SACRED HEART OF JESUS C Lectionary #172
The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart is a celebration of divine love expressed in the incarnate person of Jesus. That divine love in human form is a call to each of us to be touched and transformed by this love. Devotion to the Sacred Heat developed in the Middle Ages and became so strong that it evoked several papal encyclicals in support and explanation of this devotion. Beginning as a special devotion in a French seminary, a liturgical celebration of the Sacred Heart spread in the eighteenth century through France and other European nations, and it became a feast in the universal calendar in 1856.

Ezekiel 34:11–16. Evoking imagery from Psalm 23 and the promise of an ideal shepherd-king, the prophet presents God as the one who will replace the wicked shepherds and will rule the people directly, bringing them together from exile and leading them to good pasture.

Psalm of the Day: Ps. (22) 23
The familiar “good shepherd” psalm proclaims faith in God, who shepherds us through all of life's trials.

El Señor Es Mi Pastor (Florián) Cantos 55
El Señor Es Mi Pastor (Rosas) FYC 185/GP 181
El Señor Es Mi Pastor (Rubalcava) Cantos 54
El Señor Es Mi Pastor (Taulé) FYC 184
El Señor Es Mi Pastor (Terry) FYC 183
My Shepherd Is the Lord (Gelineau) WOR 32/CBW 606/GC 30/GC2 24/WC 391/RS 45
Nada Me Falta (Peña) Cantos 57/GC 33/RS 46
Shepherd Me, O God (Haugen) GC 31/GC2 23/MI-BB/PCY2 9/WC 393/RS 756
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Alstott) JS 128
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Colopy) WC 392
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Cooney) GP 179/MI-BB/SP3 18
The Lord Is My Shepherd (della Picca) PC2 28/WC 218
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Foley) PCY7 8
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Gustafson) GP 178
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Harris) SMM3 42
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Janco) PRM A51/WS
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Kreutz) MI-BB/PSC 36
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Marshall) SO 58
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Proulx/Black) CBW 53, 211
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Proulx/Gelineau) WOR 842
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Roberts) LMGM 544
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Sensmeier) GC 32/RS 44
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Smith) GP 180/MI-BB/SP4 6
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Somerville) CBW 607
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Wood/Black) CBW 158
You Are My Shepherd, Lord (Krisman) PAS 12

Romans 5:5b–11. Paul connects the outpouring of divine life with the blood of Christ shed on the cross, bringing reconciliation.

Luke 15:3–7. Luke uses the image of the shepherd finding lost sheep to illustrate God's intense love for sinners who repent.

Songs for the Liturgy
A Spendthrift Lover Is the Lord WOR 597
All You Who Seek a Comfort Sure (G) CH 503/WOR 490*
Beautiful Savior GP 669/JS 859/WC 996
God Is Love (Haas) GC 629/GC2 608/RS 744
God Is Love (Rees/Abbot's Leigh) JS 749
God of Love (Schutte) GP 647
He Came Down GC 370/GC2 364/RS 519
Heart of Christ WC 997
Heart of Jesus JS 476
I Cannot Tell It All GP 390
Jesu, Joy of Our Desiring JS 669/LMGM 269
Jesus, the Very Thought of You JS 474/WC 1002
Joyfully Singing GC 548/RS 682
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (2) CH 454/GC 622/GC2 613/GP 640/JS 746/RS 743/WC 832/WOR 588
Love Is His Word RS 750/WC 634
Near to the Heart of God LMGM 151
No Greater Love GC 628/GC2 607/GP 362/RS 753
O Sacred Heart All Holy CH 511
Our God Is Rich in Love (1) GC 652/GC2 620
Rock of Ages (G) LMGM 51
Tell Jesus All LMGM 176
There's a Wideness in God's Mercy CH 535/GC 626/GC2 603/GP 639/JS 748/RS 742/WC 682/WOR 596
To Christ the Prince of Peace (G) CH 526/WOR 491*
What Wondrous Love Is This CH 530/GC 627/GC2 614/GP 642/JS 755/RS 749/WC 732/WOR 600

* This hymn is an English translation of a traditional hymn for the liturgy of the hours on this solemnity.