Friday, June 8, 2018
Today, in Mercy, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. We are blessed with several powerful and profound readings, including the final moments on Calvary.
The second reading offers an example of Paul’s magnificent benedictions and doxologies. As he prays for the Ephesians, so he prays for us. These prayers are exalted, yet simple. They thrill the soul who prays them. They place us, in awe and thanksgiving, fully in the divinely generous, Sweet Heart of Christ.
Let yourself be there, allowing God to love and bless you, as you pray these words:
For this reason I kneel before the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory
to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self,
and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;
that you, rooted and grounded in love,
may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones
what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ which surpasses all knowledge,
so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Music: Two offerings today. The first captures Ephesians Prayer. The second harkens back to my childhood — and maybe to yours. (I couldn’t resist the lovely nostalgia!)
Dwelling Place ~ St. Louis Jesuits
Sweet Heart of Jesus ~ James Kilbane