Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The Sacred Heart of Jesus
Today, as we celebrate the feast of the Sacred Heart, let’s rejoice in the love, mercy, and intimacy that flow from it. Let’s listen for the cry that sounds from the depths of Jesus’ pierced heart:
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). Come and lay down your sorrows. Let me hold you and comfort you. All those things in your life that are too hard, let me carry them for you. When you don’t know how to love, forgive, get past the anger, let me help you. Come and tell me about your worries and challenges, your hopes and dreams. Come and let me fill your heart to overflowing. I promise I will give you rest.
St. Bernadette of Lourdes heard that appeal and replied: If I am tired, even if I am exhausted, I can rest in the heart of Jesus. Jesus, I am tired—tired of plodding on the same treadmill every day, tired of working so hard to serve you and others, tired of yielding to temptation yet again. Thank you that I can rest in your mercy and forgiveness!
St. Frances Cabrini answered Jesus’ cry this way: I would become weak . . . if I were to be without the sleep of prayer . . . in the heart of my beloved Jesus. Sorrow smolders in my heart, Jesus. Worry saps my strength. I want to follow you, but the obstacles discourage me. Thank you that I can lay my head, and my anxieties, on your breast. Strengthen me, Lord, as I rest in you today. Jesus told St. Margaret Mary Alacoque: My heart is so inflamed with love for you. Jesus, sometimes I don’t trust your love. It is so easy for me to focus only on my sins and think that they are the only things that inflame your heart—inflame it to anger or condemnation. So I come longing for relief from the sting of guilt, and to know your love more intimately.
“I want to set down the burdens I carry, Jesus, and step back from the busyness of today. I want to drink of your living water. I want to know you and the Father, and to remain in you always. And so, Jesus, I come to rest.”
Deuteronomy 7:6-11; Psalm 103:1-4,6-8,10; 1 John 4:7-16
Jesus... i am tired :(
today's word from here.