PARAÑAQUE City, June 4, 2016 – A priest reminded the faithful gathered at the Cathedral parish of St. Andrew in Parañaque City Friday, June 3, that the Sacred Heart of Jesus, whose feast the Church celebrated, continues to communicate to them despite their shortcomings.
“Love is the first thing that comes to mind whenever we encounter the word heart, and this is what the Sacred Heart of Jesus is all about: love,” said Fr. Tommy Gawain M. Lira, Jr. in his homily.
Expounding on the the day’s Gospel reading, Lk 15:3-7, the priest stressed that being love itself, the Sacred Heart is patient and never tires of waiting for that one black sheep that strayed from that path of the 99 others.
“God is patient. He will wait until the black sheep that left its flock is found. … And because He knows us personally and infinitely despite our disobedience and defiance, He is patient with us. He is true to us. He is faithful to us,” Lira explained.
According to the priest, there is nothing that gives God more joy than for a person to turn his back on sin, and choose to mend his ways.
Part of Lk 15:3-7 reads: “’Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.” (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)