Bishop's Blog / The Sacred Heart of Jesus

By Joseph Strickland
Friday, June 27, 2014

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As we celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ I wanted to share a brief reflection that I read this morning. 

Speaking of the fear of the Lord this author says, "True fear of the Lord is when we are not afraid but are in fear of and jaw-dropping amazement at how much God loves us."  I really liked this concept as an approach to the myster of the fear of the Lord.  It captures the idea that it is based on awe at just how much God loves us and wants us to share His life.  He loves us to the point that He gives His Son to us and His Son takes on a heart of flesh that He ultimately pours out entirely for us.  If that doesn't make us quake in our boots what does?  The quaking is probably based in the fear in our heart of what it truly is that our all loving God expects of us. 

Have a blessed Feast of the Sacred Heart and tomorrow the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.




Joseph Strickland

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland was named the fourth bishop of Tyler in September of 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. Prior to being named bishop, he served a number of roles in the diocese, including vicar general, judicial vicar, and pastor of the Cathedral parish. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1985.
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