Heart of the Eucharist
He made as if to go on, but they pressed him. ‘Stay with us Lord, for it is evening, and the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them (Lk 24:29).
In a Jesuit community in Paris, there is a painting of this scene at Emmaus. The disciples who have walked with him are with Jesus. He holds bread in his hands.
You look closely to see whether it is his heart or a piece of bread that he is giving to them. It is both. The heart of the Eucharist is the heart of Jesus, the heart of God, the heart of the Church, and the heart of the whole universe. He gives us everything.
We have walked these days with you Lord. We have opened our hearts to you and told you of our blessings. You listened to our hopes and dreams, our struggles and needs. And you made our hearts burn within us as you spoke. We began to understand. Now it is near the end.
Stay with us. Talk to us. Break bread with us again. Thank you.
(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.