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All ye who seek a comfort sure In trouble and distress, Whatever sorrows vex the mind, Or guilt the soul oppress,
Jesus, who gave Himself for you Upon the cross to die, Opens to you His sacred heart; O to that heart draw nigh.
Ye hear how kindly He invites; Ye hear His words so blest; “All ye that labour come to me, And I will give you rest.” 
New English Hymnal 

I would like you to think with me what celebrating a feast called Sacred Heart can mean for us here at Christ the King resting in the heart of the people of God. Today you welcome here  a new leader into your midst. I wonder is we can we seek and live in a heart to heart relationship with each other and all. The heart is central to our physical well-being, and when it isn’t right, trouble could be around the corner. One hymn says “O Dearest Lord, they sacred heart, with spear was pierced for me, O pour thy spirit in my heart that I may live for thee.”

My baptism into this community has included the news of the death of Jenny Cooper, beloved by you all, and a special part of the lives of Julia and Frances. Then the email that set out upcoming baptisms and weddings. The heart began to pump hard. Rita had an accident, John has been ill. Our hearts are thus moved with compassion.

I hesitate to share the following so I will in the heart to heart platform as given by the once Anglican and now RC Saint, St John Henry Newman. In the midst of day one, in the midst of boxes and scattered furniture, I saw my arrival in greater Surrey, via an ambulance as I fell and ended up for my first night in the spotless and efficient East Surrey Hospital. In the morning waiting for my friend to pick me up, I came to the realisation that the hearts of a truly international, ecumenical world was right here passing by me at the main entrance where I stopped for a soothing M/S Chocolate, there I saw dozens of people, staff and patients alike pass before me. I wanted to reach out to them, and heart to heart, explain to them that in just minutes via the 100 bus they, we, could be leaving our heartfelt needs at the lovely Christ the King Church where the altar awaits our cries of sorrows and joys. I encountered a fine Anglican chaplain, a delightful young man and was given communion by a Syriac orthodox priest that I would love to have come and tell of his ministry. Encountering hearts of all shapes and sizes, that was what comes to grip with at a hospital as well presented as East Surrey. Bless them all and they do so much for us, truly people of the heart!

My heart was sad with some of what I saw, I wish I could have stopped them all to tell them Christ bids all and every one to come to him, through Christians as we are, as a community of believers. We are here for the other!

Prayer is a sincere call for help. We all have been there, and we live day by day to see Christ more clearly,and follow him nearly, love him more dearly, day by day words of St Richard of Chichester.  I so wanted to be like Jesus himself and say to nurses and elderly and all sorts and conditions of men and women, young and old, we care. We sit here surrounded by helpers, Our Lady of the Wayside, Walsingham, St Joseph, St Michael, and soon to be revealed St Nicholas. Who can inspire and help us spring into action. May God in Christ show us the way to open the doors of our hearts to people we bring along with us, to share encounter and bring new life.

The Sacred Heart feast  is a celebration of the people, as Christ shows his care and salvation, so through a veneration of that organ in our bodies we are allowed to have a share in his sacred heart of love.
A hymn says:
There is a place of quiet rest,
Near to the heart of God;
A place where sin cannot molest,
Near to the heart of God.
O Jesus, blest Redeemer,
Sent from the heart of God;
Hold us, who wait before Thee,
Near to the heart of God.
Sacred Heart of Jesus
Pray for us
The Hymn at Mass
To Jesus' Heart, all burning
With fervent love for men,
My heart with fondest yearning
Shall raise its joyful strain.
While ages course along,
Blest be with the loudest song
The Sacred Heart of Jesus
By ev'ry heart and tongue!

Too true I have forsaken
Thy love by wilful sin;
Yet now let me be taken
Back by Thy grace again.

As Thou art meek and lowly,
And ever pure of heart,
So may my heart be wholly
Of Thine the counterpart,

O that to me were given
The pinions of a dove,
I'd speed aloft to heaven,
My Jesus' love to prove.

When life away is flying,
And earth's false glare is done;
Still, Sacred heart, in dying
I'll say I'm all Thine own.

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