SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS
-from Pope Francis’ Homily for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Friday, June 3, 2016
The Heart of the Good Shepherd is not only the heart that shows us mercy, but is itself mercy. There the Father’s love shines forth; there I know I am welcomed and understood as I am; there, with all my sins and limitations, I know the certainty that I am chosen and loved. Contemplating that heart, I renew my first love: the memory of that time when the Lord touched my soul and called me to follow him; the memory of joy of having cast the nets of our life upon the sea of this world. The Heart of the Good Shepherd tells us that his love is limitless; it is never exhausted and it never gives up. There we see infinite and boundless self-giving; there we find the source of that faithful and meek love which sets free; there we constantly discover anew that Jesus loves us even to the end. (John 13.1) – without ever being imposing.