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Liturgical day: Sacred Heart of Jesus (B)

Gospel text (Jn 19,31-37): When they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead; so they did not break his legs. One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a lance and immediately there came out blood and water. The one who has seen here gives his witness so that you may believe: his witness is true and He knows that he speaks the truth. All this happened to fulfill the words of Scripture, ‘Not one of his bones shall be broken’. Another text says: ‘They shall look on him whom they have pierced’. As it was Preparation Day, the Jews did not want the bodies to remain on the cross during the Sabbath, for this Sabbath was a very solemn day. They asked Pilate to have the legs of the condemned men broken, so they might take away the bodies. The soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who had been crucified with Jesus.

When they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead; so they did not break his legs. One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a lance and immediately there came out blood and water. The one who has seen here gives his witness so that you may believe: his witness is true and He knows that he speaks the truth. All this happened to fulfill the words of Scripture, ‘Not one of his bones shall be broken’. Another text says: ‘They shall look on him whom they have pierced’.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, we contemplate astonished the "burst Heart" of Christ. He was already dead! Was this last act of violence necessary? Jesus wanted to remain with the "open heart" so that, entering it, we have access to the love of the Father and of the Holy Spirit. This is God: Open Infinite Love.

- That spear thrust could not hurt Christ, because he had already given his life. But it hurt the Virgin Mary. Did it hurt you?