June 19: The Love of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Revealed in the Most Holy Eucharist

Based on the Writings of St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar

Meditation 19
Photo from Covington Cathedral – taken by Fr. Lawrence Lew, OP (for non-commercial use)

According to St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar, the Lord Jesus, returning to His Heavenly Father, left us not only His teaching, grace and law, but bequeathed to us also His Church, His Mother, and, above all, Himself. In the Most Holy Mystery of the Altar He found a mysterious and miraculous way of dwelling with us. He descended to the lowest step of the ladder of humiliation, veiling not only His Divinity under the sacramental species but also His humanity. Even if we were to have the wisdom of all angels and the hearts of all saints, we would still not be able to comprehend or thank Him enough for this love. The Most Blessed Sacrament is truly the “miracle of miracles” that the Lord Jesus continually brings about in order to remain with us. It is the crown of God’s mysteries and His works, since it is the culmination of the love that the Lord Jesus has shown in the mystery of His Incarnation, His earthly life and institution of the Church. In this way the Lord Jesus remains upon earth until the end of ages, because loving His own in the world, He loved them to the end (Jn 13:1). In the Most Blessed Sacrament the love of His Heart reaches its summit.

The Lord Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist, above all, for this purpose, namely to re-present in an unbloody manner the sacrifice of the cross upon our altars.  Through this mystery, the Lord Jesus is present upon our altars during Holy Mass and remains hidden in so many tabernacles under the sacramental species, everywhere alive, everywhere in His fullness. The Lord Jesus instituted this Sacrament for this purpose too, namely, to be as heavenly food that comes down to us to strengthen us, sanctify us and unite us with Himself, and so transform us into Himself.

The Heart of Jesus, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Heart of our High-Priest, Friend and Father, beats with ineffable love.

St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar

The Heart of the Lord Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament ever remains the seat of mercy, treasury of graces, the fire of holy ardor and school of virtues. The Divine Heart, the Eucharistic Heart of the Lord Jesus, is worthy of ardent gratitude, worship and love. It has been said beautifully that there is a double bond connected in this mystery: one, descending from heaven to earth, which is the desire of God for us; and the other, rising from earth to heaven in our longing for God.

The Heart of Jesus, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Heart of our High-Priest, Friend and Father, beats with ineffable love.  At the same time how ungratefully people repay such love! From the depths of the Eucharistic sanctuary is heard this complaint: How long must I remain with you? How long can I endure you? (Mt 17:17).

“Oh do not allow that the Lord would complain about you as well,” writes St. Joseph Sebastian. “Pray, and take care that the object of your eager desire will be your daily participation in Holy Mass, your visit each day to the Most Blessed Sacrament, your frequent and worthy reception of Holy Communion and your devout participation in Eucharistic celebrations … that thus may every act of yours may be united with this Mystery.”

Try to zealously make acts of expiation for the many insults and much ingratitude shown to this loving Heart.

Ave Verum – Sung by our Sisters

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