THE FAITH-FEAST OF THE SACRED HEART AND THE HOLY EUCHARIST
Following immediately upon Paschaltide the Church celebrates three great "Faith-Feasts" in succession" Trinity Sunday (Sunday after Pentecost), Corpus Christi (Thursday after Trinity) and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Friday after the Octave-day of Corpus Christi ). We are celebrating the Sacred Heart at our Mass this Sunday as an "External Solemnity".
This "Faith-Feast" of the Sacred Heart draws us deeper into the Mystery of Faith in the Holy Eucharist. (These excerpts are taken from Rules for the Spiritual Life by Fr. Jose Guadalupe Trevinyo.)
"Jesus, as man, that is in His Sacred Humanity, is not to be found really except in Heaven and in the consecrated Host."
In that Sacred Humanity, which is contained within the Real Presence of the Holy Eucharist, Jesus both sees us and loves us with all of the affections of His Sacred Human Heart.
Jesus not only sees us, He also loves us. He loves us as God, He loves us as man. His Heart, as the Church exclaims in the Preface of the Mass for the Feast of the Sacred Heart, has never ceased to burn with love toward each and every soul.
If the Heart of Jesus loves us, as it certainly does, and if we also love it, as our conscience bears witness that we do, then Jesus and ourselves, far from being separated by the immense distance between heaven and earth, are intimately united by the indestructible bonds of love.
When we are in the presence of the Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist, we do well to foster an awareness of the fact that we are near Jesus as the One who sees us, who knows everything about us, and who loves us-who purely and simply loves us. In human relations there is always the danger that some- one we love will "know" something about us which diminishes us in their eyes, and so maybe they will love us less or even not at all.
That does not happen with God. Knowing us intimately as He does, Jesus Savior continues to love us perfectly. His love is a merciful love, freely given. Of the Holy Eucharist, St. Francis of Assisi said, "It is the one sensible manifestation that we still have of the Son of God."
This jubilee Year of the Eucharist in our Archdiocese of Boston, inaugurated last Sunday, is season of grace for us to be renewed by our faith in the Eucharistic Jesus Christ. Three things are important in this regard: