Jesus the friend of sinners
Scripture: When Jesus came to the spot he looked up and spoke to him, “Zacchaeus, come down. Hurry, because I am going to stay at your house today”. And he hurried down and welcomes him joyfully (Lk. 19:5-7).
In prayer, we come as loved and forgiven sinners to meet Jesus. He told us that he came to call sinners to repentance, and that he would give his life for love of them. He sought out their company, as he did Zacchaeus, and changed their lives forever.
Lord, you came to invite sinners to be your friends. Help us to recognize our need for your healing and forgiveness. When you forgive, you also forget our sins. Help us to do the same for ourselves and others.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, heal us in body and spirit.
(spend some quiet time in prayer with Jesus … speak to Jesus… hear Jesus… feel His Presence with you)
Closing Prayer for each day
Lord Jesus, your Sacred Heart is always open in love to each of us, especially when we are suffering. To all who come to you seeking your help, you show your compassion and healing power.
You care for us when we are lost, sympathise with us in loneliness and comfort us in mourning; you are closest to us when we are weakest. You reach out your hand to us when we stumble and have most need of your help. I ask you to listen to my prayer during this Novena, and grant what I ask… (make your request silently)
If what I ask is not for my own or other’s good, grant me always what is best, that I may build your kingdom of love in our world. Amen.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you. Amen.