Ordinary Time: June 14th
Tuesday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time
Old Calendar: St. Basil the Great, confessor, bishop and doctor
According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Basil the Great. His feast in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is celebrated on January 2.
Meditation - The Eucharistic Presence of the Sacred Heart
In the Holy Eucharist the incarnate Son of God is present whole and entire — soul and body, divinity and humanity. In every consecrated Host, therefore, His Sacred Heart is present, an integral part of His glorified body, that living organ which for all the years of His mortal life pulsed His precious blood through artery and vein, and faithfully responded to every joy and every sorrow of His soul in both its Christ-life and its Jesus-life. After the consecration at every Holy Mass, in every Host received in Holy Communion, and in every tabernacle wherein the Blessed Sacrament is actually housed, there is present the Heart which is the most magnificent sanctum of the Holy Trinity and the universal instrument for the realization of all the Savior designs of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; there is present the Heart by whose wisdom, mercy, and love those Savior designs were so gloriously executed; there is the Heart which is the living source and symbol of His whole life and work, both as the Christ of God and as the Jesus of the world, and therefore the source and symbol of the floods of light and streams of energy poured out to souls after that fatal hour in Paradise; yes, there is present on the altar the Heart which accounts even for this Eucharistic Presence itself, since it was from the love fountains of this Heart that came His desire to eat that Pasch with His beloved Apostles on Holy Thursday night and to speak those mysteriously sweet and mighty words: "Do ye this in commemoration of Me!" — Our Way to the Father by Rev. Leo M. Krenz, S.J.