Personal Encounter

Third Sunday of Lent: Undivided Hearts

This Eucharistic Prayer Companion is designed to help you spend thirty minutes to an hour in meditation and silent prayer with Jesus during Eucharistic adoration. Even if you cannot be physically present in a church or adoration chapel with the Blessed Sacrament, you can unite yourself spiritually to Jesus in the Eucharist as you spend this time in prayer.


WORK OF MERCY: Instruct the Ignorant

THE GRACE I SEEK: to wholeheartedly worship God alone


Pause for a few moments, and allow yourself to become aware of Jesus’ gift of himself in the Eucharist. Realize that, at this very moment, the Lord of Life is gazing upon you with great love. Allow yourself to receive his loving gaze. You are his beloved child. Rest in his loving gaze.

Thank Jesus for the gift of himself in the Eucharist.

ASK FOR THE GRACE: Jesus, help me to seek you with a sincere, repentant heart that trusts totally in your redeeming love.


Read slowly, 3–4 times. Allow the words of Scripture to wash over your mind and heart. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you through this passage.

“You shall not have other gods beside me. You shall not make for yourself an idol or a likeness of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or serve them.” (Exodus 20:3–5a)


Allow yourself to sit with these questions for a while, being attentive to how the Lord is speaking in your heart.

What other “gods” might be occupying the place in my heart that truly belongs to the Lord, distracting me from growing in my relationship with God and understanding my faith? These could be things such as entertainment, possessions, relationships, or honors. What concrete choices can I make to set aside time to attend Mass more frequently and/or spend time with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament during this Lenten Season in order to deepen my relationship with him?


Read slowly, 3–4 times. Again, allow the words of Scripture to wash over your mind and heart. Let the Holy Spirit speak to you in a personal way through this passage.

“Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money changers seated there. He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area…‘Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.’” (John 2:13–16)


How may God be calling me to cleanse the temple of my heart during this Lenten Season? What worries or preoccupations might I be able to entrust to God today?

Remain in silence with the Lord. Allow him to speak in the silence, in your heart. Receive his presence. If it helps, write down what you sense the Lord communicating to you during this time of prayer.


O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness, who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving have shown us a remedy for sin, look graciously on this confession of our lowliness, that we, who are bowed down by our conscience, may always be lifted up by your mercy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Collect, Third Sunday of Lent)


At every Mass, Jesus offers himself to the Father for us. We can always join our own offerings with Jesus at Mass. This Sunday, offer something in your heart that is keeping you from growing closer to God. Ask for the grace of surrender so that you can grow in true freedom and joy!


Many people struggle to understand our Catholic faith. This week, ask the Holy Spirit to help you identify a person in your life who is struggling in his or her faith. Reach out with a word of encouragement and an offer to chat with him or her so that they can learn and grow more confident in the faith.

Would you like to print a copy of this resource to bring with you to the chapel for prayer? Click here to download the Eucharistic Meditations for the Lenten Season in English or Spanish.