A Human Heart
As soon as she saw him Mary threw herself at his feet, saying, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died’. In great distress, with a sigh that came straight from the heart, Jesus asked ‘Where have you put him?’ They said, ‘Lord, come and see’. Jesus wept; and the Jews said, ‘See how much he loved him’ (Jn 11:32-35).
Jesus wept’, the shortest verse in the Bible. If we ever doubt the humanity of Jesus, we need look no further. Mary, Martha and Lazarus were dear friends of his. Their home was a refuge, away from the crowds.
When he was tired, misunderstood, opposed, he loved to stay with them. He needed human company.
Lord, life gets too busy at times. Mary got it right when Martha was fussing in the kitchen. I’m sure Martha found time to talk to you eventually. We know nothing about what Lazarus did that day. But you wouldn’t have wept with sighs from your heart if he didn’t mean a lot to you.
So you must have had good times together. Did you walk the fields? Admire the crops? Discuss the weather?
I’d love to spend that kind of time with you too. We would have lots to talk about…
(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.