My dear parishioners and friends of our parish community: Praised be Jesus Christ! Now and forever!
The last two weeks’ Gospel readings according to Saint Matthew have focused on the reasons why the Lord Jesus came among us, to save the sinner and to call those same sinners into discipleship.
This week, the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Lord tells His disciples and us that this road of salvation and discipleship will not be an easy one. We will be faced with hardships. In a society that often values the accumulation of wealth above all else, it’s simply hard to say “no” to that mentality and live as good stewards of all of God’s gifts.
We often suffer inner divisions. Others fail to recognize the value Christians place on love of neighbor above all else. Even in the midst of hardship, Saint Paul reminds us that the grace of God and the gracious gift that Is Jesus Christ will overflow for all of us. Let today’s scriptures both challenge us and offer us hope and grace. Think about one way that embracing the Christian life has caused YOU hardship. Ask the Lord to strengthen you today.
We continue our catechesis on the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus during this month of June. It seems our society is moving away from Jesus. Jesus came into this world to give us life, but we refuse it. Millions are practically living as pagans regardless of their Christian denomination.
In our Catholic Church, we are lukewarm; acting like spoiled children who were given many good things and favors, but seemingly forgetting these great and wonderful gifts. How many times Catholics forget that in addition to the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation we are endowed with graces through the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Penance, as well as through the Scriptures, devotion to the Blessed Mother and the intercession of the Saints?
The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus tells us: remember the precious gift of love Almighty God shows you through His Son. Open your heart and be aware of your dignity and how much Jesus Christ loves you! Open your heart to the Sacred Heart in His word and Sacraments in a very spiritual climate of faith, silence, and prayer. Seek to renew your awe at the presence of the Lord Jesus working in your life and desire to experience the sweet taste of spirituality once again.
Relating ourselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is not an individualistic devotion. It shows us Jesus’ incarnate love, expressed in His Heart enabling us to love better our family, the community, the sick and troubled and all who are living lives far from God. We entrust all of these to the Sacred Heart of Jesus today.
Jesus, showing Himself with a wounded heart, is the one that all will look upon (St. John 19:37). If today, your local church is suffering from a decrease in vocations, the cause is the decrease of love within our communities and families in the Eucharist. If Jesus, whose redemptive love we celebrate in the Eucharist, would be better known, loved, celebrated and glorified, it would never fail that generous persons would entrust themselves totally to Him in priestly and religious life. The real problem for the Church and the world is the lack of love. Devotion to the Sacred Heart is the remedy.
A pleasant summer Sunday to all!
My Redeemer Lives – Team Hoyt
Incredible video about the relationship between a father and son…. and God’s relationship with us.http://godtube.com/flvplayer.swf