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Rev. John Campoli, i.v.dei
His Love Ministries

Remember that our heavenly Father has our best interests at the forefront of His plan for our lives. Jesus always walks with us, especially in our sufferings. Cling to Him with everything you’ve got and give Him all your pain, suffering, and disillusions. He can turn them into joy, and glory and, finally, will turn our death into life.

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Daily Meditation

June is the Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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A Homily for the Feast of the Sacred Heart by Deacon Jim Mackintosh

Today, we celebrate the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Twenty years ago, the world was captivated by a movie called Braveheart, about the life and death of a man trying to elevate the poor and oppressed in  Scotland in the 13th century.  William Wallace captivated the imagination of many and the hatred of others. The haters were the powerful and the wealthy. At the film's end, as he dies, he cries, “Freedom!” Having ancestors from Scotland, I was thrilled watching that scene but doubted the accuracy. Contemporary Witnesses and scholars agree that he was unable to speak, crying in pain and fear. In today’s gospel, we read about the final moments of Jesus Christ. Another man who raised the hopes and aspirations of the oppressed and made enemies of the powerful and the wealthy. Another man whose final words at his death started with the same letter, except he said, “It is finished!” contemporary witnesses and historians have never challenged those final words. He proved that the Sacred Heart is far more potent than the brave! I still get chills every time I read this.

In today’s Gospel, we find people divided into two camps in the presence of His sacred heart.  Jesus’ enemies made the first request. The second by friends. Both were members of the Sanhedrin. But they stand in stark contrast to one another. One side wants Jesus’ legs brutally broken. The other side wants the opportunity to give him an honorable burial. Something about the cross ultimately brings people to one side or the other. In Matt 12:30, Jesus says, "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.” We have met many people who want to be neutral about Christ. They give him a bit of honor to console his followers. They acknowledge him as a good man or perhaps even a prophet. But they refuse to bow to him as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. They refuse to acknowledge his atoning death as the only way of salvation. Their position is politically correct as far as the world is concerned but diabolically opposed to the kingdom of God. Christ has come. He has laid down his life on the cross as a sacrifice for sin. Since he has come, there can be no neutral position concerning him. To be exposed to the gospel is to be called to a decision that establishes one’s eternal destiny before God. Here are two camps at the cross of Christ. One is set against him. The other is set for him. Even as Simeon had prophesied when he took the baby, Jesus, in his arms and said to Mary, “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be spoken against so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. " The thoughts of many hearts were revealed that day Jesus suffered on the cross. The thoughts of hearts continue to be revealed wherever and whenever the story of that suffering is preached.

The first request came to Pilate from the Jewish leaders who had insisted upon Jesus’ crucifixion. Their concern was for ceremonial purity during the Passover. They did not want the bodies left on the cross during the Sabbath. By the letter of the law, they were right. Scripture told them, “If a man guilty of a capital offense is put to death and his body is hung on a tree, you must not leave his body on the tree overnight. Be sure to bury him that same day because anyone who is hung on a tree is under God’s curse. You must not desecrate the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance.” How can the perfectly obedient, spotless Messiah be under God’s curse? He came under God’s curse because of our sins. Suppose we don’t see that; we will never see the horrific nature of sin. Without that revelation, our sin seems to be little more than a tragic mistake, a simple manifestation of human weakness or poor judgment. It is only when we see Christ crucified on a bloody cross because of our sins that we understand what we have done.

The second request came to Pilate from a man named Joseph of Arimathea. That took a lot of courage because the response to that request was most uncertain. Would Pilate respond irrationally and lash out at Joseph? Would the Sanhedrin take a personal interest in destroying such a friend of Jesus even as they had set themselves to kill Jesus? Joseph had a lot to lose. He was a godly, highly respected property owner of wealth. All of those were factors in his timidity before this day. But something happened that day that changed all that. They had seen Jesus’ life before that day. They had doubts about hearing his teachings and knew about his miracles. But today, they encountered Christ crucified. As important as Jesus' teachings and miracles are, as important as the example of his life is, none of that is complete without his death and resurrection. These men saw the Savior pour his precious blood on the cross that day. Did we comprehend that even in this dark hour, God had His man to accomplish His purposes? The vultures and dogs typically ate the bodies of those crucified. At best, they were laid in a shallow pauper’s grave. But the Eternal Father, who had prepared a body for Jesus at his birth, is now watching over his body at his death. God has prepared you and me for such a time as this. There are challenges for us to face today, just as there were in biblical times. How will you and I respond to the death of Christ? How will we respond to the great sacrifice he made for us?

          The Crucifixion is not just a story about a good person who died a terrible and unjust death. It is the story of God’s solution for our sins. There is a story of a French King who was distressed by the abuse suffered by  Jesus from the religious leaders, soldiers, and crowd at Calvary. He said I wish I had been there with 10,000 of my soldiers. I would have cut their throats sooner than they should have touched Him. His confessor told the king that he knew nothing of the real significance of the cross. My dear King, you were there in the crowd that day. I was there in my sin as well. We all were there, and all were guilty. For you and me, Jesus prayed, “Father, Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Our sin brought the curse on Jesus. We do not see the horror of our sinfulness without knowing that. On the cross, Jesus exchanged his righteousness for our sinfulness! He came under God’s curse so that you and I could come under God’s blessing. He accepted the curse and judgment that was due to us so that we might receive the blessing and honor that is due him. If Jesus had not given his life on the cross as a sacrifice for sins and risen victoriously from the grave, the Spirit could not have been poured out on the day of Pentecost. The Braveheart and the Great Heart pale compared to The Sacred Heart...who gave His all, so all may be with Him.

About

ABOUT

Father John Campoli

Since 1982, Father John Campoli has conducted healing Masses, Retreats, Parish Missions, and Days of Recollection in the United States, England, Ireland, Trinidad, Belize, and the Middle East.

A priest of the Voluntas Dei Institute was ordained in 1970 for the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey. Father holds a Master’s degree in Theology from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland, and has pursued post-graduate studies in Liturgy at Catholic University. From 1970 until 1991, he served the Diocese as parochial vicar and pastor in several parishes, as well as being the Diocesan Director of Liturgy for ten years.

In 1991, Father felt a call to a more consecrated life and with the bishop’s permission left the diocese to join Voluntas Dei, a Secular Institute of Pontifical Rite. He is a priest in good standing in the Voluntas Dei Institute. As a member of the Institute, he has successfully completed its Safe Environment Program and the criminal background checks as mandated by the Dallas Charter.

Father Campoli has been involved in Renewal and the Healing Ministry for over forty years. He is the author of several books and has appeared on television and radio. In addition to having produced an extensive series of CDs on healing and spirituality, he has written many articles for newspapers and magazines. Father John celebrates a Sunday Mass each week, which is available on YouTube and Facebook

When Father Campoli is asked to give a brief summary of the objectives of the Ministry, he would say that he tries to bring people to an understanding that “God is love, love is mercy, mercy is forgiveness, and forgiveness heals.”

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