June 3: The Revelation of the Mystery of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Throughout the Ages

Meditations based on the writings of St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar

Audio of Today’s Meditation


Regarding the history of the revelation of the Heart of God, Saint Joseph Sebastian Pelczar writes: “As the rising sun dispatches before itself the morning star, and then enlightens with his rays, first the peaks of the highest mountains, later the lower hills and finally the valleys and the whole earth, thus so has Jesus, Christ, the Sun of Justice, revealed by stages the mystery of His Heart from which followed the devotion to this Heart spreading His light ever wider. By means of this light, He first illumined the highest peaks, that is, holy and chosen souls … and using St. Margaret Mary as His instrument, He then extended His light onto the valleys, that is, upon all Christians, until He had enlightened the whole earth.  Like the morning star were the figures of the Old Testament announcing the love of the Heart of Jesus: such as the side of Adam from whence came Eve; … the Paschal Lamb; the flow of water from the rock for Moses; and the vessel of manna within the Ark of the Covenant, among others.” Like rays emanating from this light were the manger, the house at Nazareth, the miracles the Savior performed for love of people; likewise His words revealing the ardor of His love and His interior life.  I have come to cast fire upon the earth, the Lord Jesus has said, how I wish it were already enkindled! (Lk 12:49).  And in another place: There is no greater love that this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (Jn 15:13). These rays were radiated forth with the greatest of light in the Lord’s institution of the Unbloody Sacrifice, the Most Blessed Sacrament; in Holy Communion; and in His Passion and Death. What is more, even after His death, the Savior allowed His side to be opened with the lance, allowing the piercing of His Heart, out of which gushed forth Blood and water so that we would know not only that this Heart has loved us to the end, but that the Holy Church was born from this Heart, and that this Heart has became the source of salvation and renewal for everyone. The mystery of the Heart of Jesus was most deeply understood by the Most Holy Mother of God. It was comprehended also by the Lord’s disciples and the holy women, particularly Mary Magdalene. On Calvary adorers of the Heart of Jesus were the Good Thief and the Centurion. The immeasurable love of the Savior was meditated upon and praised by the Christians of the first centuries. Undoubtedly, many of them, especially the martyrs, were deeply aware of the mystery of the Heart of Jesus.   The writers and doctors of the Church in the third, fourth, and fifth centuries, placed more emphasis upon the piercing of the side of the Savior with the lance, and they saw in this a profound mystery associated with the saving font that belongs to Holy Mother Church for the world’s purification and sanctification. At the end of the eleventh century devotion to the Holy Wounds grew stronger and opened the way to devotion to the Heart of Jesus. There were many saints and writers who were devoted to this Heart, among them St. Peter Damian, St. Bernard, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Clare, St. Bonaventure, St. Francis de Sales, St. Gertrude, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Teresa and others. Thus was this mystery revealed to all mankind and in varied ways. Musical Selections: I Have Loved You (Sung by the Sacred Heart Sisters)
Behold This Heart by Fr. Joseph Gill
For Further Study: Falling In Love, Knowing the Heart of Jesus by Dr. William Fahey https://catholicexchange.com/falling-love-knowing-sacred-heart-jesus wsb-416x313-founder-picture-at-desk2_orig St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar, Founder of the Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and Bishop of Przemysl, Poland (1842-1924)

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