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Monday, October 19, 2020

Reflection 2020-10-20 Tuesday 29th Week in Ordinary Time – St Margaret Mary Alacoque

Ephesians 2:12-22; Psalm 85; Luke 12:35-38
There is some “prophecy” spreading around that talks of three days of darkness or of the coming apocalypse. Many have been troubled by these “prophecies”. What should be a Christian’s attitude toward these “prophecies”. For one, Jesus told us no one knows when he will come again. If these prophecies have dates in them, then we are not to believe them. Second is these are private revelations so we are not bound to believe them. Third, what these prophecies say may come true, but is a Christian supposed to panic and worry about them?
The First Reading tells us Jesus is our peace who has broken down every wall, which is the hostility between us. He has reconciled Jew and Gentile into one. Aside from reconciling Jews and Gentiles, Jesus also reconciles us with God. This reconciliation brings peace.
Jesus tells us in the Gospel today to be dressed for action and have your lamps lit. When we are ready for the coming of Jesus, we will not worry about these “prophecies”. We will even welcome the coming of Christ!
St Margaret Alacoque was a visionary to whom Jesus appeared as the Sacred Heart. With these apparitions, Jesus told her he wanted people to love him and his desire to show his Heart with its treasure of love and mercy, sanctification and salvation. This desire of Jesus to be loved does not come from his inferiority where he needed others to love him so he can feel his self worth. Instead, Jesus wants us to love him so we can unite ourselves to his Heart and live our lives to please God. This is the only way towards holiness. If we do not love Jesus, then we will have rejected him and we will not be united with him. But this love for Jesus comes from the love of Jesus for us.
The apparition of the Sacred Heart is a call to love Jesus.
In the last days of her life, Mary Alacoque repeated this: What have I in heaven and what do I desire on earth, but you alone, O my God. We find peace, when we find Jesus. We find Jesus when we seek him. When we seek him, we will find him. Jesus is what we should desire. He cares for us, he loves us, which is why he became man, to show the immense love of the Father for us. Jesus took on flesh, suffered, crucified and died, so we can have life. His Sacred Heart was pierced and blood and water flowed out of it. This blood and water proves his humanity.
There is nothing to fear. St Mary Alacoque said Keep your heart in peace and let nothing trouble you, not even your faults. You must humble yourself and amend them peacefully, without being discouraged or cast down for God’s dwelling is in peace.
If you are searching for peace, seek Jesus because he is YOUR peace. Come to Jesus.
Lord, I seek peace, in the midst of this troubled life. Help me and lead me to you. I surrender all that troubles me today. I offer them to you, to do as you wish. Take them for the glory of your name. St Mary Alacoque, lead me to Jesus. Help me to unite myself to his Sacred Heart.

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