The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Shalom, Dear Parishioners and Special Friends:

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Our video for today is now up and running for you on our Facebook Page.

As is the usual case, we don’t have a Liturgy of the Word for you on Fridays, but, yours truly got motivated on this special celebration to do a short reflection including reading one of the readings and sharing some thoughts from Pope Benedict.

And, following that, we have the Friday reflection on The Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Sacred Heart Window

We are called, I truly believe, to pray for revival in this world, and that would come if we all turned our hearts to Jesus, and His love for us and His call for each of us to love each other.  So let’s pray today and each day for that revival of the hearts of the world.

The readings for today are inserted below.

AND NOW TO BREAKING NEWS:

First of all, let me begin by announcing a couple of changes in our Weekday Mass and Confession schedules.  I will basically do this on a daily basis for the next few days to help avoid any confusion, but for today there are two.

Next Thursday, June 25th, the Thursday confession time will change from 5:00-6:30 to 5:00-6:00.  That is beginning next Thursday, June 25th.

Secondly, next Friday June 26th, our Mass time will change from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.  That is next Friday…not today.  The time change is already in place on the SignUp page.  Click Here to Go To the SignUp Page .

I will update you on other day time changes a week in advance so as not to confuse…I hope.

Secondly, as you may have seen, our Bishop has announced (yesterday) the beginning of Phase 3 and the reopening of Sunday Masses beginning June 28th.  As has been the case this whole time, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass will remain in place.  You can read the full decree on the Diocesan website at Click Here for the Full Phase 3 Decree .

Fr. John is currently working diligently on the plans for STA.  There are tons of factors, as you can see in the decree, that go into beginning these Masses.  So much goes into the necessity to sanitize after each Mass, for example.  And Fr. John is being very diligent about following all of the guidelines.

As soon as we have a plan regarding Mass times, I will announce it here in these emails and it will be, of course, on the website.

In the meantime, we do hope you are touched and blessed on this Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, and that we all remember our call to love the Lord and to love each other.

Blessings to all.

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Ken

Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
June 19, 2020

Reading 1

DT 7:6-11

Moses said to the people: "You are a people sacred to the LORD, your God; he has chosen you from all the nations on the face of the earth to be a people peculiarly his own.

It was not because you are the largest of all nations that the LORD set his heart on you and chose you, for you are really the smallest of all nations. It was because the LORD loved you and because of his fidelity to the oath he had sworn your fathers, that he brought you out with his strong hand from the place of slavery, and ransomed you from the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt.

Understand, then, that the LORD, your God, is God indeed, the faithful God who keeps his merciful covenant down to the thousandth generation toward those who love him and keep his commandments, but who repays with destruction a person who hates him; he does not dally with such a one, but makes them personally pay for it.

You shall therefore carefully observe the commandments, the statutes and the decrees that I enjoin on you today."

 

Responsorial Psalm

PS 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 10.

R. The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

Bless the LORD, O my soul;
all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and forget not all his benefits.

R. The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

He pardons all your iniquities,
heals all your ills.
He redeems your life from destruction,
crowns you with kindness and compassion.

R. The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
nor does he requite us according to our crimes.

R. The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.

 

Reading 2 

1 JN 4:7-16

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.

In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.

This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit. Moreover, we have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world. Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God. We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.

 

Gospel

MT 11:25-30

At that time Jesus exclaimed:

"I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones.

Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.

"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 yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."