Friday 19 June 2020

About Today Readings

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Deuteronomy 7:6-11. The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him – Psalm 102(103):1-4, 6-8, 10. 1 John 4:7-16. Matthew 11:25-30.

Israel, the chosen people

The readings today touch the core of our own hearts. God’s heart is ‘gentle and humble,’ and there we will find rest for our souls. St Augustine said his heart was restless until it rested in God. Our hearts find rest in love. John’s letter tells us ‘Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.’ Today’s feast celebrates God’s love in us which challenges us to love in return. God chose tiny Israel as his people. So, a need to love in return seeped into the hearts of that people. Moses urged his people to ‘take care to follow the commands, decrees and laws I give you today.’ John’s letter has the same message: ‘Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.’ Indeed, may our hearts find deep rest through love, in God.

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