Today is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. So many things to think of and to pray for to the Heart of Jesus. We ought to sing with Scripture “With joy you will draw water from the fountain of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3). For that, in fact, is the key to open the door to this feast: Christ wants to give so many graces as a fountain of salvation.
What an intense day of prayer already! I am reminded that Saint John Marie Vianney considered “The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus .”
All are welcome into His Divine Friendship.
The reflection comes from the Franciscan Saint Bonaventure:
“’They shall look on him whom they pierced.’ The blood and water which poured out at that moment were the price of our salvation. Flowing from the secret depths of our Lord’s heart as from a fountain, this stream gave the sacraments of the Church the power to confer the life of grace, while for those already living in Christ it became a spring of living water welling up to eternal life.”
It is traditional to pray this prayer today:
COMING to Jesus and seeing that He was already dead, they did not break His legs, but one of the soldiers opened Jesus’ side with a spear and immediately there came forth blood and water.
V. You shall draw waters with joy.
R. From the fountains of the Savior.
Let us pray:
O God, who in the Heart of Thy Son, wounded for our sins, dost mercifully lavish upon us the treasures of Thy love; grant, we beseech Thee, that with our devout homage we may also offer Him worthy reparation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.