Novena to the Sacred Heart
Day One – 19 June
First Day – What do you desire?
The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him say this and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” …John 1: 35-38
Reflection for the First Day
Jesus addresses the same question to you at the beginning of this novena
‘What do you want?’ St Augustine said that all our desires are really a longing for God in disguise – where there is real desire, there is prayer. So, be at peace in your desire, you are already praying!
Lord, I come to You at the start of this Novena with a muddle of desires. Give me courage, to listen to what You want to say to me about these desires and give me the strength to accept Your loving desires for me and for my loved ones.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
Lord Jesus, the needs of Your people,
open Your Sacred Heart in love for each of us.
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 love us most, when we love ourselves least,
You forgive us most, when we forgive ourselves least
and You call us to spread Your love
in whatever way we can.
Lord Jesus, Your Sacred Heart
is moved with compassion
when we are suffering,
when we need Your help
and when we pray for each other.
I ask You to listen to my prayer during this Novena
and grant what I ask.
(Mention your intention silently.)
If what I ask is not for my own good
and the good of others,
grant me what is best,
that I may build up Your kingdom
of love in our world.