“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.” Mt. 11: 28-30
These words of Jesus are an always welcome reminder in the midst of our chaotic and busy schedules. The Church dedicates the month of June to the Sacred Heart of Christ. Tomorrow, Friday, is the special liturgical feast day in honor of the Sacred Heart. If we want to have the rest that Christ promises, we need to “learn from him.” Our lives are a constant call to make our hearts more like his. One way to do this is to reflect on some of the different aspects of what we can learn from Jesus’ heart. During this month, I will share some quick reflections on the heart of Christ that you may find helpful.
Today – magnanimity. Christ’s heart was focused on great things, on what is true, beautiful, good, excellent. He was someone who sought to bring out the best in others. Petty jealousies, resentments, anger and impatience were not to be found in Him. A lot of these bad habits begin in our hearts. While everyone has shortcomings, by focusing on the good qualities and virtues of others in our thoughts and words, we can grow in these aspects and improve our relationships with God and others.