Thursday, June 18, 2009
SOLEMNITY, SACRED HEART OF JESUS
SOLEMNITY, SACRED HEART OF JESUS
FRIDAY 11TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
HOSEA 11:1, 3-4, 8C-9
Thus says the LORD: When Israel was a child I loved him, out of Egypt
I called my son. Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, who took
them in my arms; I drew them with human cords, with bands of love; I
fostered them like one who raises an infant to his cheeks; Yet, though
I stooped to feed my child, they did not know that I was their healer.
My heart is overwhelmed, my pity is stirred. I will not give vent to
my blazing anger, I will not destroy Ephraim again; For I am God and
not a man, the Holy One present among you; I will not let the flames
EPHESIANS 3:8-12, 14-19
Brothers and sisters: To me, the very least of all the holy ones, this
grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of
Christ, and to bring to light for all what is the plan of the mystery
hidden from ages past in God who created all things, so that the
manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to
the principalities and authorities in the heavens. This was according
to the eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
in whom we have boldness of speech and confidence of access through
faith in him. For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom
every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in
accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power
through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in
your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may
have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth
and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which
surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness
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
Maybe we have encountered a couple of familiar statements about love
like, "love ain't love until it hurts" or "love is giving even without
receiving". Perhaps we have watched some tragic twists in TV soap
operas or even experienced it ourselves, where someone seeks revenge
on another, cheats a loving spouse or betrays the very hand that feeds
them — and still be forgiven. Tough love.
These instances are not exactly what we romanticize about love, but it
does happen in real life. And it happened to Jesus Christ when he died
on the Cross. The essence of love may not really involve any
rationale, enough for Man to comprehend, but as a manifestation of a
higher sense of being — God.
No human being could ever love as purely as Jesus did, but we however
were bestowed to give up everything bad and believe in eternal love
and happiness with God.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus is one that beats with a self emptying love
that brought him to the Cross; a heart tender enough to welcome anyone
who seeks refuge within it; a heart strong enough to carry any burdens
we might lay at his feet; a heart unfathomable to carry out utmost
mercy and redeem every last soul in the world.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Francis Torres
- Mylene Lingad
- Sophia Gonzalez
… for the special intentions: San Juan de Dios Hospital
… for the personal intentions of Veronica Yap
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Salud Calupitan. Eternal rest
grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and all
the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Carlos Gabriel P. Chuaunsu
- Birthday: Nancy Madera-Tan
- Birthday: Josefa Palanca
- Prayer Intention: Emelinda Teck Yu
- Wedding Anniversary: Eric & Cecile Zalamea
- In Memoriam (+): Jose Roy Jr.
… for the healing and peace of all families
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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