|The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis, Book III Chapter XV: ”How We are to Regulate Ourselves, and What We are to Say in Every Desirable Thing” (second entry)
Kempis’ disciple says these words near the end of this chapter, after disavowing worldly pleasures and gladly accepting being “despised and ignored in this world.” True rest from the cares of this passing life,and a peaceful heart come only in taking refuge in the Sacred Heart.
|Today’s Gospel reading: Mt 11:25-30
This beautiful little passage for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus first highlights the greatness of the Father. Then the Lord consoles His disciples by telling them that true rest can be found in Him. Whatever burdens they have, they will find assistance and consolation in Christ.
When we speak of the Church as the Body of Christ, we say that Jesus is the Head and the rest of us believers are the various parts. But I submit that Jesus is not only the Head, but the Heart, as well. The Solemnity we celebrate today, instituted formally by,Pope Pius IX in 1856 serves as a reminder of this comforting fact. Life’s burdens and trials can weigh us down, it is true. Jesus understands. He is there to help us shoulder the burden, of course, but we can also set it down in Him, and find peace and rest in what is most important: being close to the Lord in this life so that we can be with Him forever in the next. Remember:
For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the one that is to come.
(Find the Twelve Promises to the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque here.)