The Heart of Jesus, High Priest and Victim:
Living Revelation of Divine Mercy

Audio series

Lenten Holy Hours to Pray for Priests
with Reflections Based on the Letter to the Hebrews
and the Encyclical “Rich in Mercy” by Venerable Pope John Paul II
in the “Year for Priests”

Presentations by Father Joseph E. Rogers
Archdiocese of Washington D.C.

given at:

St. Patrick Catholic Church
4101 Norbeck Road
Rockville, MD 20853

Listen to the Reflections
March 16, 2010: Heb. 1:1-4 - God Has Spoken His Mercy through the Heart of His Son
March 23, 2010: Heb. 5:7-10 - Jesus Christ: Trustworthy and Merciful High Priest and Victim
March 30, 2010: Heb. 9:16-17 - The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus: Mediator and Victim of the New Covenant

“The main point in all that has been said is this: we have such a high priest.”
-- Heb 8:1


“Dear brothers and sisters, let us pause together to contemplate the pierced Heart of the Crucified One. We have heard again, just now, in the brief reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians, that ‘God who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ [. . .] and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus’ (Eph 2:4-6). To be in Jesus Christ, is to be already seated in heaven. The essential nucleus of Christianity is expressed in the Heart of Jesus; in Christ the whole of the revolutionary newness of the Gospel was revealed and given to us: the Love that saves us and already makes us live in God’s eternity. [. . .] His divine Heart therefore calls to our hearts, inviting us to come out of ourselves, to abandon our human certainties to trust in him and, following his example, to make of ourselves a gift of love without reserve. [. . .] Only in this way will we be able to cooperate effectively in the mysterious ‘plan of the Father’ that consists in ‘making Christ the Heart of the world’! This plan is brought about in history, as Jesus gradually becomes the Heart of human hearts, starting with those who are called to be closest to him: priests, precisely.”

– Pope Benedict XVI, Homily to Begin the Year for Priests


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