SCRIPTURE: ‘. . . they crucified him there and two criminals also, one on the right, the other on the left. Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing."’ (Lk.23:33).
MEDITATION: Even in his agony Jesus’ mind and heart reaches out to those who have planned and carried out his death: Judas, Pilate, the Jewish leaders, the ﬁckle crowd who cried out, ‘crucify him, crucify him’. Indeed, he seems to excuse them. As the years passed perhaps they remembered these words and opened their hearts to receive his forgiveness.
PRAYER: Jesus, you know how a harsh word or an unjust deed can bring out our anger and desire to get even. Heal us from things that were done to us and give us the grace to seek your blessing on those who hurt or harmed us
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 7: Wednesday 6 June
A Forgiving Heart