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Sacred Heart

Ezekiel 34:11-16
Romans 5:5-11
Psalm 23
Luke 15:3-7

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"The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal." —Ezekiel 34:16

We human beings are made in such a way that we need to know we're loved. Without love, we can't function. We become disoriented. We get lost, stray away, and become injured.

Jesus the Good Shepherd constantly reaches out to us sheep "with bands of love" to keep us close to Him (Hos 11:4). Yet sometimes we refuse His love and wander astray. Then the devil tries to confuse us even more. He tells us God never truly loved us, and our alienation from the Lord is His fault, not ours. The devil tries to persuade us that, if God loved us, we wouldn't suffer, die, or have tragedies in our lives. He manipulates us to run away from God.

While we're running away from the Lord but blaming Him for kicking us out, Jesus the Good Shepherd continues to reach out to us, pour out His Spirit, and raise up prophets to convince us of His love (Acts 2:17). For example, in 1675, Margaret Mary Alacoque received a prophetic vision of Jesus with His heart exposed and on fire with love for us. The Spirit has spread this prophetic word throughout the world and millions have repented and let the Lord love them.

From His heart to your heart, the love of God has been poured out through the prophetic vision of the Sacred Heart (Rm 5:5).

Prayer:  Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on me. May I know that I'm loved by You always, unconditionally, and forever.

Promise:  "It is precisely in this that God proves His love for us." —Rm 5:8

Praise:  Wayne gives pictures of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to newlyweds as wedding gifts.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape Sacred Heart on audio AV 19-1 or video V-19.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 22, 2007

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