SCRIPTURE: ‘Follow me and I will make you fishers of people.’ (l\/lt.4:17)
MEDITATION: Jesus needs men and women who are willing to be witnesses of his love and his truth. To their credit, Peter and Andrew responded immediately, ‘they left their nets at once and followed him.’ They were ordinary weak individuals to whom Jesus made a promise. ‘I will make you fishers of people.’ With his grace they followed him to martyrdom.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we are often afraid to follow you closely. Afraid of where our ‘yes’ might lead us: loss of status, ridicule, suffering. Help us to believe that in becoming more like you, we will become our true selves.
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 4: Sunday 3 June