Posted by: livingscripture | June 12, 2015

SOLEMNITY OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

From the Word of the Day

“But when they came to Jesus and saw the he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out.”

(John 19: 33)

How should we live this WordSacred heart

 The feast of the Heart of Jesus reveals to us that there is love at the center of Christian life and faith, the unconditional and total love of God revealed on the Cross of Christ.  It is a mysterious love that faces death in order to save humankind.

The gesture of the unnamed soldier who pierces the side of the dead Jesus and from which flow blood and water, we see summarized His sacrifice.  In the blood and water we see symbolized and marvelously expressed the fundamental sacraments for our Christian life:  Baptism with its purifying water, and the Eucharist with the food and drink that nourish us.

The new life of the Christian flows from the very Heart of Jesus.  It is a Heart that has so loved us that it has reconciled us with the Father and has made us brothers and sisters.  This is what Jesus told St. Margaret Mary Alacoque when He appeared to her.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will strive to show Jesus my immense gratitude, giving Him the love that immerses me in the splendor of God’s holiness and is lived in charity toward others.

Lord, make my heart like Yours and help me to draw joyfully from the fonts of salvation.

 The Voice of Roman Missal – Opening Prayer of the Solemnity

Father of infinite goodness and tenderness who never tires of sustaining Your children and nourishing us with Your hand, grant that we may draw from the Heart of Christ pierced on the Cross, the sublime knowledge of Your Love so that reinforced by the strength of the Spirit, we may bring the riches of redemption to the world.

 

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