Scripture: Luke 24:31-32
And their eyes were opened, and they recognised Him, but He had vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as He talked to us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?’
We recognise these lines from that evening of the first day of the week when two heartbroken disciples walk seven miles to Emmaus. Jesus walks with them, listens to them, speaks to them and joins them at the table. He opens their minds and hearts to the reality of the days that had just passed and their place in the story of salvation. He leaves them, but not before joining His heart with theirs. He left them with a feeling of deepened awareness of the love He held in His heart for all people – for us. On this Feast Day of The Sacred Heart, we might strive to encounter the Lord on our own walk, invite Him to our table, hear His word and allow our hearts to burn as He explains the Scriptures to us.
O, Sacred Heart, may I see in the image with the lamp the presence of One who knows my needs and my gifts. May I allow that image and the lamp to light the path so that I may walk in Your presence and truly show the world that I am Christian in name and in fact. May Your presence ever abide, my faith ever deepen, and my awareness of my need for Your increase. Amen.
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, with 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. …
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.