Friday, June 19, 2009

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today's Gospel: John 19: 31 - 37
31 Since it was the day of Preparation, in order to prevent the bodies from remaining on the cross on the sabbath (for that sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him;
33 but when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.
35 He who saw it has borne witness -- his testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth -- that you also may believe.
36 For these things took place that the scripture might be fulfilled, "Not a bone of him shall be broken."
37 And again another scripture says, "They shall look on him whom they have pierced."

Once you have read the Gospel and watched the video you can attempt to draw your own picture of the Sacred Heart. There is a tutorial here. There is also an art activity in Seton's Art 1 for Young Catholics. You could read this little book or learn more about the devotion to the Sacred Heart and the promises made by Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary. You could also celebrate with a heart shaped cake or cookies. If you make a cake you can put one candle on it to represent Jesus as light of the world. I will post pictures if I make such a cake or cookies today. God bless.

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