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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Friday of the 9th Week in the Ordinary Time B Download This Homily

Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9,

Eph 3:8-12, 14-19,

Gospel JN 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.

 

The Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus


A few years ago when a Parish Priest, after the solemn celebration of the Feast of the Sacred Heart, asked some of the little girls he found in the Church, “What is difference between our hearts and Jesus’ Heart?” Many attempted to answer in many ways. The seniors among them claimed that Jesus’ heart is sacred whereas ours is sinful. Others said that Jesus could live even after his heart was pierced but we may die of heart attack if it happens with us. The whole group was divided into many solutions to the PP’s query.


Now one little girl proposed a better answer. She said, “Jesus’ heart is outside whereas ours are inside”. People started laughing to the full of their heart. But the girl was adamant at her finding. Now the PP declared that answer to be one of the best answers and rewarded her. His explanation was that Jesus owned and owns an ‘outgoing’ heart whereas we have a limited and restricted heart.


Almost in all pictures of the Sacred Heart and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we find Jesus and Mary holding their hearts to the devotees. The events we reflect today remind once again its implications and relevance. Jesus’ side was pierced. Now we may doubt why it was done so even after the concerned declared his dead. St. John who was close to the heart of Jesus alone was mentioned about this event in the gospels. He wanted to present that the heart of Jesus was vibrant for his loved ones even after his death.


Heart as such is the symbol of love. This is the part of the body that centrally controls the total blood circulation. This is part of the body often associated with all love relations. In today’s complex life style this is the most affected part of the body and we find even babies in the wombs with ‘heart troubles’. Now in the emotional world, we find large number of people with ‘broken hearts’. The materialistic world of today doesn’t care for the soft feelings of the heart and the blood and water came out of Jesus’ heart that was ‘unnecessarily’ pierced is still repeated.


Today on this feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, let’s keep our hearts with that of Jesus. Let the pulses of our heart be united with His. Let us create with us a compassionate heart after the heart of Jesus. God speaks through Prophet Ezekiel, “A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and will give you a heart of flesh”. (Ezek 36; 26). Can we feel the pulse of my brother/my sister who is in trouble, struggling? If not, pray for the great gift of an empathetic heart. Let’s pray, “Most Sacred Heart f Jesus, make my heart ever like thine” Amen!


Fr Biju Tharaniyil CMI


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