Praying for the Lost Sheep (June 24)
Handout or Bulletin Insert.
Description: This handout invites readers to think of how deeply the Good Shepherd grieves in his heart when one of his lambs wanders off and gets lost. His sacred heart burns with love for them. Now think of the lost ones in your family and others you care about who have wandered off. As much as you wish they’d find Jesus and come back to the church family, Jesus desires it far more. He’s not waiting for them to find him; he’s going after them! In the Gospel for the Mass on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Luke 15:3-7 shows how wonderful he feels when he carries them back on his shoulders. The weight of the cross was heavy and cruel, but this weight of carrying his beloved back into the fold is delightful, because it’s the victory side of the cross.
Ideas for use: Bulletin insert for the Sunday prior to the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, parents of adult children who left the Church, faith sharing groups, RCIA class discussion on St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (Oct. 16), etc.
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