God gives Himself to me, to us ...
Scripture: When Jesus turned and saw them following, He said to them, ’What are you looking for?’ They said to Him, ‘Rabbi’ (which means teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ (John 1:35-39).
Gently think about ways in which you’ve sensed God’s call, and indeed, God’s challenge to you. Ask to know that more deeply, more authentically; ask, too, for the grace to respond generously, that you may not be deaf to His call. Stay with whatever emerges in your reflection as long as you can; offer you desires to the Heart of Christ and, if a conversation with Christ grows out of your prayer, let it happen.
Desire: That I may be more aware of how God calls me and of my freedom to respond.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, open our hearts to you.
(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.