June 25, 2017
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Jesus said to the Twelve:
“Fear no one.
Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
both soul and body in Gehenna.
Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Everyone who acknowledges me before others
I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
But whoever denies me before others,
I will deny before my heavenly Father.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Lloyd Anthony G. Pagulayan)
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. This feast is one of the oldest feasts that the Church has. It is through St. Margaret Mary Alacoque that the devotion to the Most Sacred Heart became widespread. It is a reminder for us Christians that our Lord Jesus Christ, that He is God, He is God with a heart. A heart that knows how to love and be hurt. A heart who knows how to listen to man’s pleads.
His heart is deeply wounded with all the sins committed against the Eucharist. For it is a sign of His love that it was instituted. It is also through the Eucharist when He said: “Do this in memory of Me.” Every time we hear these words during consecration, it is a reminder for us of how Jesus, because of His love for us, remains with us still.
Another way to give praise to God for His love for us is through Eucharistic Adoration. We believe that it is His real presence. It is through the Eucharist that His Most Sacred Heart can be experienced. It energizes the soul and from it we draw strength to face a new day.
I remember I had a teary-eyed experience in front of Him. I am sure that it was He who gave me that feeling – a feeling of relief and satisfaction.
The Eucharist transcends to become His Most Sacred Heart, who is hurt but still capable of loving; wounded yet able to forgive; bruised yet able to touch lives.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we entrust our life to you. Be with us, fill us with your love and have mercy on us.