Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph. (Today’s feast commemorates why I start each blog with this line!)
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.
An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true;
he knows that he is speaking the truth,
so that you also may come to believe.
For this happened so that the Scripture passage might be fulfilled:
Not a bone of it will be broken.
And again another passage says:
They will look upon him whom they have pierced. JN 19:31-37
Where does the devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus come from?
“I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment” (Jesus to St. Margaret Mary).
The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI speaking of the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus several years ago said: “In biblical language, “heart” indicates the center of the person where his sentiments and intentions dwell. In the Heart of the Redeemer we adore God’s love for humanity, his will for universal salvation, his infinite mercy. Practicing devotion to the Sacred Heart of Christ therefore means adoring that Heart which, after having loved us to the end, was pierced by a spear and from high on the Cross poured out blood and water, an inexhaustible source of new life” (Benedict XVI, Angelus 5 June 2005).
The most important intentions of Jesus’s heart is love and mercy. This is what He came to earth for, reconcile sinners back to God. Fr. Mike Schmitz reminds us, we are His “the one”. So, God has done all He needs to do to save us, Jesus has made the ultimate sacrifice, we are called to respond living our baptismal promises the best we can each day. When we don’t we reject God’s love and mercy. Imagine you work your whole life to serve another person and love them with all of your heart, then they reject you, they walk away and never come back. Even worse, what if they say they don’t love you. This is what we do when we don’t recognize what Christ did for us and we stop praying, going to Mass, receiving the sacraments. The worst we can ever do is reject our baptism.
The amazing thing is no matter how many times we reject God or push Him away, every moment of our lives He is ready to love you and forgive you (Prodigal Son). This is the point of today’s Gospel. The heaven’s rejoice when one sinner repents (Parable of the Lost Sheep). God needs us to go into the world and tell everyone of His mercy and love. Who would reject this love and forgiveness? People don’t understand it or don’t know about it. It is our job to get this Good News out into the world and to instill it in our kids for generations to come.
When the world had forgotten to come to God’s mercy and His message of salvation, Jesus appeared to St. Mary Margaret Alacoque in 1675 with visions from Jesus Christ. It continued in the apparition of Mary to the 3 children at Fatima. It culminated in the visions of Jesus to St. Faustina Kowalska and the Pope of Mercy, St. John Paul II. Pope Benedict XVI Emeritus and today Pope Francis have continued this great message in the Church (Year of Mercy). May we never forget the intention of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, love and mercy for all created beings. What a difficult job to live and be a witness to. With God’s grace anything is possible. Ask God for the grace to forgive and show mercy by being a witness of Jesus Christ. This is our call, our purpose, our direction in Baptism into eternal life. Never give up!
Today’s challenge: 1. Recognize your identity in Christ. We are sinners/broken in need of a Savior, He is the Man! Thank Him every day for His mercy and love and persevere in coming back to Him each time we fall. 2. Learn to forgive ( Servant of God, Fr. Kapaun says, “If we fail to forgive, we are rejecting our own faith.” This is difficult because it comes from the center of our being and has great emotions attached to it. 3. Get the word out in your homes, schools, businesses and communities about God’s Divine Mercy!
“God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy.”
― Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel
Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Holy Hour of Reparation by Soul Assurance written with words from St. Margaret Mary Alacoque-https://www.amazon.com/Reparation-Sacred-English-Spanish-Italian/dp/1891280392
I pray this every time I go to adoration-it is a soul changer!
Be a servant, become a saint!