THE PIERCED HEART
Each day, the course includes a short word, a short text from the Bible and a small action for you to take.
The prayers for the Easter week are to be found in this article.
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“Christ is risen! “announced Mary Magdalene on Easter morning. It would take eight days for the apostle Thomas, who was not with the disciples on the same day, to find in the contemplation of the wound on the side of Jesus, faith not only in Jesus as Master, but as his Lord and God. Throughout Easter week, the Gospels show us Jesus going out to meet each one of us in order to resurrect him and enter into this new way of looking at the world and at events: a way of looking from the heart where faith acts, understands, loves, and sets his disciples in motion; a way of looking that integrates the invisible into the visible. “O Heart, without intelligence, slow to believe what the prophets have announced to you…”. (Lk 24:25) “Faith is a firm assurance of things hoped for, a demonstration of things not seen.”(Heb 11:1)
This week we offer you a series of words from the Bible to meditate on (one per day) until the Ascension to nourish your heart’s impulse towards God, your meditation, your contemplation, your love for God and for mankind during this Easter time. …
We invite you to open your Bible to continue the search for those texts that will nourish your heart.
- “It is from the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks” (Mt 12:34)
- “Receive my instructions, for I am gentle and humble of heart and you will find rest for your souls” (Mt 11:29).
- “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind” (Mt 22:37).
- “Do you have a hardened heart? Having eyes, can’t you see? Having ears, do you not hear? And have you no memory? “(Mk 8:18)
- “He has put forth the strength of his arm, he has scattered those who had proud thoughts in their hearts” (Lk 1:51).
- “The Spirit of the Lord… has sent me to heal the broken-hearted” (Lk 4:18).
- “Having heard the word with an honest and good heart, they hold it back and bear fruit with perseverance” (Lk 8:15).
- “Did not our hearts burn within us as he spoke to us on the way and explained the Scriptures to us? “(Lk 24:32)
- “Let not your heart be troubled, believe in God and believe in me” (Jn 14:1).
- “I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy” (Jn 16:22).
- “Lord, you who know the hearts of all, tell us who you have chosen” (Acts 1:24).
- “And when they heard this, they were pierced in their hearts, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, What shall we do? (Acts 2:37)
- “Every day they were assiduous in the temple, breaking bread in the houses and eating their food with joy and simplicity of heart” (Acts 2:46).
- “The multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul” (Acts 4:32).
- “Why has Satan filled your heart so much that you lie to the Holy Spirit? How could you put such a plan in your heart? “(Acts 5:3-4)
- “Repent therefore of your wickedness and pray to the Lord that the thoughts of your heart may be forgiven you” (Acts 8:22).
- “If you believe in your heart, it is possible – I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (Acts 8:37).
- “He exhorted them all to hold fast to the Lord with a steadfast heart” (Acts 11:23).
- “God, who knows the hearts, has testified to them by giving them the Holy Spirit as to us (Acts 15:8).
- “He made no difference between us and them, having purified their hearts by faith” (Acts 15:9).
- “The Lord opened Lydia’s heart to listen to what Paul was saying” (Acts 16:14).
- “The heart of this people has become numb … until they understand with their hearts, and are converted, and I heal them” (Acts 28:27).
- “God delivered them up according to the lusts of their hearts, so that they themselves should dishonour their own bodies” (Romans 1:24).
- “Hope does not disappoint, for the love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Rom 5:5).
- “Thanks be to God that, after being slaves to sin, you have obeyed wholeheartedly the rule of doctrine in which you were taught” (Romans 8:27).
- “I feel great sadness and have continual sorrow in my heart for my brothers” (Rom 9:2).
- Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is that they may be saved” (Rom 10:1).
- “The word is near thee in thy mouth and in thy heart. It is the word of faith that we preach” (Rom 10:8).
- “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, if you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. It is by believing in your heart that righteousness is attained, and it is by confessing with your mouth that salvation is attained” (Rom 10:9-10).
- “Be patient and establish your hearts also, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. “(Jas 5:8)
- “Jesus knowing their thoughts said, ‘Why do you have evil thoughts in your hearts? “(Mt 9:4)
- “To love God with all one’s heart … and to love one’s neighbour as oneself is more than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices” (Mk 12:53).
- “This people honours me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. “(Mt 15:8)
- “It was because of the hardness of your heart that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but it was not so in the beginning. It was not so in the beginning” (Mt 19:8)
- “If I do it willingly, I have the reward; but if I do it unwillingly, it is a task entrusted to me. “(1Co 9:17)
- “To this day when Moses is read, a veil is cast over their hearts; but when the hearts are converted to the Lord, the veil is taken away. “(2Co 3:15-16)