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Friday, October 26, 2018

10th Station: the Last Supper



Tenth Station 

The Last Supper
Heart of Jesus gives Itself fully in the Eucharist and is heard by John as he rests his head on Jesus’ breast

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

When the hour came, he took his place at table with the apostles.He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passoverwith you before I suffer,for, I tell you, I shall not eat it [again] until there is fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”Then he took a cup,gave thanks, and said, “Take this and share it among yourselves;for I tell you [that] from this time on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you; do this in memory of me.”And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you. -Lk 22:14-20

One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved,was reclining at Jesus’ side.So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant.He leaned back against Jesus’ chest and said to him, “Master, who is it?”Jn 13:23-25

Reflection:

The Heart of Jesus, the Flesh of the Eucharist, the desire to give Himself fully, the tenderness of the heartbeat heard by John.  This is the Last Supper.  We know from the multiple Eucharistic miracles that the Eucharist is the flesh from His Heart.  The Sacred Heart is seen both in its radical self-gift and in its gentle calling of souls. That very heart, gently beating to be unified with John as he lays his head on Jesus’ breast, is at the same time being given as food and feeling the sting of betrayal given by Judas.  In these moments Jesus’ Heart is tangible visibly in the form of bread, audibly through the ears of John, and spiritually as He conveys His ardent love for the disciples, exposing His Heart in such vulnerability in the midst of the disciples who will flee, betray, and deny Him. “Master, who is it?”  The question echoes in the hearts of all those present as they receive His Flesh for the first time.

Prayer:
Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, thank You for your Eucharistic presence, please grant us the grace to remain united to you and not turn our backs on You

Friday, October 19, 2018

9th Station of the Sacred Heart: Jesus Weeps



Ninth Station 

Jesus weeps for Jerusalem
Heart of Jesus weeps for the sinfulness of the people and teaches contrition for sin

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

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but you were unwilling! Behold, your house will be abandoned, desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”-Mt 23:37-39

As he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it,saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace but now it is hidden from your eyes.For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides.They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”-Lk 19:41-44

Reflection:

The Heart of Jesus weeps.  It is not only an external sorrow or a detached pity over the sins of these chosen people, living in this chosen city.  Scripture tells us that Jesus became sin (2 Cor 5:21), this is how far the unity of the Sacred Heart goes.  Here He weeps not just for Jerusalem, but also, in a sense as Jerusalem. Imagine Jesus standing before the throne of the Father full of shame and sadness.  He feels sorrow and contrition for all the sins of the world so fully and completely that He becomes those sins in order to offer due contrition to the Father.  This weeping for the city of Jerusalem shows the contrition of His Heart and, while it precedes His cry from the cross, “Father, forgive them”, it already cries out to the Father in sorrow.  He takes upon Himself these sins of the present and weeps in true contrition for them for “they know not what they do”.

Prayer:
Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, teach us true sorrow for our sins



Friday, October 12, 2018

8th Station of the Sacred Heart: the Good Shepherd



Eighth Station 

The Good Shepherd
Heart of Jesus longs to protect His children

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



Reflection:

Holy Mother Church has chosen this reading for the Feast of the Sacred Heart (cycle C). The Sacred Heart must then also be the heart of a shepherd... the Good Shepherd.  Looking at this Heart desirous of seeking the lost sheep and protecting the current fold, we see a glimpse of the Heart of the Father.  Does not Jesus tell Philip, “If you have seen me you have seen the Father” (Jn 14:9)?  Therefore, let us look at the Heart of the Father in the Heart of Jesus.
One of a father’s most cherished tasks is that of providing for and protecting his family.  Is this not seen as we look at the Heart of the Good Shepherd?  A Heart ready to seek out the sheep that has strayed and ready to lay down his life for his flock.  This is Divine Love.  This is the very love of the Trinity which has found a place in the beating Heart of the Son.  This love echoes once more that oft repeated phrase to St. Margaret Mary begging for love, “Behold this Heart which has so loved men, that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming itself in order to testify to its love”.

Prayer:
Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, bring back to Yourself those places in our hearts which have wandered away from You

Friday, October 5, 2018

7th Station of the Sacred Heart: Healing of the Adulterous Woman


Seventh Station 

Healing of the adulterous Woman
Heart of Jesus moved with pity to heal the spiritual wounds and needs of the people

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

 “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, [and] from now on do not sin anymore.”Jn 8: 3-11

Reflection:
Looking at the Heart of Jesus in this very well-known Gospel story, we see Him both wounded and moved.  He does not in this case come forward with directness as He has in the past two stations, but she, as a victim, is brought to Him.  This woman brought before Him and thrown into the middle of this circle of men is brought as a trap, brought with malicious intent. On her part, she knows her sinfulness and the deed in which she has been caught and seems to expect to be stoned. She stands ashamed and ready for the death sentence, her gaze turned toward the ground.
But what does the Heart of Jesus respond with?  His Heart once again is moved with pity as He bends down scribbling in the sand to catch her eye of shame with His look of love.  Jesus knows that this woman has sinned and that He will soon pay the price for that sin.  He sees her search for love which has led her into this sin and desires to give her His Love. We know not if this is a first offense or a habitual sin and it doesn’t matter.  For what we do know is that she has sinned at least once and Jesus yearns to have His love received by her.   It may be the case that all sin is a mis-seeking for love: in the wrong places, the wrong people and/or the wrong ways.
The fullness of love welling up within His heart again is made manifest through truth.  He finally speaks to her, “Neither do I condemn you. Go …and do not sin anymore”. He does not say that she has not sinned, but that she has been released from the punishment of that sin, she has been forgiven and freed.  She is now asked to love Him and to accept His love by sinning no more. By seeking for love in the right place: His Heart.

Prayer:

Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, come and heal our spiritual wounds