Grace and peace be yours

The Holy Innocents, martyrs.

« Grace and peace be yours from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first to be raised from death and who is also the ruler of the kings of the worlds. He loves us and by his sacrificial death, he has freed us from our sins, and made us a kingdom of priests to serve his God and Father. To Jesus Christ be the glory and power for ever and ever. Amen. Look, he is coming on the clouds ! Everyone will see him, including those who pierced him. All peoples on earth will mourn over him. » (Apocalypse 1)

« Everyone will see him, including thoses who pierced him. » : here we recognise anew ( a bit transformed) this quote from Zachariah 12, that st John had already used in order to give a permanent and salvatory sense of the piercing of the Heart (John 19). All the peoples of the earth will recognise the Christ during his second coming in Glory, and his pierced Heart will then be the great sign of our redemption… redemption that has been acquired by the effusion of his blood, to which will join the blood of martyrs in the course of history.

Prayer :

Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary, have mercy on us.