You Did It to Me
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat (Mt 25:35).
‘I sought myself and myself I could not find;
I sought my God, and my God I could not find.
I sought my brother and I found all three, my God, my brother and myself.’
So goes a verse from some years ago, gender bias included. It echoes words of St John, that if we do not recognise God in people whom we can see, we will find it difficult to recognise the God whom we cannot see.
It’s all too easy, Lord, to pass by on the other side. And yet, within each person on the edge of society, there beats a heart like yours and mine. The rough sleeper, the migrant, the addicted person, the prisoner, all shed their tears when nobody is looking.
And we hurry along to the next ‘important’ appointment, or trudge along, worrying about our problems, wondering why you don’t solve them or where you are.
And all the time, you are hiding in plain sight, well disguised, poorly dressed, in need of a wash.
Lord, that I may see.
(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.