SCRIPTURE: Among the pagans the rulers lord it over them and their great men make their authority felt. This is not to happen among you. No; anyone who wants to be first among you must be your servant . . . just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve . . .’ (Mt.2o:25—28).
MEDITATION: There is a part of us that likes to be the boss! Some have great gifts of leadership or organisation. Jesus reminds his disciples, and also ourselves, that leadership and authority are a service, not an ego trip.
PRAYER: Give the grace of even-handedness to all who have authority be it at home, at work, in Church or state. Forgive us, Lord, for the times we were heavy handed when dealing with those in our care.
Closing prayer each day
Lord Jesus, your Sacred Heart is always open in love to each of us, especially when we are suffering. To all who come to you seeking your help, you show your compassion and healing power.
You care for us when we are lost, sympathise with us in loneliness and comfort us in mourning; you are closest to us when we are weakest. You reach out your hand to us when we stumble and have most need of your help. I ask you to listen to my prayer during this Novena, and grant what I ask. If what l ask is not for my own or others’ good, grant me always what is best, that I may build your kingdom of love in our world. Amen.
The Sacred Heart Novena
Day 1: Thursday 31 May
A Humble Heart