Personal Concern of the Heart of Jesus
“And once again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat. So he called his disciples to him and said to them, ‘I feel sorry for all these people; they have been with me for three days now and have nothing to eat. If I send them off home hungry they will collapse on the way; some have come a great distance’ … He asked them, ‘How many loaves have you?’ ‘Seven,’ they said. Then he instructed the crowd to sit down on the ground and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute… They had a few small fish as well… They ate as much as they wanted, and they collected seven basketfuls of scraps left over. Now there had been about four thousand people.” (Mk 8:1-10)
We can be certain of this: the Heart of Jesus will not refuse anything he can give. He is personally interested in each one of his people. Their needs are his concern. If his people are hungry, he wants to feed them; if they are thirsty, he wants to give them a drink; if they lack shelter, he will provide a place for them. He wants to feed us with his word, his truth, his very own body and blood. Especially those with spiritual needs he is most anxious to help. Blessed are those that thirst after justice, they shall be filled. He does not consider the cost to himself. His whole concern is for those who follow him. From his heart he says that he feels sorry for the people who are like a flock without a shepherd; he wants to shepherd his people with love. He did not hesitate to multiply loaves and fish so that his people would not collapse on the way; he did not hesitate to turn water into wine to help a young couple avoid embarrassment. He listened to Martha’s concerns about the daily chores; he encouraged Mary to seek the better part. He protected the woman caught in adultery; he told the pharisees that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath allowing his disciples to gather food to eat. “Love does not come to an end…”
We praise you, Lord Jesus, for the love which you care for each one of us. We praise you for the love of your Heart that gives us life and forgiveness, that gives us your own body and blood to be our food and drink. We thank you for being so close to your people, for encouraging them to come to you because you are meek and humble of Heart, because you have care for their souls. We thank you for joining us with your very own body; for loving us personally with your own human Heart. We thank you for that personal concern you show us, for taking us by the hand and leading us to the Father. Sacred Heart of Jesus, we praise you for the many times your love and forgiveness have manifested themselves in our lives. When we were still sinners you called us. You call each by name; we praise you. We will proclaim your love to all our brothers.