Lord, help me to live this day with the conviction that I am your beloved. Let me face the highs and the lows of the coming hours with the conviction that I am never alone. In the darkness of the moment, let me remember that light will finally break through and in the moments of achievement and satisfaction let me give you glory. Look after my family and keep each one close to you. Please answer the yearnings of their hearts and help them to know their infinite value in your eyes.
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How can we know something that surpasses knowledge? We live in a world which only counts as knowledge that which can be proven according to scientific method. “Science” is the magic word, and its child is the wonder-worker “technology.” Science alone counts as true knowledge, and it can be proven in its effects. That’s why I often think that hospitals and airports are the cathedrals of our age: hospitals where “medical miracles” await us, airports where the mass of humanity can experience the “wonders of science” as we enter into the hyper-rationalized world of technology and actually fly!
And yet though medical knowledge has expanded greatly, all people grow sick and old and die; and though we can fly in our magic jets, it is remarkable how little such travel satisfies the human heart. If anything, the people in these flying machines look bored if not irritated, and no nearer to heaven for all that they are very high up.
The heart desires something far more than science and technology, helpful though these are. The heart desires a real cathedral; the heart desires a real miracle. It is a miracle that we exist at all, and that we are created by God – the ultimate miracle is that this God loves us, has become one of us in His Son, has opened the door to eternal life through the wounded side of that Son.
To enter into those saving wounds of Jesus which are the portals to eternal life, we need the darkness of faith which surpasses the lesser light of knowledge, and above all, we need the blindness of love which surpasses any clarity of earth. Love may be blind and yet love alone sees. Today, the Church celebrates the heart of God revealed to us, opened to us, in the wounded heart of Jesus. Let us enter into that heart and abandon ourselves to Him, and so come to know with every fiber of our being that joy and peace and light which is vastly greater than the small lights of human brains. After all, we worship the Sacred Heart, not the Sacred Head (except, as theologian von Balthasar noted, when it is bloodied and crowned with thorns).
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John 19: 31-37
Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and the bodies removed. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. (He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth.)
These things occurred so that the scripture might be fulfilled, “None of his bones shall be broken.” And again another passage of scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.”
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 (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations/ ).
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