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June 23, 2017

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Mt 11: 25-30

At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.“

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Jesus’s Suffering

One word that strikes me when I reflect upon the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the word “passion.” The flames and the wounds in the image depict the burning passion of Jesus’s love for us. As somewhat of a linguist, I’m drawn to the Latin root of the word, which means “to suffer.” Wait, suffering? Why do we have to go there?

If you ask St. Ignatius, understanding Jesus’s Passion is key to understanding God’s love for us. In the Third Week of the Spiritual Exercises, the retreatant is asked to pray with the Passion narratives. In this experience, we recognize that we cannot stop the soldiers who beat Jesus nor the crowd that yells for his death. Instead, through simply being with Jesus in his suffering, we come to know the depth of his love for us. How does the Sacred Heart of Jesus speak to you?

 —Jack McLinden, SJ is a Jesuit scholastic of the Midwest Province; he is currently studying philosophy at Saint Louis University.

Prayer

Jesus Christ, may your death be my life
and in your dying may I learn how to live.
May your struggles be my rest,
Your human weakness my courage,
Your embarrassment my honor,
Your passion my delight,
Your sadness my joy,
in your humiliation may I be exalted.
In a word, may I find all my blessings in your trials. Amen.

—St. Peter Faber

 

 

 

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St. Ignatius’s First Principle and Foundation says “The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God, who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God's life to flow into us without limit.” One of the ways in which we respond to the love God has given us is through prayer, not only personal prayer but community prayer as well. The Pastoral Ministry Center invites members of our Strake Jesuit Community to share their prayers with us: their concerns, joys, thanksgivings, so that we may walk with them in all these times of their lives.





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June 23, 2017

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Mt 11: 25-30

At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.“

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Jesus’s Suffering

One word that strikes me when I reflect upon the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the word “passion.” The flames and the wounds in the image depict the burning passion of Jesus’s love for us. As somewhat of a linguist, I’m drawn to the Latin root of the word, which means “to suffer.” Wait, suffering? Why do we have to go there?

If you ask St. Ignatius, understanding Jesus’s Passion is key to understanding God’s love for us. In the Third Week of the Spiritual Exercises, the retreatant is asked to pray with the Passion narratives. In this experience, we recognize that we cannot stop the soldiers who beat Jesus nor the crowd that yells for his death. Instead, through simply being with Jesus in his suffering, we come to know the depth of his love for us. How does the Sacred Heart of Jesus speak to you?

 —Jack McLinden, SJ is a Jesuit scholastic of the Midwest Province; he is currently studying philosophy at Saint Louis University.

Prayer

Jesus Christ, may your death be my life
and in your dying may I learn how to live.
May your struggles be my rest,
Your human weakness my courage,
Your embarrassment my honor,
Your passion my delight,
Your sadness my joy,
in your humiliation may I be exalted.
In a word, may I find all my blessings in your trials. Amen.

—St. Peter Faber

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!