SCRIPTURE: ‘Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother. . . Seeing his mother and the disciple he loved standing near her, Jesus, said to his mother, “Woman, this is your son." Then to the disciple he said, “This is your mother". And from that moment the disciple made a place for her in his home.’ (Jn.19:25-27).
MEDITATION: The hearts of Jesus and Mary were united; united in intimacy, united in mission. Now as Jesus is about to die, he entrusts his mother to John to look after her and entrusts John and all future disciples to Mary’s maternal care.
PRAYER: Jesus, thank you for the gift of your mother as our mother. Mary, thank you for your ‘yes’ which gave us your Son as our saviour. Watch over us and all belonging to us. In spite of our weakness, help us again and again to walk in his ways.
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 8: Thursday 7 June