Thought for the Week

7 Jun 2018

Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

In one of the Gospel readings we read about the story of the widow of Nain whose son was raised to life again by Jesus.  Before this wonderful miracle took place, there is one particular part of the reading which it would be good to highlight for our reflection this week.

“When the Lord saw he felt sorry for her. ‘Do not cry’ he said. “St. Luke’s Gospel, Ch:7

Jesus, who is God Himself, made flesh for us, human, approachable and is able to respond to anything He comes across. Here He shows us that as God, He is able to raise the dead to life. As Man, He reveals the depths of His compassion and His Heart goes out to her, He feels her pain and feels sorry for her.

The Month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Jesus chooses to make Himself vulnerable for us today in 2018!  Although Almighty God, the Creator and Sustainer of the whole universe, He willingly and freely chose to come to earth in order to save us.  He gladly took upon Himself our human nature and went to the Cross for us, dying a cruel and despicable death to show us the very depths of His heart and His love for us.

This month we are to remember to pray for those who are preparing to enter the priesthood or religious life.  We also pray for those who are newly Ordained as Priests, Deacons and Bishops. WE also remember those Confirmandi who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation and those who will receive the Eucharist for the first time as Year 3 Pupils make their First Holy Communion.

Jesus’ Sacred Heart is usually represented by Him showing His Heart to us.  His Heart is shown with a Crown of Thorns painfully surrounding it which symbolises His Heart wounded by our sins and our coldness towards the things of God and the way we cruelly treat others. The flames burning within His Heart shows us His deep love for us.  The Cross at the top of His Heart reminds us of His Passion and Death which saves us from our sins. His Heart is also pierced which reminds us that after Jesus had died, the Roman soldier on duty at the Cross speared Him in the side and His Blood and Water flowed out, reminding us of the Sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Holy Baptism.

Our prayer today was written by St Margaret Mary Alacoque in the 17th Century who received revelations, prayers and visions from Jesus who showed her His heart, wounded and broken by our indifference and our wrongdoing but overflowing with love and mercy for us. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque gave to the church the Sacred Heart Devotions, which in their present form dates from AD1673-75.

May St Margaret’s prayer be ours today;

O Heart of love, I put all my trust in You; for I fear all things from my own weakness, but I hope for all things from Your goodness. Amen.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in You!