Deuteronomy 7:6-11; Psalm 102(103):1-4,6-8,10; 1 John 4:7-16; Matthew 11:25-30
Devotion to the Sacred Heart, encouraged by mediaeval mystics and promoted by St Gertrude, St Margaret Mary Alacoque, St John Eudes and others, represents a devotion to Jesus in his human nature, in particular referring to the heart as the seat of the emotions. The sacred heart of Jesus has been frequently represented in liturgical imagery - if you have one to hand, meditate on the image for a while today. Let Jesus' love enfold you.
Matthew 11 (Todays Gospel) is a most encouraging one and reveals just how generous is Gods Love. Despite all the difficulty and shear hard work of daily life - Jesus asks us to come to him, for his yoke is easy and His burden is light. Indeed - so light that it lifts our burdens, and Jesus carries them to the cross. The vision of the sacred heart reminds us of this.
The 'Yoke' might been seen to mean the burden of the Laws of Moses - which could be over applied, so that for one example, Jesus had to tell us that the Sabbath is made for the man, not man for the Sabbath. Jesus' yoke of laws, is set upon us by the spirit living within us - this is how we know, innately, when we have done wrong. The Spirit, being alive in our hearts, lifts us away from any temptation.