Fr. Michael’s Message
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy on us!
This month of June is a month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. What does this devotion mean, and why is it so important? I have a few thoughts. One is that this devotion reminds us that Jesus’ heart has been, literally, broken open on the Cross, and that this wound is still there. Even in His resurrection, Jesus still has His wounds. This means that our wounds, when they are opened up to Jesus, can become glorious. They can become reservoirs of Grace, rather than strongholds of bitterness and hurt.
Another aspect of this devotion is that it helps us to recognize the truth of the Incarnation: God has truly become Man: Jesus loves us with a human and Divine Heart. There is a human heart beating at the right hand of the Father. That means that our own humanity–our body, soul, mind, memory, all of it–can be redeemed and become Holy. Our bodies matter. Your body is not just a clump of material, it is the way by which you encounter the love of God and salvation.
It is especially in the encounter with the Body of Jesus, the Eucharist, that we become more ourselves, more perfectly united to Him and to one another. This month we also round out our time getting pages for the Renew and Rejoice Capital Campaign. At the time of this writing, we have over $2.3 million pledged, well on our way to our $3.2 million goal.
I would like to thank all those who have pledged, to invite those who have not yet pledged, and to challenge all of us to be as sacrificial and generous as possible in considering this project. The Monsignor Crowe Community Center and the rebuilding of our campus will impact our community, and the outreach and evangelization of our area, for generations to come. Lives will be changed, eternal destinies impacted, by your generosity.
Thank you so much and let’s keep on digging deep to make this vision a reality.