Re: Sacred Heart of Jesus--Every month, week, day, certain hours
MEDITATION FOR THE FIRST FRIDAY IN EACH
On the sentiments of the Heart of Jesus Christ at the sight
of the ingratitude of men, and of the outrages, to which
His excessive love for these very men, has exposed Him.
WE may represent to ourselves the pitiable state to
which the Son of God was reduced in the garden of
Olives, when He allowed His imagination to bring
before Him, with the greatest liveliness possible, and
with all the circumstances that added to His affliction,
the greatness of His torments and the indignity of the
insults He would have to endure, unto the end of ages,
from three kinds of persons: from the Jews who would
not acknowledge Him ; from heretics who, though they
would acknowledge Him, would not believe in His
benefits ; and from the faithful themselves, who, believing
in Him, would repay Him only with ingratitude.
At this sight He began to fear, as the Gospel tells us,
to be sad and sorrowful, and at last He fell into a sort
of agony, receiving no consolation from any one, not
even from His faithful disciples, to whom He complained
of it, when He said to them : " My soul is
sorrowful unto death, and you forsake me, when you
see me reduced to so miserable a state." Let us
imagine that Jesus Christ is making this complaint
FIRST POINT.—The sentiments of the Heart of Jesus Christ at
the sight of the torments He would have to endure, from the
cruelty of the Jews.
Consider what were the sentiments of Jesus Christ,
when He represented to Himself distinctly on one hand,
the singular favours He had bestowed on this people,
and on the other, the cruelties and the outrages, that He
would have to endure from this very nation, after...