I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Reflection for June 12, Friday Solemnity of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus; John 19:31-37

Gospel: John 19:31-37
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.
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A young man said to his beloved, I will love you until the last gasp of my breath. The beloved woman was so smitten by his sweet words so she said yes. After a few months the young man left the woman he swore to love for a new love.

This is who many of us are when we love. We love without permanence and security. We love for as long as we can get something from the person that we swore to love. And then when we cannot get anything anymore it’s time to move on and find a new one. Hard to believe but this is true and this is happening.

But how does Jesus loves? He loves until eternity; He loves us no matter who we are. He loves us even if we don’t love Him back and He loves us more than His life. This is the love of Jesus for us, so deep and so profound that we cannot fathom it. This love of Jesus for us emanates from His Sacred Heart.

Today is the Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, this represents not only the heart of Jesus. This Solemnity is also a showcase of His infinite love for all of us because the heart is a universal symbol of love.

We see this great love of Jesus for us in the gospel. He hangs on the cross badly beaten and lifeless (John 19:33). Yet even in death Jesus still suffered. It happened when a soldier thrust his lance into his side (John 19:34).    

Notwithstanding all the sufferings that He has to endure whenever we sin. The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is still full of love and forgiveness for all of us. His love is the kind of love that immediately forgives. A love that does not count our sins but only counts our willingness to go back to His loving embrace once again.    

Let us therefore go back to Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas    

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