Lord, as we begin these moments of prayer and meditation in the light of your Word,
We ask the Lord the help of the Holy Spirit.
May His Holy Fire engulf us in His love.
May His Holy Word instruct us and inform us.
O God, may you open our minds, our understanding and above all, our will to your call.
May your Word fill our daily living with LIFE.
May our hearts be afire with the desire to love you and serve you.
May we seek above all to imitate the life of prayer and sacrifice of Jesus, your Son.
Help us to seek you in every moment and be willing to give up all worldly allures to serve you.
Give us a heart open to praise you, open to hear you and open to follow you.
Help us have a submissive heart like Mother Mary’s Immaculate Heart to abandon ourselves more fully to you, Lord.
Our Father, Hail Mary,
Glory be.Glory be.
July 6, 2015, Monday St. Maria Goretti
Read: Gn. 28:10-22 Mt. 9: 18-26
“An official came forward, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.” (Mt. 9:18)
Many recognized Jesus’ divine power and sought Him to receive a portion of His goodness and miraculous activities. Yet the leaders of those same people looked upon Jesus’ presence with jealousy and suspicion. They refused to change their opinion in spite of the evidence. But adversity wins over self-sufficiency.
Need compelled Jairus to open heart to Jesus. He was no longer embarrassed to seek out Jesus, kneel before Him and beg Him to resurrect his daughter.
A sickness that threatens the very life of one’s child is a bitter test that should change one’s attitude and ones’ heart. It is a blow that provokes heroic behavior. In other circumstances we might hardly remember God (much less approach Him in prayer or supplication). A crisis makes us pay attention to Him.
Unfortunately, we forget that the gifts the Lord bestows upon us in this life are passing and all too fragile. We don’t want to face the reality that at any moment we could lose those gifts. We reject this reality as remote. When that moment comes, we find ourselves spiritually unprepared.
We must learn to trust in God’s goodness and thank Him when adversity comes. Through adversity, we grow confidently closer to the Lord.
Jairus was rewarded for his humility and his trust in Jesus — he saw his little girl’s life restored.
Reflection and commentary
Psalm 104:33 “I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God while I live.”
PRAYERS OF PETITION
From the 1st to the 7th of July
Together, we offer our prayers to our Heavenly Father. We offer them in the unity and power motivated by the Holy Spirit. We now present our needs: Lord, hear us.
- Lord, we know that you have the words of eternal life. Help us to love those words and to put them into practice in our daily lives. Lord, hear us.
- To know you, Lord, is to know the Father, and that is enough for us. Guide us to know your divine assistance, to come to know you and look only to you, our true life. Lord, hear us.
- For our troops in harm’s way, that they may know you guiding and saving hand at all times. May their decisions be made with prudence and great faith. May they always practice restraint whenever possible. Lord, hear us.
- Belief, in today’s day and age, is difficult and takes courage. Belief, that is, that runs contrary to the “flow” of what everybody else is doing or thinking. Help us to be courageous, Lord, and to put our time, energy and resources at your disposal. Lord, hear us.
- You are the light of the world, and you promise to illumine the pathway for all believers. Light our path through the glory of your resurrection. Lord, hear us.
- You have always used messengers to proclaim your Holy Presence, in former times the prophets and angels did your Holy bidding. Today, in the Church, you call upon us to be your ambassadors. Give us courage, Lord. Lord, hear us.
- You are the way, the truth and the life, and no one can go to the Father except through you. Help us to understand the meaning of these words, and live them. Lord, hear us.
(Add your own petitions)
OUR PRAYER: God our Father, thank you for the gift of life, our first life from our parents and the new life you give us through the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, our LORD. AMEN.