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 15, 2015, Wednesday
Read: Ex. 3:1-6, 9-12 Mt. 11: 25-27
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” (Mt. 11:25-26)
The poor usually are the people who were not able to study, uncultured, and without resources.
It is also easier to find the humble and simple on the Lord’s side. They are the unencumbered by the weight of riches and power.
When the rich and the wise become humble and pious they are great in the eyes of their fellow man and God.
The knowledge of the existence of some thing does not signify that we have to do anything about our knowledge; we may remain indifferent.
However the knowledge of God’s love, and the joy of living His love in this life, prepares us for His eternal love and for eternal life.
The “wise” can recognize the existence of the love of God over all human creatures and even over themselves.
Love for the Lord does not mean that the Lord will grant special material goods upon the poor.
Enjoying the Lord’s predilection bestows upon to the poor and the humble a great dignity out of their openness to His Holy will and His great love.
Our greatest of all hopes needs to be that the Lord will call us and bless us.
No matter how much we may fear the consequences of being chosen, our most fervent prayer should be for true humility — humility that calls us to service and salvation.
Reflection and commentary
Psalm 138:6 “The LORD is on high, but cares for the lowly and knows the proud from afar.”
PRAYERS OF PETITION
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.