Friday, June 23

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Heartfelt communication

When a businessman turned 40, he began to realize he wasn’t really a self-made man, and he sought out his third-grade teacher to thank her for all she’d meant to him. She strained her aging eyes as he approached her in the nursing home, but recognition dawned along with a huge smile. “I’ve kept you in my heart all these years,” she told him. He knew just what she meant. The heart is the symbol of the inner life of a person. Jesus is often depicted with a heart on fire with love—for us! The fire in his heart can become the fire in our own. What’s in your heart today? Is there room for love?

Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 7:6-11; 1 John 4:7-16; Matthew 11:25-30 (170).
“Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”