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Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face. (Psalm Response)
Lord, we want to see your face so that we can gaze on your goodness and holiness and reflect it to the people we encounter each day. And so, in the spirit of today’s readings, we offer you this prayer:
“Lord, we long to live in a manner worthy of the calling you have given us (Ephesians 4:1). We long to walk all our days in humility and gentleness. Let those virtues accompany us as we go about our daily tasks. May we humbly accept correction and, yes, even criticism that seems unwarranted. May we humbly prefer your plans for our day to our own so that we can live and move and have our being in you.
“Lord, we long to bear with each other patiently and in love (Ephesians 4:2). May we do so even when those ‘others’ are too loud, too slow, or too far off on another track. May we patiently wait for you to work miracles in their hearts and minds. May we patiently pray and care for them and assume the best even when we think we see the worst in them. Lord, they dwell on this earth too, so they are yours. Help us to see and believe today that you love all whom you have made.
“Lord, we long to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3). You preach peace to those who are far off and those who are near (2:17). Help us to preach it today too, first and foremost by the witness of the peace that fills our hearts and minds. Move us to seek your peace continually, to pursue it, and to follow after it where we sense it.
“Lord, we are one body, a people who live in the hope of our call (Ephesians 4:4). We believe there is one Lord through whom we exist and through whom all things were created. It is you, Lord! You have called us into one faith and one baptism, to know and love and serve you. May we always live in the unity that exists among us, which overcomes all differences and divisions.”
“Lord, help us to be a people who always longs for you. ”
Source: Word Among Us
[He] is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)
The imagination of children seems limitless. One day they’re famous baseball players, the next they’re engineers raising a fabulous Lego skyscraper. And of course, they’re getting a pony for their birthday. Anything is possible.
As God’s children, we’re invited to live in that same sense of unlimited possibility. In whatever way God stirs your heart and mind toward serving him, whatever he calls you to, he is prepared to give you the strength and the boldness and the opportunity to do it.
God has plans and purposes for you, and he invites you to step into them anew every day. He created your imagination to inspire you as you work out the details of that purpose. It won’t always look like what you first envision. St. Francis of Assisi burned passionately to restore God’s Church that had “fallen into disrepair”—and he began by trying to reconstruct a tumbledown church building. Over time, Francis came to understand more exactly what the Lord had in mind. You can’t see the end at the beginning, but you can spend time with the Lord, asking him about the things that move and excite you. What do you imagine yourself doing for him? Write it down and talk to him about it, about your expectations and limitations, about the possibilities that swim before you and the hurdles you need his help to clear.
Then experiment. God’s plans for you begin where you are right now. Expect him to guide you, perhaps with a growing excitement about your vocation, recurring thoughts to intercede for someone, or a new sense of direction to serve. There is so much God can do, even through your ordinary life.
You can’t ask too much of God! He will help you and guide you. Begin the conversation with him and aim high. Remember that St. Paul is on his knees asking the Father to empower you as you work out the details of his purposes (Ephesians 3:14). While you might not end up with the “pony” you’re asking for, God can and will do far more through you than all you ask or imagine.
“Lord, thank you for your plans for me. Open my eyes to see how you want to use me today.”
Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19
Source: Word Among Us
At an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come. (Luke 12:40)
You unlock the door of your home after a long day at work. A million things are on your mind—paying the bills, fixing the crack in the ceiling, taking the dog for a walk. Then as you step through the door, you are completely stunned. Your friends are in the living room, with big smiles on their faces. In a split second, you realize what’s going on as they all call out, “Surprise!” at the top of their lungs. They’re throwing you a surprise birthday party.
The experience of a surprise party seems like quite a contrast to the “surprise” that Jesus is talking about here. Obviously, Jesus is talking about a very serious event, one with eternal consequences. He wants us to be prepared for his coming and to greet him with joy. He wants us to be busy about his work and living our lives for him. He realizes our human tendency to “slack off,” and he warns us of the consequences if we do.
Let’s return to the idea of a surprise party for a moment. The reason Jesus warns us about being prepared is that he wants us to be pleasantly surprised when he returns. None of us can avoid this surprise. None of us know when Jesus will come—it could be tomorrow, next week, or five minutes from now. But if we are ready for his coming, it will be a wonderful, joyful event for us. In fact, it should be something we are looking forward to every day!
Imagine that you are in on the surprise and know when Jesus is going to return. What would you do to get ready for him? What would you add—or subtract—from your life? You know the answers to these questions. Whatever you need to do, don’t put it off. But don’t act out of fear. Act as if you were preparing for the most exciting day of your life—because you are! Just think of how pleased the Lord is with each step you take and each decision that you make for him. He has a glorious crown waiting for you when he comes (2 Timothy 4:8). So keep living for him, and get ready for that awesome day!
“Lord, I long for your coming! Help me to be ready to meet you.”
(Psalm) Isaiah 12:2-6
Source: Word Among Us
. . . ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. (Luke 12:36)
Her son was due back from his first year away at a distant college. The mother was waiting expectantly, maybe a little anxiously, for his arrival. As she worked in the garden behind her house, she looked up every couple of minutes to see if he was coming. She made sure the gate was unlatched so that he could easily enter. She couldn’t wait to welcome him!
That’s the attitude of heart and mind that Jesus was hoping for when he advised his disciples to be like servants eagerly awaiting their master’s return. He may have been calling them—and us—to be ready for his return at the end of the age. But the truth is, Jesus is always knocking, always coming to us. He wants us to have a daily, growing relationship with him. He is looking for hearts that are like that unlatched gate—open and able to welcome him.
So what does an “unlatched” heart look like? Let’s start with the opposite. When our hearts are “latched,” or locked up, we close ourselves to the Lord. We might be afraid of what he might say to us or ask of us, so we don’t listen; we don’t even ask him. We might withdraw into ourselves because we feel shame or guilt and don’t believe we can be forgiven. We might be too bitter about the past or too wounded by someone close to us to open our hearts because we don’t want to be hurt again. Or we might busy ourselves with activities that we think are righteous but not see how our busyness might be keeping us from attending to God.
By contrast, when our hearts are “unlatched,” we are open to the Lord. We are listening for his voice instead of becoming preoccupied with activity. As the psalmist says, “Sacrifice and offering you do not want; you opened my ears” (Psalm 40:7). We don’t forget that we have been forgiven, and therefore we trust in the One who has removed our shame. Our hearts are unlatched when we anticipate the future with hope.
Jesus will come to you, speak to you, and knock on the door of your heart today. How can you keep it unlatched and ready to welcome him when he does?
“Jesus, enter the gate of my heart. I welcome you in anytime.”
Source: Word Among Us
We are . . . created in Christ Jesus for good works that God has prepared in advance. (Ephesians 2:10)
“God has a plan for your life.” It’s a phrase we hear all the time. But what does it mean for us?
We often think it’s all about specifics: we want assurances about the future, to know what particular thing we should do next. But the Catechism, in its very first paragraph, takes a broader view: “God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life” (1). In other words, God cares about our everyday decisions, but his central desire is to bring us into his presence and fill us with his life and his love. The specifics we tend to be preoccupied with are only part of this bigger goal.
Our first reading today can help us see this big picture. God’s plan is always for our salvation. It is always to bring us to life in Christ, even when sin has cut us off from him, even when we are following the ways of the world and our own desires (Ephesians 2:4-5). That’s because God is rich in mercy and lovingly raises us up to life with Christ (2:6). He makes it possible for us to live in faith so that his deepest desire—our becoming like Christ—can unfold.
We want answers, and God wants our love. We want out of our challenging situations, and God wants to walk through them with us. We want specific directions, and God wants to set up guardrails for us and then finds a way to draw us back if we make bad choices. Because he has one goal in mind: making us ready for the heavenly life he has promised us.
So is it God’s plan that my daughter gets into her dream college—or doesn’t? Or that I get a promotion at work—or don’t? Or that my spouse struggles with illness—or lives to a ripe old age? Of course, he doesn’t cause suffering or sickness. But he does work through all of these situations. He wants to use every detail of our lives—our circumstances, our relationships, our triumphs, and our disappointments—to help us live fully. That’s God’s good plan!
“Lord, I want to grow closer to you!”
Source: Word Among Us
Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
The Pharisees went away to work out between them how to trap Jesus in what he said. And they sent their disciples to him, together with the Herodians, to say, ‘Master, we know that you are an honest man and teach the way of God in an honest way, and that you are not afraid of anyone, because a man’s rank means nothing to you. Tell us your opinion, then. Is it permissible to pay taxes to Caesar or not?’ But Jesus was aware of their malice and replied, ‘You hypocrites! Why do you set this trap for me? Let me see the money you pay the tax with.’ They handed him a denarius, and he said, ‘Whose head is this? Whose name?’ ‘Caesar’s’ they replied. He then said to them, ‘Very well, give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar – and to God what belongs to God.’
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