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dc.contributor.authorStockhausen, Gerry, S.J.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 171en_US
dc.description.abstractThis is one of our most powerful feasts, but it has not always been well served by the "artists" who make and sell religious objects. Jesus with blood dripping from his heart does not stimulate my devotion, anyway. Likewise, some of the prayers connected with devotion to the Sacred Heart strike me as putting the focus on ourselves-human sin and wrong-doing-rather than on God and the redeeming power of that love poured out in Jesus.||If we really mean love when we talk of God's relationship with us human beings, then it must be mutual-not just giving, but receiving as well. God is not a sugar daddy in the sky, but one who wants mutuality, wants to be in relationship with us. That means that God becomes vulnerable to our not loving back. In choosing to love us God chooses to feel the pain of our selfishness, indifference, and rejection. This is the reality that underlies even the worst representations of the Sacred Heart.||There is more. God is vulnerable to the pain of our not loving back, but God's love will not tolerate vengeance or striking back in any way. So God absorbs the violence of our failure to love, and so refuses to take part in the vicious cycles of violence that plague human relationships.|And ourselves? Nourished by his body and blood we, the church born from his pierced heart, get the courage and great-heartedness to do the same. We are strengthened to absorb the violence of our world and respond with love and forgiveness rather than vengeance. In this way we really do become God's gift to our world.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherMost Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnityen_US
dc.titleReflection for Friday, June 30, 2000: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnity.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Business Administrationen_US
dc.program.unitHeider College of Businessen_US
dc.program.unitEconomics and Financeen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorStockhausen, Gerard L., S.J.en_US Timeen_US 12en_US
dc.subject.local1Hosea 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9en_US
dc.subject.local2Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6en_US
dc.subject.local3Ephesians 3:8-12, 14-19en_US
dc.subject.local4John 19:31-37en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ben_US

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