Sacred Heart of Jesus
In this year's Gospel for the Mass of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, we hear Jesus telling his disciples (and all of us who listen to his words): "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light." (Matthew 11:28-30) The Lord's fundamental call to us is not to do anything difficult, but simply to be with him, to be in his presence and attentive to his will. "Come to me." What a joyful, grace-filled invitation from Jesus to live a life of love and union! He really wants you and me to be with him. Here is an explicit divine call to all humanity. His simple, three-word invitation is the answer to the deepest existential questions and longing of every human heart: to love and to be loved, to know and be known, by the only one who can completely fulfill this yearning. With St. Augustine we can acknowledge: "Lord, our hearts are restless until they rest in you."