Posted by: livingscripture | June 23, 2017

SOLEMNITY OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

June 23, 2017

SOLEMNITY OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

 

 

 

WORD of the DAY

 

Merciful and gracious is the LORD,

slow to anger, abounding in mercy.

He will not always accuse,

and nurses no lasting anger;

He has not dealt with us as our sins merit,

nor requited us as our wrongs deserve.

  (Psalm 103)

How shall I live this Word

This Psalm describes God’s love that functions with very different rules than those of human love.  In the passage from the Old to the New Testaments, this love manifested itself even more radically, and in Jesus it humanized itself and took visible movement.  This solemnity celebrates the centrality of this experience: the pulsing heart animates Jesus and in it is summarized all the love of God.  Even in death, this love spread and in the Resurrection the heart began to palpitate again.  The Church does not speak of the heart of Jesus merely as a metaphor.  It thinks of a heart of flesh indissolubly bound to the body, to the person of Jesus Christ. That heart moved His body, was immolated and is risen.  The Eucharistic miracle  of Lanciano is very impressive.  A reliquary of the eighth century, analyzed more than a thousand years later, revealed itself to be part of the heart muscle.  The Eucharistic bread becomes body, becomes heart, out of love, to reach everyone.  It is a sign to remind us of how to meet and enter into the heart of Jesus.

Lord, be merciful with us.  Let Your love reach those who remain distant, to those oppressed by sin, or tempted by the demons.  Turn all hearts to You! 

The Voice of Karl Rahner

                                                                                                                  The heart represents the human being in his/her totality.  It is the original center of the human person, that which gives it unity.  The heart is the center of our being, the font of our personality, the principle motive for our attitudes and our choices; the mysterious place of God’s action.

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