01 Jul 1 John 4:16 (Sacred Heart)
“God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.” 1 John 4:16 (full readings)
Steve’s Reflections: The ancient devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and His wounds goes back to the 11th century, but took it’s modern form following three visions of our Lord to St. Margaret Mary of Alacoque in 1675. In the final vision, our Lord asked that a special feast be celebrated the Friday following the Feast of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ). The image of the Sacred Heart is an image of God’s love for all people – even those who do not love Him and show ingratitude for His passion/death. Often when faced with discouragement or an especially challenging situation, I pray that I may be hidden in Christ; hidden in His precious wounds. I find solace in the truth that I am “in Christ.” In today’s Gospel, Christ invites all who are “labored and burdened” to find rest in His “meek and humble” Sacred Heart.
Faith Challenge: When burdened by life’s worries, do you find your rest in Jesus or something else?
Sr. Francelle’s Devotion: Choose to LIVE!
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, LIFE Runners, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now. >
Feast Day: Blessed Junipero Sera (d. 1784)
Faith Quote: “One cannot love without suffering. He [Jesus] showed us this very clearly upon the cross, where He was consumed for love of us.” ~ St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (23% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize:Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.