June 20: The Imitation of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Based on the Writings of St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar

Meditation 20

Even in the Old Testament, God had said clearly to the people: Be holy for I am holy (Lev 11:44). But how could a sinful person with a fallen nature become a saint? Behold, the love of God has come with His assistance, for the Son of God, consubstantial with the Father, became a man like us in all things but sin. By this we can recognize in Him the very life of God and, by imitating Him, can become like the Heavenly Father.

St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar teaches that to imitate the Lord Jesus means to follow in His footsteps.  It means to think, desire, speak, act and suffer as Christ did. In such a way, we, as much as possible, live the life of Jesus. The sanctification of each moment of our life depends upon our union with the Lord Jesus. We can attain to the purpose of our life by means of the example, grace and help that the Lord Jesus gives to us in Himself and, at the same time, provides for the needs of our human frailty.

He helps us to carry our crosses in our procession to Calvary. He lifts us up from our falls, wipes the sweat from our brow, and heals our wounds with His balm.

To follow Christ is a great privilege. If the soldiers of a great military leader are proud that they can fight under his command, how much greater the honor for Christians that their Ruler, Jesus Christ, goes before them with the cross upon His shoulders, leading them to victory. Where Jesus is, there is freedom, peace and holy joy; in a word, there is heaven on earth. He is not only a Guide but also a Helper. Everyone who approaches Him can say:  My help comes from the Lord (Ps 121:2). He helps us to carry our crosses in our procession to Calvary. He lifts us up from our falls, wipes the sweat from our brow, and heals our wounds with His balm. Jesus allows us also to sit awhile in the shade of His consolation, pointing to heaven, as if to say, “Courage! Onward, My servant! I myself trod this road, followed by my most beloved Mother and hosts of others.  As for you, go perseveringly, and you shall receive the unfading crown of glory.”

Jesus allows us also to sit awhile in the shade of His consolation, pointing to heaven, as if to say, “Courage! Onward, My servant! I myself trod this road…

 To imitate the Heart of Jesus we must purify our hearts from sin, from any inordinate desires and from vanity and earthly clamor.  The frequent and worthy reception of the holy Sacraments, our daily examination of conscience, our vigilance and resolute working upon ourselves, joined to our fervent prayer, are the necessary means to follow the Lord Jesus. They allow us entrance into the Lord’s Heart, into His plans, desires and aspirations. And all of this, that we may take upon ourselves His desires and form our hearts after the Heart of Jesus. To follow Christ we should constantly learn about Him, continually listen to Him, read and meditate upon Him. Above all, we should love the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, for love unites us with Christ and urges us to follow Him faithfully. This love allows the soul to enter into the sanctuary of the Heart of God, thus does its sight become clearer than the vision of faith.

Looking upon the Heart of Jesus with the eyes of love, try to imitate this Heart especially in your love for God and people, in meekness, humility, obedience, self-denial, dedication and the spirit of prayer.

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