SCRIPTURE: ‘Then he took some bread, and when he had given thanks, broke it and gave it to them saying, “this is my body which will be given for you . . ."’ (Lk.22:19).
MEDITATION: His body refers not just to his physical body but to his whole person: soul, heart and mind. ‘For us and our salvation he came down from heaven.’ These words are the lens to understand the death of Jesus who died that we might have life. Today the risen Lord is labouring for us, as St Ignatius used say, continually interceding before his Father for us.
PRAYER: Father, your Son's final act of love is almost beyond our comprehension. Help us to receive his lIfe-giving love and with your grace become men and women with and for others.
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 5: Monday 4 June
A Heart Given For Us