FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
11 JUNE 2021 Friday 10
MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS
WORD of the DAY
Since it was preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the Sabbath, for the Sabbath day of that week was a solemn one, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken and they be taken down. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus and saw that 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. (Jn 19: 31-37)
How shall I live this Word?
The feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus takes us back to the story of the hour of the Cross. Jesus gave His testament to His beloved disciple, His mother. He has already cried out His loneliness by entrusting His spirit into the arms of the Father. The Roman soldiers want to speed up the operation and so they break the legs of the crucified to quicken their death. “But when they came to Jesus and saw that 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.” Thus it happens that what was supposed to be simply a verification of His death becomes a window into His Mystery. That piercing makes us look into the very Heart of Christ from which “blood and water”, symbol of the sacraments, flow. The highest gesture of Christ’s love, giving His life for each of us, continues to be visible, present, and effective in that “blood and water” that the sacraments constantly make present. Above all in the Eucharist, that wound, that Heart, that living love, continue to be present among us. We are constantly loved with a Love that is not just any love. It is a Love that gives life. Every time we approach the Eucharist, we approach a Love like this.
Heart of Jesus, fill my every moment with meaning with the certainty of your loving me regardless…
The Voice of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Poet
Those who love believe in the impossible!
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