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Friday, 27 June 2014

The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Bit of a kerfuffle at Mass, perhaps the first time that this priest has had this holy day in this cycle from this book with this translation.

I'm not sure I will ever be sold on the multiplicity of cycles, (our sacristan can't remember that weekdays have 2 but Solemnities and Sundays mostly have three, except when they don't and if a visiting priest.... well, I do not envy the man.)

On the other hand I do love the occasional, ooh, never noticed that bit of comfort before, which a single year cycle of readings would not afford:
It was not because you are the largest of all nations
that the Lord set his heart on you and chose you,
for you are really the smallest of all nations.

It was because the Lord loved you
and because of his fidelity
 Do not fret, do not be afraid if the Mystical Body of Chrsit seems to be leaner sometimes.

And Magnificat never fails to call some gem of devotion to your attention. From a homily of Pope Benedict's, Even our shortcomings, our limitations and our weaknesses ought to bring us back to the heart of Jesus.

Isn't that wonderful to know? that our virtues, successes, and strengths may give us the desire that draws us into union with Jesus' Sacred Heart, but lacking those, the absence of those traits give us the NEED that draws us into union.

As always, He can draw straight with crooked line.

Quite a craftsman, God -- he can make do with whatever He's got in each of us. (Lucky for me!)

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