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 16, 2015, Thursday Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Read: Ex. 3:13-20 Mt. 11: 28-30
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Mt. 11:28)
STRESS: The painful tension that the human creature carries in the mind and heart.
Explanations abound for this, and so do the cures: From antidepressant pills, to exercises, to massages, to frequent naps and long vacations. At times these “Band-Aid” cures do some good.
The greatest and heartfelt tension and mental anguish come as a result of sin. It is caused because the conscience calls to exacting rectitude. The conscience wants to claim its birthright, which is goodness. For this kind of stress there is no “quick fix;” unless the problem itself is corrected at its origin.
Sin is understood as a violation of the moral order established by God for His rational creature. It is the “breaking off” of our love relationship with Lord.
We must live in equilibrium between the physical, material, spiritual and moral order.
Without orderly living, we are severely affected with moral and spiritual tension.
Balance is achieved when we accept the singular love that God offers and adjust our lives accordingly — as we would to gain the affection of a human love.
The greatest remedy offered by the Lord Jesus to gain equilibrium is to confess one’s sins, strive to live a right and proper life and to follow Him.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Mt. 11:29-30)
Reflection and commentary
Psalm 119:111 “Your decrees are my heritage for ever they are the joy of my heart.”
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.