Posted by: frburke23 | June 26, 2014

Thought for Friday – Sacred Heart of Jesus

Matthew 11:25-30

At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to little ones.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was placed officially on the Church calendar in 1856, but devotion to the Sacred Heart dates back to the Middle Ages.  It is a feast on which we honor the great love that Jesus Christ has for us.

In 1256 on the feast of St. John the Evangelist, a Benedictine German mystic by the name of St. Gertrude had a profound vision in which she laid her head near the wound in the side of Jesus and heard the beating of the Sacred Heart.  This is significant because of course St. John laid his head at the breast of Jesus at the Last Supper.

I too had a similar vision several years in which I rested my head at the chest of Jesus and heard His most Sacred Heart beating.  It was an experience of profound peace and joy and grace.  I can still go back to that moment and receive graces that are unending.

Then in the year 1673, Jesus appeared Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque in France.  Jesus revealed to her the desires of His Heart, which was to inspire devotion of the Sacred Heart.  We don’t know if she knew of the vision that St. Gertrude had some 400 years earlier.  Coincidentally (I don’t believe in coincidences), Jesus appeared to Sr. Margaret Mary on December 27th, the feast of St. John the Evangelist, the same day He appeared to St. Gertrude.

Jesus requested three things in this vision:

1) To receive Communion frequently,

2) To receive Communion especially on the first Friday of each month, and

3) Observe a Holy Hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament (an hour of silent prayer in front of the Eucharist).

As you can see, the desires of Jesus all have to do with the Eucharist.  This makes sense because the Eucharist is the very Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.  And this feast of the Sacred Heart falls on the Friday after we celebrate Corpus Christi every year.  Jesus most powerfully shows us His love in the Eucharist – pouring out His very lifeblood for you and for me.  And in the Eucharistic miracle at Lanciano, Italy (you can google this miracle along with many others), the bread and wine changed into flesh and blood during the Mass.  And the flesh was diagnosed by scientists to be the heart muscle of a human being.  No coincidences with Jesus!

So today as we celebrate the feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, may we recall Jesus’ incredible love for us.  May we remember how He poured out his Blood for us.  May we too rest our heads upon Jesus’ chest and hear His Most Sacred Heart beating, calling us to share His love and mercy with the people around us.

God bless,

Fr. Burke

Here is the Spanish translation:

Mateo 11:25-30

En aquel tiempo, Jesús exclamó:
“Yo te alabo, Padre, Señor del cielo y de la tierra,
porque has ocultado estas cosas
de los sabios y los letrados
se las has revelado a los pequeños.
Sí, Padre, tal ha sido tu beneplácito.
Todas las cosas me han sido entregadas por mi Padre.
Nadie conoce al Hijo sino el Padre,
y nadie conoce al Padre sino el Hijo,
y todo aquel a quien el Hijo se lo quiera revelar.
“Vengan a mí todos los que están afligidos y agobiados,
y yo les daré descanso.
Tomen mi yugo sobre ustedes y aprendan de mí,
porque soy dócil y humilde de corazón;
y hallaran descanso para sus almas.
Porque mi yugo es suave y mi carga ligera”.


La Fiesta del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús fue oficialmente puesta en el calendario de la Iglesia en 1856, pero la devoción al Sagrado Corazón se remonta a la Edad Media. Es una fiesta en la que honramos al gran amor que Jesucristo nos tiene.

En 1256 en la fiesta de San Juan el Evangelista, una benedictina alemana mística con el nombre de Santa Gertrudis tuvo una visión profunda en la que ella puso su cabeza cerca de la herida en el costado de Jesús y escuchó los latidos del Sagrado Corazón. Esto es significativo porque, por supuesto, San Juan puso su cabeza en el pecho de Jesús en la Última Cena.

Yo también tuve una visión similar varios años atrás en la que puse mi cabeza en el pecho de Jesús y escuche el latido de Su Sacratísimo Corazón. Fue una experiencia de profunda paz y alegría y gracia. Todavía puedo volver a ese momento y recibir las gracias interminables.

Luego, en el año 1673, Jesús se le apareció la Hermana Margarita María Alacoque en Francia. Jesús le reveló los deseos de su corazón, lo que era de inspirar la devoción del Sagrado Corazón. No sabemos si ella sabía de la visión que Santa Gertrudis tuvo unos 400 años antes. Coincidentemente (no creo en las coincidencias), Jesús se le apareció a la Hermana Margarita María el 27 de diciembre, la fiesta de San Juan el Evangelista, el mismo día que Él se le apareció a Santa Gertrudis.

Jesús pidió tres cosas en esta visión:
1) De recibir la Comunión frecuentemente,
2) De recibir la Comunión especialmente el primer viernes de cada mes, y
3) Guardar una Hora Santa ante el Santísimo Sacramento (una hora de oración en silencio ante la Eucaristía).

Como puedes ver, todos los deseos de Jesús tienen que ver con la Eucaristía. Esto tiene sentido porque la Eucaristía es el mismo Cuerpo y Sangre de Jesucristo. Y esta fiesta del Sagrado Corazón cae el viernes después que celebramos Corpus Christi cada año. Jesús poderosamente nos muestra su amor en la Eucaristía – derramando su misma sangre vital para ti y para mí. Y en el milagro Eucarístico en Lanciano,  Italia (puedes buscar este milagro en google junto con muchos otros), el pan y el vino se transformaron en carne y sangre durante la Misa. Y la carne fue diagnosticada por científicos de ser el músculo del corazón de un ser humano. ¡No hay coincidencias con Jesús!

Así que hoy, al celebrar la fiesta del Sacratísimo Corazón de Jesús, recordemos el increíble amor de Jesús por nosotros. Recordemos cómo Él derramó su Sangre por nosotros. También descansemos nuestras cabezas sobre el pecho de Jesús y escuchemos el latido de Su Sacratísimo Corazón, llamándonos a compartir Su amor y misericordia con las personas que nos rodean.

Dios los bendiga,

Fr. Burke



  1. Thank you Fr. Your inspiration draws me closer to God, and may his most awesome and divine Heart be our love, Amen. Happy Feast day Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone. From: Fr. Burke MastersSent: Thursday, 26 June 2014 11:22 PMTo: christian_okpe@yahoo.comReply To: Fr. Burke MastersSubject: [New post] Thought for Friday – Sacred Heart of Jesus

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    frburke23 posted: “Matthew 11:25-30

    At that time Jesus exclaimed: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones. Yes, Father, such has been your “

  2. Thank you Father Burke. I believe I once experienced a Eucharistic miracle.

    A few years ago (I don’t know the specific date), I was at mass at my home parish St. Elizabeth Seton, and when the priest held up the consecrated Eucharist, “through Him, in Him and with Him…” the large host appeared to have a heart beat.

    It was amazing. I turned to my oldest son and whispered to him, “did you see that?!” He said “what?” I said, ” the host was breathing. It had a heartbeat.”

    After mass, on the ride home, I asked the rest of my family, and no one else had observed it either.

    Have you ever heard of similar experiences? I do believe it was a miracle and every time the host is raised, I hope in my heart to see Jesus’ heartbeat again.


    Gina Novotny


  3. Thanks Fr. Burke…

    After reading your devotion today found my self humming this:

    Peace is flowing like a river….flowing out of you and me….hmmmm..hmmm hmmmm.

    Been Blessed Rhonda

    His most Sacred Heart….I agree resting our head upon his chest and listening…such peace and rest over comes one.

  4. Have had many little revelations that Jesus is alive and well in our world and in our hearts. His mercy and gifts are endless. I just accept these as living proof of a God who cares.

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