Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 2022

Rick’s Two Minute Homily for Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 06-24-2022
Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 2022
Luke 15:3-7 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/062422.cfmFather

PASSIONATE SUFFERING EQUALS A LOVE LIKE NO OTHER.

Any career calls for great passion and sacrifice. For some, that can mean years of college to get a degree. Think of the expense and hours spent on end studying into the early hours of the morning. But we do it. Consider parents who decide one of them should stay home to care for their children. They sacrifice a career and a bigger paycheck. Other parents sacrifice much of their paycheck to pay for an excellent daycare where their children are safe.

I didn’t consider it a sacrifice when I was told to move to England to complete my religious and priestly formation. For anything we are passionate about, we are willing to pay the price, whatever it may cost us. So today, we celebrate the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We don’t see a heart as we do on Valentine’s Day cards or media outlets. Instead, we see a crown of thorns reminding us of His suffering before He died on the Cross.

We also see a flame above His heart, reminding us of the passionate love He has for us while we are still sinners. We don’t have to change for Jesus to love us. We have to change from our sinful ways because He loves us. Have we lost something of our passion for Jesus and His Body, the Church? Or it may be a family member, a co-worker, or a friend in the past. Before seeking out what is lost in a relationship, allow Jesus to seek out what we lost in Him.

IGNITE THE FIRE!

Fr. Rick Pilger, IC
www.bscchurch.com

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