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Sunday, 15 April 2012
Divine Mercy Sunday : reflections on the Lenten and Easter journeys
When they came to Jesus they found he was already dead, and so instead of breaking his legs one of the soldiers pierced his side with a lance; and immediately there came out blood and water. This is the evidence of one who saw it- trustworthy evidence, and he knows he speaks the truth...( John 19: 23-37)
This flow of blood and water was immensely important to the evolution of the devotion to the Sacred Heart. At today's Mass we are reminded of the centrality of this event in the reading from John's Gospel (20:19-31) where Jesus invites Thomas to put his hand into the wound in his side. And, in the first letter of St. John we again are reminded that Jesus 'came by water and blood, not with water only, but with water and blood'(5: 1-6.)
The image of Jesus associated with Saint Faustina explicitly urges to focus on the blood and water which flows from the heart of Christ. Blessed John Paul - a great advocate of both the Sacred Heart and the Divine Mercy had this to say about the the 'Heart of Jesus pierced with a lance' in one of his Angelus meditations on the Litany on the Sacred Heart. (30th July 1989)
John Paul II, Litany of the Heart of Jesus, Prayer and Service, October - December 1990, N. 4, pp 343-4
Thus my Lenten and Easter journey accompanied by St David brought me to a new and deeper appreciation of the image of the Sacred Heart contained in the icon. We can mediate on the wound inflicted by the lance as a golden shining (cosmic)symbol of the new life in Christ. We can reflect on the Church being born like Eve from the first Adam (on the left) and contemplate the stream of living water which flows from Christ. And we can turn to Mary and 'ask us to lead us to draw more and more abundantly from those streams of grace flowing from Christ's wounded heart.'
Posted by DWP at 12:21