DAILY MASS READINGS (June 8, 2018)

SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS (CYCLE B, White)

 

Reading 1 (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 consume you.

Responsorial Psalm (ISAIAH 12:2-3, 4, 5-6)

R. (3) You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation.
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name.
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel!
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

Reading 2 (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 of God.

Alleluia (MATTHEW 11:29AB)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Take my yoke upon you, says the Lord;
and learn from me, for I am meek and gentle of heart.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Or

 (1 JOHN 4:10B)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
God first loved us
and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (JOHN 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.
Reflection: Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. And the devotion to the Sacred Heart shows the profoundness of God’s love for humanity, that love which brought salvation. Indeed the Heart of our Lord is meek and humble that his divine life is in capable of sharing with our human life, that we may experience his love and that of the Father, and in return we may also know how to love. The Gospel taken from St. John’s account narrates the hour of Jesus accomplishing the Father’s will by his Death on the Cross. And his right side was pierced by a soldier’s lance not just in accordance with the Jewish observance of the sabbath of taking down the bodies from the crosses, but more importantly that the desire of his Heart to draw all things to himself towards God the Father. The substances of blood and water, symbolizing the Sacraments of Eucharist and Baptism, depict how the Church is given life through the flowing of the two from the right side of Christ. And this is the image that identifies the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is God who speaks through Christ in the First Reading that out of humankind’s sinfulness represented by the Egyptian slavery of Israel. The Heart of our Lord is overwhelming with love that this God does not will our condemnation, but salvation and thus faithfulness toward him. And Saint Paul in the Second Reading reaffirms this loving plan of salvation revealed to the Gentiles as well. Because of Christ’s saving sacrifice, we are all made to share into the one eternal heritage, the glory of inheritance to live holy lives before him. Jesus’ appearance to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque shows his Heart that has received indifference and sacrilege by the wickedness of humanity, but it is the Heart that pardons and saves. Let us all consecrate our lives to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, so that like his Heart who is meek and humble, we may also follow the same values. May we also take part in the Evangelization of the Good News through our proclamation and witness in daily lifestyle, in virtue of the salvation that comes from the Lord, which has empowered us to be his witnesses.

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