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Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today’s Mass Readings

Solemnity of the  Sacred Heart of Jesus

Friday after Feast of Corpus Christi

“The person who truly loves us is the person who knows us at our worst and still chooses to love us.”

However strange it may sound,
but how different our faith would be in Jesus
if we were celebrating today the Feast of the Sacred brain.

And St. John the Apostle would have written in his letters, “God is thought.”

Jesus is more than just a great thinker or philosopher.

There is no one with a more pure love than the Lord Jesus.

He is the Good Shepherd who knows us each by name
and who seeks us out when we stray from him.

We can just hear a coach in a locker room
before a big game saying, “Put your heart into it.
Play with purpose! Play with passion! “

Do you know that a heart beats 2.5 billion times over a 70 year lifetime?

Without the heart, the brain couldn’t function.

There hasn’t been a time throughout the history of the Catholic Church
that the People of God have not reached out to the Heart of Jesus

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus goes back to the early centuries of the Church.

It took the form of a meditation on the blood and water
flowing from the wounded side of Jesus
much like what he revealed in the picture to St. Faustina.

Records show this devotion being strong from the 11th century.

Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque on June 16, 1675.

He wanted the Feast of the Sacred Heart to be celebrated
on the Friday after the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Jesus wanted this reminder so we would never forget and always be grateful
for his sacrificial love dying for us while were still sinners.

We see the Sacred Heart of Jesus at its best
in the words of St. Julian of Norwich,
“The person who truly loves us
is the person who knows us at our worst
and still chooses to love us.”

How close Jesus walks with us and stays with us,
remaining in our churches in the Blessed Sacrament,
remaining with us in the Holy Mass.

His love compels him to stay with us
especially in our darkest moments
when we have no thought of him at all.

Time and again, his love for all people causes him
to descend into every one of their hells,
hoping, beckoning them to come back to him
and experience his mercy.

As we celebrate this Holy Mass,
he is seeking out his lost sheep,
ready to bring back the strayed, bind up the injured,
cure the sick, and he longs to lead all humanity to his green pastures.

His Sacred Heart never stops beating down
through the centuries for every person.

He loves all humanity because He loves each individual person
with a pure and perfect love.

The Sacred Heart reminds us that Jesus has a heart just like ours;
his acts of love are not beyond us, but are already in us,
in every loving gesture, relationship, and experience.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus never stops beating for us
and, please God, in us.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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