June 11, 2021

Jesus' Sacred Heart

June 11, 2021:  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

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  • 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!
  • 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....
Contemporary "Sacred Heart of Jesus" gallery, Whatley-heavy
  • Creighton:  Today's readings are filled with aspects of parental love and care. In the gospel, the two criminals' legs were broken so they couldn't support their bodies.  They saw Jesus had given up his spirit; John saw it as fulfilling two prophecies:  the lance thrust upward into Jesus' side of Jesus, blood and water flowing out as a sign of the finality of Jesus' love.  Jesus' Heart embarrasses logic and definition....
  • One Bread, One Body:  "Unimaginable love":  God’s Word promises that by his grace we can experience Christ’s love:  impossible for us but not God.  We can't imagine the fullness of Christ’s love, but he'll do in us more than we can imagine. Jesus has given us an experience of his love through the vision of the Sacred Heart.  No one had thought of a picture with the heart outside the body, but the Sacred Heart communicates  God's tender, healing, personal love for us.  The vision is one of the most confirmed, powerful, and life-changing prophecies in Church history.  Let the Lord show His love as you’ve never imagined possible.
  • Passionist:  Jesus' Sacred Heart represents God’s love for us.  Merriam-Webster defines love as “a feeling of strong or constant affection,” but Thomas Aquinas says love is more than a feeling:  “To love is to will the good of the other.”  Love is an act of the will, however you feel.  This is how God loves us and how we are to love one another.  We recognize love when we see it.  In the 1st reading, God called the Israelites out of Egypt.  The Lord compares the Israelites to a child he taught to walk, fed, and protected.  The Lord says, my heart is overwhelmed, my pity stirred.  Despite their failings, God loved them.  In the 2nd reading, Paul prays for the love of the Father, strength of the Spirit, and indwelling of Jesus, so that you, rooted in love, may know Christ's love and be filled with God.  God’s love is fundamental to all other gifts.  The gospel reminds us of the Passion, God’s ultimate act of love.  Christ held each of us in love as he was led to slaughter for our sins.  Love is the commitment of will to seek the other's good irrespective of feelings.  Today's celebration is about love.  We are to love each other as God loves us.
  • DailyScripture.net:  The soldiers' piercing Jesus' heart fulfilled "when they look on him they pierced, they'llmourn 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....
  • Trumped saint, from Universalis:  Barnabas ["son of encouragement"], apostle, early convert, accompanied Paul on his first missionary journey, then went to Cyprus to preach with cousin John Mark (the evangelist).  (Synopsis with scriptural references)  Likely martyred in Cyprus; see also New Advent.  Whom shall I encourage today?
Dress legend
  • 'Sacred Heart of Jesus' pin (close-up), "boundless mercy" button:  today's solemnity 
  • 'Phone' tie bar:  "Out of Egypt I 'called' my son" (1st reading)
  • "Celebrate teaching" pin:  I taught Ephraim... (1st reading)
  • 'Walker' tie pin:  ...to walk (1st reading)
S. Cordis Iesu/ Severen
  • 'Hearts' tie:  My heart is overwhelmed, my pity stirred (1st reading); may Christ dwell in your hearts; may you, rooted in love, know the love of Christ (2nd reading); Sacred Heart of Jesus (today's celebration)
  • 'Musical notes with "joy" pin':  "You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation" (canticle)
  • '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 today's celebration
  • 'Street light' tie bar:  Grace was given to me to bring the plan to light,... (2nd reading)
  • 'Owl' tie pin:  ...so that God's wisdom might be made known (2nd reading)
  • 'Holy Spirit' chain:  May the Father strengthen you through his Spirit... (2nd reading)
  • 'Ruler' tie bar:  ...to comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth (2nd reading)
  • 'Skeleton' tie pin:  "Not a bone will be broken" (gospel)
  • 'Eyeball' pin:  An eyewitness has testified; "they will look on the one they pierced" (gospel)

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