us so that we could experience the love of the Father lavished upon us through him. This is symbolised in the lance that opened his side from whence gushed forth blood and water. We were told a story, when we were kids, of a heart competition represented by male and female, young and old. The heart of the children were opened only to be discovered sweets(that was their own problem and desire); the heart of the young boys and girls were discovered desire for makeups, money, good clothes, fashion, etc. Some others were smooth and had nothing in their hearts and were believed to be the best until a man whose heart had bruises, blood, and wrinkles appeared. People laughed at him as having the worst heart, but he told them that the bruises and blood they see are cares, worries, and pains of others he carried. This was what Jesus did and does for us, and so invites us in the gospel today to come to him with our burdens, and we will find rest and to take his yoke, which is light. We know the story of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus propagated by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. As she continued asking her parish priest to help her spread the devotion to the sacred heart for which Jesus was appearing to her, the parish priest asked her to ask Jesus his major sin, and upon asking, Jesus told Margaret to tell him that he doesn’t remember nor count his sins, in as much as they have been confessed; he looks more on the efforts. Hence, the priest accepted the devotion, and it began to spread. Let us pray and ask God today to inflame our hearts with the fire of his love so that we can love God and humanity as he loves us.
Good morning, and have a wonderful weekend ahead.
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