In Response to the Piercing. Reflection for marriages: John 19:31-37


Out of his pierced side there came out blood and water
From the Gospel according to John 
Jn 19:31-37

It was Preparation Day, and to prevent the bodies remaining on the cross during the sabbath – since that sabbath was a day of special solemnity – the Jews asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken away. Consequently the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with him and then of the other. 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 – and he gives it so that you may believe as well. Because all this happened to fulfil the words of scripture:
“Not one bone of his will be broken”;
and again, in another place scripture says:
“They will look on the one whom they have pierced”.

The Gospel of the Lord
In Response to the Piercing

Today, on the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we look upon the One we have pierced.
What is the response of His Most Sacred Heart? To pour out upon us His redeeming Blood and purifying water. That is the answer to my piercing.
But what Heart would use the wounds I inflict to shower me with all His Love and His last breath of Life?
Only the Heart of Jesus. Only God.

Applied to Married Life:

Sylvia: I gaze in awe at the Heart of Jesus, with that burning Love He needs to share with us as spouses, and I wonder, why don’t we use it to love each other more?
Richard: It’s incredible that the Lord offers us His Nuptial Love for us to enjoy with each other. I think the problem is that He gives it to us along with the Blood of Sacrifice, and that part we want to avoid.
Sylvia: Exactly. We want to live His glory but not His Cross. But I will not miss the opportunity to respond to His burning Love, so I offer myself to Him in sacrifice through Mary.
Richard: I won’t miss it either, so I too offer myself to Mary in sacrifice. Let Her decide for me.

Totus Tuus ego sum.

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