15 Jun Blood, Sweat, and Tears (John 19-33-34) by Rosemary Bernth
“But when they came to Jesus and saw that 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. “ ~ John 19:33-34 (full readings)
Rosemary’s Reflections: Blood and water are vital life liquids. Our bodies would die without them–our muscles would grow weak. Our hearts would stop beating. Yet Jesus was willing to sacrifice both to cleanse us of our sins. He came so that we might have eternal life. We are reminded of this sacrifice every celebration of Eucharist with the Blood of Christ shed for so many. This is a great example for us to follow in our pro-life efforts–we must be willing to pour our hearts into this cause. We have to keep working hard in this fight, even when everyone else says the odds are against us. Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, was able to conquer death. Can we, the Body of Christ, not also do the same?
* Rosemary Bernth (LIFE Runner) was a journalist for the Diocese of Sioux City’s newspaper and is now a writing/travel graduate student at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Feast Day: Sacred Heart of Jesus
Faith Quote: “Don’t worry about taking up my time, because the time best spent is that spent in the sanctification of souls, and I don’t know how to thank our Heavenly Father when He presents me some souls that I can help in some way.” ~ St. Padre Pio
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion (images) is #1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/spassage/?searchacrifice/mercy). Mt 28:19.