The Weight of the World
Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping ‘Could you not watch one hour with me?’, he asked Peter (Mt 26:40-41).
After all the promises. ‘Ready to go to prison and to death’ (Lk 22:33).
He was never so alone, his heart crushed with grief. Bent to the ground with the weight of the world on his shoulders.
Was anybody there? Just to be there. Not to give advice or take away the pain.
Ordinary human presence when he needed it most.
I’m not sure I would have stayed awake either. If I had been with you all that time;
if I had seen you transform the lives of hundreds of people with a word or a touch;
if I had felt my boat almost sink under the weight of hundreds of fish;
if you had given me the best days of my life;
and then if I saw you that night, weeping in despair and fear, I’m not sure I could have taken it.
Help me not to give into the temptation to hide away when there is pain to be faced, whether it is my own or that of somebody else.
(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.