Sacred Heart of Jesus
1st Reading: Hos 11:1,3-4, 8-9
I loved Israel when he was a child; out of Egypt I called my son.
Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by
the arms; yet little did they realize that it was I who cared for
them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with leading
strings of love, and I became for them as one who eases the
yoke upon their neck and stoops down to feed them.
How can I give you up, Ephraim? Can I abandon you like
Admah or make you like Zeboiim? My heart is troubled within
me and I am moved with compassion. I will not give vent to
my great anger; I will not return to destroy Ephraim for I am
God and not human. I am the Holy One in your midst and I do
not want to come to you in anger.
2nd Reading: Eph 3:8-12, 14-19
Gospel: John 19:31-37
As it was Preparation Day, the Jews did not want the bodies to remain on the cross during the Sabbath, for this Sabbath was a very solemn day.
They asked Pilate to have the legs of the condemned men broken, so they might take away the bodies.
The soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who had been crucified with Jesus. When they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead; so they did not break his legs. One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a lance and immediately there came out blood and water.
The one who has seen here gives his witness so that you may believe: his witness is true and He knows that he speaks the truth. All this happened to fulfill the words of Scripture, Not one of his bones shall be broken. Another text says: They shall look on him whom they have pierced.
Nowadays, the heart is a symbol of live; it has almost become a letter of the alphabet, or a word that means nothing else but love. But in the Scriptures, the heart is not especially a symbol of love. It is not the symbol of any particular emotion, but rather of the whole inner life of a person. Isn’t it better so? What is love if it does not come from that inner place? What value has it if it is not part and parcel of the whole inner life of a person? It can only be a game, a pastime, something that we tire of after a while. What a disaster when your love does not carry your whole life with it!
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