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Friday, September 28, 2018

Sixth Station of the Sacred Heart: Comforting the Grieving Widow


Sixth Station

Comforting the grieving widow
Heart of Jesus moved with pity to heal the emotional wounds and needs of the people

We Adore you O Lord and we love You
-Because by Your Sacred Heart You have made manifest Your Love

Soon afterward he journeyed to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him.As he drew near to the gate of the city, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. A large crowd from the city was with her.When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her and said to her, “Do not weep.”He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming, “A great prophet has arisen in our midst,” and “God has visited his people.”This report about him spread through the whole of Judea and in all the surrounding region.Lk 7:11-17


Reflection:

He was moved with pity for her!  Jesus’ Heart is again pulled towards the needs of humanity.  This time, His Heart is moved with pity at the weeping of a widow.  We do not know her name or the name of her son, we see the pull of His Heart to heal her emotional wounds.  Even in her obscurity, Jesus knows her and her weaknesses.  Could it be that He sees this wound as too deep for her to bear? Would the loss of this son, placing her at the mercy of society, bring her into a state of despair and take her away from the Lord in her lack of trust?  We do no know, but we do know that Jesus heals her emotional pain through the healing of her son.  She does not ask, and perhaps does not even see Jesus approaching as she accompanies the body of her son to his burial place.  It is again the Heart of Jesus which sees the very human emotional need of the woman and takes the initiative to heal her.

Prayer:
Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, come and heal our emotional wounds

Friday, September 21, 2018

Fifth Station: Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish


Fifth Station 

Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes
Heart of Jesus moved with pity to heal the physical wounds and needs of the people.

We Adore you O Lord and we love You
-Because by Your Sacred Heart You have made manifest Your Love

When he disembarked [from the boat] and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.… Takingthe five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds..- Mt 14:14, 19-21

Jesus summoned his disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.”The disciples said to him, “Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place to satisfy such a crowd?”Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.”He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground.Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.They all ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over seven baskets full.Those who ate were four thousand men, not counting women and children.-Mt 15: 32-38

Reflection:
St. Matthew points to the Heart of Jesus twice as he recounts two different stories of Jesus multiplying the loaves and fishes.  “His Heart is moved with pity” In the Greek, this phrase means a deep, gut-wrenching emotion.  It comes from the very depths of His being.  What is it that moves His Heart so forcefully?  It is the sickness of the crowd, their wounds, their hunger.  It is their very human, physical needs.  He is made of flesh and blood just as they are and understands the needs of their frail human bodies.  His love is so deep that He seems to even feel and experience their hunger, weariness and pain.  His Heart cannot help but be moved with pity for them.  Look closely at the passage, there is no outside cry for help, no begging for food, no asking for a cure.  Jesus, from the movements of His Heart, is compelled to heal them and provide for their physical needs.

Prayer:
Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, come and heal our physical wounds



Friday, September 14, 2018

Fourth Station: Calling of the Apostles

Hangs within the enclosure near the library



Fourth Station 

Calling of the Apostles / souls
Heart of Jesus desires to be loved

-Because by Your Sacred Heart You have made manifest Your Love

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “…Come, follow me.”-Mk 10:21

Reflection:

“Behold this Heart which has so loved men and yet is so little loved”. Jesus makes this lament to St. Margaret Mary as He first introduces His Sacred Heart for public devotion.  Is this not the same cry He makes to each apostle?  To each soul who is called as He says, “Come, Follow Me”?  This cry is so often rejected and spurned.  It is not fully embraced as we see when the disciples run away or deny Jesus.  Jesus’ Heart here pulses with intensity and love, desiring friends with whom He can share the treasures of His Sacred Heart.

Prayer:
Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, help us to respond to Your Loving invitations



Friday, September 7, 2018

Third Station: Temptation of Jesus

Third Station 

Temptation of Jesus in the Desert

Heart of Jesus desires to experience human temptation

We Adore you O Lord and we love You
-Because by Your Sacred Heart You have made manifest Your Love

…“It also says, ‘You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.’”When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time. -Lk 4:1-13

Reflection:
The Sacred Heart is filled with a love which not only desires to comfort us to but to be able to empathize in the most intimate way. As God, He already knows the struggles and temptations of man. After 30 years of living among us He has seen men both resist and fall in the face of temptation.
His love desires to go further, to experience this temptation. He is led by the Holy Spirit, that person of the Trinity whose whole personhood is the love of the Father and the Son, into the desert to be tried and tempted by the Devil.  Look at His Heart as it receives these merciless blows. He responds with truth and with love, all the while feeling these painful blows upon His gentle Heart. When the blows cease and the Devil departs, His Heart is left still yearning for that union with men.  A union which will only draw these blows upon Himself once more with even greater intensity at the time of His Passion.

Prayer:

Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, thank You for desiring to be united with us, even in our moments of temptation