JUNE 11. THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS. Jn. 19. 31-37
Updated: Jun 11
It was Preparation Day, and to prevent the bodies remaining on the cross during the sabbath – since that sabbath was a day of special solemnity – the Jews asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken away. Consequently, the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with him and then of the other. When they came to Jesus, they found he was already dead, and so instead of breaking his legs one of the soldiers pierced his side with a lance; and immediately there came out blood and water. This is the evidence of one who saw it – trustworthy evidence, and he knows he speaks the truth – and he gives it so that you may believe as well. Because all this happened to fulfil the words of scripture: “Not one bone of his will be broken” - and again, in another place scripture says: “They will look on the one whom they have pierced!”
It needs to be stressed, today's feast was created at the request of Christ himself to St. Margaret Mary, as he rightly wanted a day of Reparation for the coldness and contempt shown towards the Eucharist; - the Sacrament of his Love!
A Sacrament that repeats and recalls the Sacrifice of Calvary each and every day- and allows us to offer our own lives in union with that sacrifice!
A Sacrament that allows Christ to physically dwell within us each day - in anticipation of our permanent loving union with him in Heaven!
A Sacrament that allows God’s people to spend time in his company; - but sadly it has become a Sacrament largely neglected by those who profess to love him?
A truth borne out by Christ’s words to St Margaret Mary: “Behold this heart which has so loved men, even to exhausting and consuming itself to testify to them its love, and in return, I receive nothing but ingratitude through the contempt, irreverence, sacrileges and coldness which they show me in the Sacrament of my Love; - but what is even more painful to me, is that there are hearts consecrated to me that treat me this way.
For that reason, I demand that the First Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi (today) be set apart for a special feast to honour my heart. That on this day reparation be made to it with special solemnity, that the Faithful receive Holy Communion in reparation for the indignities which it has received on the altars; - and I promise that my Heart will expand to pour out in abundance the treasures of Divine Love on those who render it this honour”.
But if Christ sought one day a year to make reparation; - together with the First Friday devotion; - how much more pleasing the life of a Catholic who receives the Eucharist daily in a spirit of Reparation and Adoration; - something made possible via Holy Mass, where we offer Christ’s life, together with our own?
‘A Sacrifice of Love’ described in today’s Gospel; - where Blood and Water from Christ’s side represent the Sacrament of Eucharist; - and the purification of our souls he made possible via the Sacraments of Baptism and Confession!
Gospel Acclamation: 1Jn4:10
God first loved us
and sent his Son to take away our sins.