Hosea 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9
Ephesians 3:8-12, 14-19
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.
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.
Good News Reflection: Experience the healing love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Using the scriptures from the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, let’s find out what it means to be loved by God. Read the scripture from Hosea while substituting your own name for “Israel” and “Ephraim” (and of course, if you are a female, change “son” to “daughter”). Change “Egypt” to a problem you suffered when you were young. For example:
Thus says the Lord:
When Terry was a child I loved her,
out of occult involvement I called my daughter.
It was I who taught Terry to walk,
who took her in My arms;
I drew her with human cords,
with bands of love;
I fostered her like one
who raises an infant to his cheeks;
Yet, though I stooped to feed my child,
she did not know that I was her healer.
Then read the Isaiah passage with the same personal angle, but now let it be the adult you of whom the verses speak:
God indeed is my savior, rescuing me from my troubled past.
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage come from the Lord,
and he is my savior.
With joy I will draw water
at the fountain of salvation.
For the reading from Ephesians, let the author, Paul, speak directly to you:
For this reason I kneel before the Father,
asking him to bless you according to the riches of his glory
so that you are strengthened with the power of the Holy Spirit,
so that Christ dwells in your heart through faith,
so that you will be rooted and grounded in love,
so that you may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones
what is the breadth and length and height and depth
of the love that Christ has for you, which surpasses knowledge,
so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
As you read the scriptures this way, do you feel any healing taking place? Are you more aware of God’s tremendous love for you? Thisis what it means to experience the Sacred Heart of Jesus — the heart that in the Gospel reading was pierced for your sake.
A Sacred Heart Prayer For All People
by Kathy Taylor, GNM Office Assistant
Loving Jesus, Your Sacred Heart is open to all mankind and full of love for each one of us.
We who love You have experienced Your love in our lives, but we have family and friends who have never fully come to love You, or turned away from Your love.
In Your mercy, Jesus, let them feel the touch of Your gentle love and gather them back to You.
Lord, Your Sacred Heart is filled with love for all who have not heard of You; help us to teach them of You and bring them to love You.
The compassion of Your Sacred Heart does not judge anyone, but calls us to witness Your loving truth to those who scorn or fear You.
Through Your precious Sacred Heart, bring all people to come to love You and live in peace and true freedom to give You all praise, honor and glory. Amen
Holy Spirit, I need Your love to love others as You want me to. May my obedience to Your commandments also bear the fruit of Your love fully alive in me. Amen.
© 2018 by Terry A. Modica