Reflection for Friday, June 15, 2012: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnity.

dc.contributor.authorSmith, David, S.J.en_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorSmith, David L., S.J.en_US Ben_US Timeen_US 10en_US
dc.description.abstractThe Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus comes to us as an invitation to penetrate more deeply the mystery of the humanity of Christ, who out of great love laid down his life for us and poured out that wondrous love by opening his heart on the cross, bidding us to that fountain of precious blood and living water---the blood of the sacrifical lamb, and the water of the Spirit, baptism and eucharist. We want to drink deeply of the spring of eternal life.|The Creator of all who once opened the side of the first man to fashion Eve, now opens the side of Christ to give birth to the Church, his bride. Adam was put into a deep sleep when his side was opened; now the author of life, who sleeps the sleep of death, has his side opened by divine decree that permitted the soldier, without incurring sin, to strike the heart of Christ so that scripture might be fulfilled, they shall look on him whom they have pierced.|We gaze lovingly at his wounded heart, and are so moved that we desire too to have our hearts wounded by the fire of his love, a wound that heals our defective hearts, a wounded heart thirsting for the blood of the lamb who takes away the sins of the world. The mystery of the Sacred Heart of Jesus we are invited to penetrate is the mystery of God's human heart, allowing our hearts to thirst for him and be wounded, so that the more we love, the more we desire to love, the more our hearts suffer and are wounded, the more we find healing. What was hidden and unseen by mortal eye, is now made visible in the open heart of Christ; what was inaccessible is now a fountain of eternal life.|At the death of Jesus, the earth shook and hard rocks were split. The Sacred Heart enables our stony hearts to become flesh and beat with the heart of Christ, and to drink deeply of the living water that wells up to eternal life. This is the will of God for you, your holiness (1 Thess 4:3). If the wounded world is to become holy, it needs the prayers and works of saints who dwell in the heart of Christ. This Sacred Heart invites us to such holiness.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 171en_US
dc.program.unitVP for University Ministryen_US
dc.program.unitUniversity Retreat Centeren_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local1Hosea 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9en_US
dc.subject.local2Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6en_US
dc.subject.local3Ephesians 3:8-12, 14-19en_US
dc.subject.local4John 19:31-37en_US
dc.subject.otherMost Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnityen_US
dc.titleReflection for Friday, June 15, 2012: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnity.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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