A Scripture Passage on the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, taken from America Needs Fatima blog
(The following is excerpted from Chapter LI of the Second Part of "A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture," by Bishop Frederick Justus Knecht, D.D., published by TAN Books.)
Ten Memorable Sayings of Our Lord
X. "Come to Me all you that labour and are burdened, and I will refresh you. Take up My yoke upon you and learn of Me, because I am meek and humble of heart, [emphasis mine] and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is sweet, and My burden is light" [Matthew 11: 28-30].
14. Burdened. Either with grief or with the weight of sin.
15. Refresh you. With consolations and peace.
16. My yoke. My law of love.
"The law of Jesus is sweet and easy 1. because the purport of it is love, and loves makes all duties light and pleasant; 2. because Jesus does not merely impose duties on us, but helps us by His grace to fulfil[l] them; 3. because Jesus has gone before us, showing us an example. He Himself has done everything which He requires us to do, and that in the most perfect manner, as, for example, showing love to our enemies. His law is sweet and easy. 4. because an exceeding great reward is promised to us if we obey it, name, peace and joy of heart on earth, and inconceivable glory and happiness in heaven."
"Gentleness and humility are especially taught us by the example of our Lord Jesus. The sins contrary to these virtues are the two capital sins of anger and pride."
"Devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Our Lord Himself directs us to His Sacred Heart and invites us to imitate its virtues of love, mercy, gentleness, humility, obedience, patience, fortitude &c. The Heart of Jesus is the model of all virtues and the fountain of all grace, and must therefore be loved and adored by all who love Jesus. The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is kept on the Friday [in some places, on the Sunday] after the Octave of Corpus Christi."
Application. "Examine your conscience on the subject of gentleness; makes acts of contrition, and good resolutions."
"Happiness can only be found with Jesus. As long as you follow Him, and are obedient and innocent, you will have peace and joy of heart. But if you do what is wrong, you will feel discontented, restless and troubled. Keep, therefore, away from sin; it will make you very unhappy."
May the Heart of Jesus be praised, adored, and loved, with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, now, and until the end of time. Amen.