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The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Why do we speak about the heart of Jesus? In Jewish teaching, the heart is considered the center of a person’s being, not merely the center of emotions. This center of being also includes the will and helps a person make choices. Jesus’ heart encapsulates all that he wants to do and be—a savior who will lay down his life for his sheep.

In the readings for this solemnity, we focus on the image of sheep and shepherd. In the First Reading from Ezekiel, God promises to shepherd his flock. In the Gospel, Jesus speaks about finding the lost sheep. Jesus’ Sacred Heart, his very being, wants to reconcile every person to himself and offer his life for us. Through Jesus, we receive reconciliation.

The piercing of Jesus’ heart on the Cross is another image of today’s feast. In the blood and water that flow out, the Church sees the Sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist. These sacraments emphasize the choice that Jesus makes to lay down his life for his sheep. Our hearts should be like that of Jesus—ready to give of ourselves for our brothers and sisters.

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