Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Feast Day: June 16, 2023
The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated by Catholics to remember Jesus Christ’s tremendous love for all of humanity.
The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated 19 days after Pentecost, which always falls on a Friday.
Mass readings for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
2022 is Year C.
Mass readings for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus for Year A:
- First reading – Deuteronomy 7:6-11: “It was not because you are the largest of all nations that the LORD set his heart on you and chose you”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 103: “The Lord’s kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.”
- Second reading – 1 John 4:7-16: “Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.”
- Gospel – Matthew 11:25-30: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart”
Mass readings for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus for Year B:
- First reading – Hosea 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9: “My heart is overwhelmed, my pity is stirred.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6: “You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.”
- Second reading – Ephesians 3:8-12, 14-19: “and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength”
- Gospel – John 19:31-37: “but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out.”
Mass readings for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus for Year C:
- First reading – Ezekiel 34:11-16: “The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.”
- Second reading – Romans 5:5b-11: “But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”
- Gospel – Luke 15:3-7: “there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance”
When Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, he promise several graces to those who practiced the First Friday devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Deep down, what we all need to know more than anything, is that we are loved. It is what our hearts seek. Sometimes it seems like if we really, truly, 100% believed that God loved us, we would not sin. We would be so secure in that love that nothing else would drive us. But we are flawed and we often falter and doubt.
This article by Sr. Theresa Marie Nguyen, O.P. explains that devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus ties in with religious freedom. We must love with our whole selves.