"This is My blood of the covenant,
which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins."
Matthew 26: 28
"Jesus knowing that His hour was come, that He should pass out of this world to the Father: having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them unto the end."
John 13: 1-2
Introit from Mass of the Feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus
"You shall draw waters with joy out of the Savior's fountain."
This is beautiful scripture passage Pope Pius XII uses to open his encyclical on the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Haurietis Aquas (You shall draw waters) - the Latin title - was published on May 15, 1956 in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of the Feast of the Sacred Heart by Pope Pius IX.
In this profound encyclical, the Holy Father Pius XII refutes various arguments against devotion to the Sacred Heart and explores both the Old and New Testament as grounds for this devotion. He also expounds upon what such a devotion means for our spiritual life, that devotion to the Heart of Jesus is to love the heart of God.
May the Heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament,
be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment,
in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen.
"Devotion to the Sacred Heart is our response to the love of God,
revealed in the human Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ."
"There is no surer means of attaining perfection than to be consecrated to the Heart of Jesus. If therefore, we wish to attain that perfection which the adorable Heart of Jesus desires of us, we must make an entire sacrifice of ourselves, and of everything that depends on us, to the Sacred Heart and live entirely for It."
- St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
As we leave the blessed month of Our Lady, we turn our attention to the June - the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. No one knew Our Lord more intimately than His Blessed Mother - every beat of His heart, what made Him ache, the causes of His joys and sorrows, and every tender feeling He experienced.
Palm Sunday is "a great and holy day as it commemorates the last triumph of Our Lord Jesus Christ on earth and opens Holy Week. On this day, the Church celebrates the triumphant entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem; when the multitude, going before and following after Him, cut off branches from the trees and strewed then in His way, shouting, "Hosanna (glory and praise) to the Son of David. Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord." It is the commemoration of this triumph that palms are blessed and borne in solemn procession."
"The Church draws her life from the Eucharist. This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church. In a variety of ways she joyfully experiences the constant fulfillment of the promise: “Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:20), but in the Holy Eucharist, through the changing of bread and wine into the body and blood of the Lord, she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity. " - Ecclesia de Eucharistia (Pope St. John Paul II)
Septuagesima is now but nine days away, and so in the month of February, the Church turns our attention toward the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - that we may begin to prepare our hearts for the holy season of Lent.