In the history of the Church, there were those who believed and preached that humanity is lost and irreparably damned. The feast dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus promotes that this is not the case. Jesus’ infinite love for us was proven on the cross. He does not wish us death. On the cross he gave his life that all “might have life and have it more abundantly” (Jn 10:10). His love reflects the same intense love of the Father who “gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).
GOSPEL • JOHN 19:31-37
Since it was preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken and they be taken down. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus and saw he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out. An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true; he knows that he is speaking the truth, so that you also may come to believe. For this happened so that the Scripture passage might be fulfilled: Not a bone of it will be broken. And again another passage says: They will look upon him whom they have pierced.
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