Dehonian Spirituality includes a monthly reflection and prayer based in the spirituality of Fr. Leo John Dehon, founder of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians).
Reflections from Fr. Leo John Dehon, founder of the Priests of the Sacred Heart
Before making his last sacrifice, Jesus wants to show himself to the whole nation in his royal dignity, as the liberating Messiah, to receive the adoration of his people, and somehow take possession of the holy city. But he also wants to give his triumph the character of humility and gentleness that was to mark his messianic reign. He goes from Bethany to Jerusalem, surrounded by a large crowd who came to Bethany with the desire to see the new prophet and because of the sensation caused by the resurrection of Lazarus.
On the way, in Bethphage, our Lord borrows a donkey and its colt. The colt will be his triumphant mount. The prophet Zachariah had foretold this modest royal entrance [Zachariah 9:9]. Jerusalem is filled with people because the Passover feast was approaching. A crowd goes in front of Jesus and gives him a triumphant welcome in the Eastern manner. They carry palms, they lay their coats on the road, and they shout, “Hosanna!”
This is the prince of peace. He comes to us with simplicity and with love. Will we still hesitate to go to him with confidence?
The prophecy of Zachariah adapts itself perfectly to the royal visit when Jesus comes to us in Holy Communion. It is really a king who comes, the king of heaven; he is our king. He is a peaceful king; he comes with his hands filled with graces and blessings. This is our king and our God: Hosanna in the highest!
How will we make sure that we receive him worthily, so that his divine Heart will delight in this visit? There is something to imitate in the enthusiasm of the Jews. They laid their coats on the ground, they held up palm and olive branches. These are signs of humility, joy, peace, and victory. Are these not the dispositions we must bring to the royal visit in the Eucharist? The Jews stripped themselves of their coats; our Lord expects from us another kind of dispossession, he desires to see us take off and put at his feet our coat of lukewarmness, of a natural and comfortable life, of concessions to the world and its habits.
He awaits our praises, our alleluia, our victory songs. He wants to find in our souls the peace symbolized by the olive tree, the peace that results from recollection, attention, and prayer.
Let us give to the Heart of our King this satisfaction, this joy, to find our hearts well-disposed, very generous, and completely devoted to his glory.
The Year with the Sacred Heart, March: “Palm Sunday”
In your kindness throughout the coming week, please remember in Sunday, April 5, is Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. In your kindness throughout the coming week, please remember in your prayers those who receive Jesus in their hearts and witness to him in their lives. You may find helpful the following Prayer of Oblation for the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, taken from the Prayer Book of the Priests of the Sacred Heart in the United States Province.
you invite us to share the gift
of your body and blood in the Eucharist.
Accept the offering we make of ourselves:
and our joys and sufferings.
Teach us to make ourselves available
to proclaim your mercy to the world
and so to prepare
for the coming of your reign.