June 12, 2015

Sacred Heart

June 12, 2015:  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

  • 'Sacred Heart of Jesus' pin self-explanatory :-); close-up
  • 'Girl with heart' pin, 'hearts' tie and suspenders:  My heart is overwhelmed, my pity stirred (1st reading)
  • 'Blood drop' pin; red, blue, and white shirt:  Blood and water flowed out of Jesus' side (gospel); with joy you'll draw water at the fountain of salvation (canticle); color of the Sacred Heart celebration
  • 'Kneeling person' tie bar:  I kneel before the Father...  (2nd reading)
  • 'Ruler' tie bar:  May you have strength to comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth (2nd reading)
  • 'Skeleton' tie pin (disregard the decapitation):  "Not a bone will be broken" (gospel)
Listen

  • Be not afraid/ Dufford (1st reading, for "if you walk amid the burning flames...")
For the canticle
For 2nd reading
  • More, based on last year's Sacred Heart readings
  • Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9  Lord:  When Israel was a child I loved and called him.  I taught Ephraim to walk, took them in my arms, drew them with bands of love; fostered them like one who raises an infant; but they didn't know I was their healer.  I won't vent my anger, for I'm God, not man, the Holy One among you.
  • Is 12:2-6  "You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation."  God is my savior, strength, and courage; I'm confident.  Thank, praise, and acclaim the Lord; make known his glorious deeds.  Great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel!
Animate

  • Eph 3:8-12, 14-19  To me grace was given to preach Christ's riches, bring God's plan to light, and make God's wisdom known, according to the purpose God accomplished in Christ our Lord.  So I kneel before the Father, that he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in you through faith; that you, grounded in love, may know Christ's surpassing love and be filled with God's fullness.
  • Jn 19:31-37  The Jews asked that the legs of those crucified be broken, so soldiers came and broke the legs of the two crucified with Jesus.  But when they saw Jesus was already dead, they didn't break his, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and blood and water flowed out....
Reflect
  • Creighton:  “To love God is to let God love you.”  Today's celebration articulates the Love God has for us in Jesus Christ; it calls us to discover God as source of all love.  God is love, so whatever God does is all about love.  Love is the center of how we relate to God and God relates to us.  In honoring the Heart of Jesus we praise God, source of love, and Jesus’ giving of himself for us; it's a reminder of the centerpiece of the virtue intertwined in all events of our lives:  love.
  • One Bread One Body:  "The miracle of true love":  Blood and water flowed from Jesus' side; blood for the Eucharist, water for Baptism and eternal life.  Jesus gave us himself and eternal life right after we helped torture and kill him, showing us his love.  Lord, help me love those who don't love me or even hurt me, forgiving them and giving to them, as you lead.
    S. Cordis Iesu/ Severen
  • Passionist:  The story of today's feast began in 1673 when a nun in France, Margaret Mary Alacoque, had visions of Jesus, his heart on fire symbolizing his love for us; Jesus asked her to be his Sacred Heart apostle.  Hosea speaks of God as loving his children, drawing them to himself with bands of love, raising them to his cheeks, and stooping to feed them; the skipped verses describe say they abandoned him.  God expresses his hurt and pity and promises to curb his anger.  God’s love won't save us from consequences of rejecting it, but we can count on God to forgive us if we turn back.  Paul is overwhelmed with God's mercy and prays Christ may dwell in us through faith, so we'll be filled with Christ's love.  The blood of Jesus we drink and the waters of Baptism unite us to the new life that Jesus gives.
  • DailyScripture.net:  The soldiers' piercing Jesus' heart fulfilled "when they look on him they pierced, they'll mourn for him."  Jesus' heart was pierced for our sake; he laid down his life as the sacrifice for our sins.  To understand God’s love for us, look upon the heart pierced for us.  True love gives everything for the beloved.  God proved his love by sending us his Son who gave everything he had.  “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us to love....  In the cross we see God's love broken and pierced for our sake. ” (St. Augustine)  Only a broken, contrite heart can fathom God's love....
    • The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus:  Devotion to the Sacred Heart, encouraged by mystics and promoted by saints Gertrude, Margaret Mary Alacoque, John Eudes and others, is devotion to Jesus in his human nature, in particular referring to the heart as seat of emotions.   See Wikipedia.
    • St. Onuphrius, hermit