St. Paul in the letter to the Hebrews tells us that "We are not among those who draw back and perish, but among those who have faith and will posses life."
The psalm tells us, "By the Lord are the steps of man made firm, and he approves his way. Though he fall, he does not lie prostrate, for the hand of the Lord sustains him."
Jesus tells us in the gospel that "the kingdom of God is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, and he knows not how."
The mighty hand of God knows even though we do not; in all our planned efforts and strained attempts to bring the good news to the world, like the farmer we wait for the seed to germinate, and we wonder often not knowing how. But in the end it is under the hand of God and this is what brings us hope. It is not by our hands alone does the kingdom come.
The Litany of the sacred Heart ends thus:
Jesus, gentle and humble of heart, touch our hearts and make them like your own.
Let us pray.
Father, we rejoice in the gifts of love we have received from the heart of Jesus, your son.
Open our hearts to share his life and continue to bless us with his love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen