Hard hearts, Compassionate heart
Jesus stood up and said to the woman, ‘Where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?’ ‘No one, sir’, she replied. ‘Neither do I condemn you’, said Jesus.
‘Go away, and don’t sin any more’ (Jn 8:10-14).
Hearts as hard as the stones they want to throw at her. She trembles with fear, head down in shame. Are any of these righteous men free enough from sin and brave enough to cast the first stone? Now it is their turn to hang their heads as he writes in the sand. Jesus straightens up.
Their eyes meet. She knows true love for the first time in her life.
Even if he didn’t say a word about sin, she knows that life will never be the same again.
You know what I’m like Lord. I wouldn’t want you to write my sins in the sand in front of good people, never mind hard-hearted ones. There would be plenty to write about. It wouldn’t make the headlines, but it does matter.
Rather than wait to be dragged before you, why don’t I come willingly? Are you ready?
(spend some quiet time in prayer with Jesus … speak to Jesus… hear Jesus… feel His Presence with you…)
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.