June 11, 2021

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus


The Book of the Prophet Hosea   11: 1, 3-4, 8-9

1:1 The word of the Lord that came to Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam, the son of Joash, king of Israel.
1:3 And he went out and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; and she conceived and bore him a son.
1:4 And the Lord said to him: “Call his name Jezreel because, after a little while, I will visit the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and I will put the kingdom of the house of Israel to rest.
1:5 And in that day, I will crush the stronghold of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.”
1:8 And she weaned her, who was called Without Mercy. And she conceived and bore a son.
1:9 And he said: “Call his name, Not My People, for you are not my people, and I will not be yours.

Second Reading

Ephesians 3: 8- 12, 14- 19

3:8 Although I am the least of all the saints, I have been given this grace: to evangelize among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
3:9 and to enlighten everyone concerning the dispensation of the mystery, hidden before the ages in God who created all things,
3:10 so that the manifold wisdom of God may become well-known to the principalities and powers in the heavens, through the Church,
3:11 according to that timeless purpose, which he has formed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
3:12 In him we trust, and so we approach with confidence, through his faith.
3:14 By reason of this grace, I bend my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
3:15 from whom all paternity in heaven and on earth takes its name.
3:16 And I ask him to grant to you to be strengthened in virtue by his Spirit, in accord with the wealth of his glory, in the inner man,
3:17 so that Christ may live in your hearts through a faith rooted in, and founded on, charity.
3:18 So may you be able to embrace, with all the saints, what is the width and length and height and depth
3:19 of the charity of Christ, and even be able to know that which surpasses all knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.


The Holy Gospel According to John     19: 31-37

19:31 Then the Jews, because it was the preparation day, so that the bodies would not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a great day), they petitioned Pilate in order that their legs might be broken, and they might be taken away.
19:32 Therefore, the soldiers approached, and, indeed, they broke the legs of the first one, and of the other who was crucified with him.
19:33 But after they had approached Jesus, when they saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
19:34 Instead, one of the soldiers opened his side with a lance, and immediately there went out blood and water.
19:35 And he who saw this has offered testimony, and his testimony is true. And he knows that he speaks the truth, so that you also may believe.
19:36 For these things happened so that the Scripture would be fulfilled: “You shall not break a bone of him.”
19:37 And again, another Scripture says: “They shall look upon him, whom they have pierced.”