June 28, 2019
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
A Shepherd Defined
The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal...
On this feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I think it would be fair to say that, from a purely human perspective, the heart of Jesus shows evidence of boundary issues. Clearly, his tender heart seems to have no borders, no gates, no dividing lines that separate "him" and "us," that mark the lines between the desired and the unwanted, the guest and the stranger, the whole and the broken. Accustomed to measuring sticks and devices that calculate worth, we might wonder: Is no one excluded from this heart? Can just anyone be welcomed into this divine spaciousness?
The answer is a resounding, emphatic yes! This is a holy heart that leads, gathers, tends and pastures. This is a heart brimming over with longing for us, for all. No exceptions.
- Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, I.H.M.
Ezekiel 34:11-16|Psalm 23:1-6|Romans 5:5-11|Luke 15:3-7