Can a Mother forget her baby?
Scripture: His mother stored up all these things in her heart (Lk 2:51).
Jesus received his human heart from his mother Mary. From before his birth, she loved him ‘with love beyond all telling’. Her loving heart formed his loving heart. He was always her child. She knew him as well as any mother could, and yet there were times when she did not understand him.
The second chapter of St Luke’s Gospel tells us beautifully about the early life of Jesus and her place in it. We know only a certain amount. The rest was stored in her heart.
(spend some quiet time in prayer with Jesus & Mary…
speak to Jesus… hear Jesus… feel His Presence with you…)
Mary, you are our mother too. Sometimes you were so happy that your spirit rejoiced in God your Saviour. At other times a sword pierced your very soul. And yet you remained faithful. Your love for Jesus was unbreakable, but it also broke your heart. Help us to know your Son, and to know that whether we rejoice or are in distress, you and he are with us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
Closing Prayer for each day
Lord Jesus, you have said, ‘Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you’. I come to you in faith and trust, in love and hope. Let me know your closeness to me, and your care of me and for all who are dear to me.
My intention for this Novena is dear to me and I know that what is important to me, is important to you. Hear my prayer (mention your intention);
grant what I ask, and may I always trust that in all that happens in life, you will be close to me as my friend, guide and saviour. And so,
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you. Amen.