Sixth Week of Ordinary Time: May 11-17, 2008
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Daily Prayer This Week
This is a wonderful week to let ourselves really hear Jesus how invites us into peace in our lives. On Pentecost the Spirit comes to the disciples - the same Spirit that comes to us.
Also this week, we can ask us the question: "Who do you say I am?" This question can come to us this week in a variety of forms. We can hear him ask, "Who am I in your life? What do I mean to you? Do you believe in my love for you? Do you live as though you place all of your trust in me?" This kind of self-knowlege always takes grace, so we can ask each day this week to be more and more honest this week. We can ask to get beyond the denial we sometimes operate out of. Each morning, when we get up, while washing up or dressing, and during several "background" times in our day - driving, shopping, doing wash, walking to a meeting, feeding a baby - we can be in brief conversations with our Lord, always asking for graces.
"Help me to honestly know, Lord, what really is at the center of my life. What really motivates me? What do I turn to for energy, inspiration, approval, escape? How would the people who know me well answer these questions, Lord? Help me be honest this week." "Lord, I have just recognized how much possessions or honors really motivate me." "My Lord, I can see how fear, and avoiding pain have such power in my life." "Lord, I'm so impatient; it seems I have such a hard time simply carrying any cross."
It is quite likely that we might find it difficult to keep this kind of self examining focus during the week, or that we might so get into self recrimination that we can lose sight of God's love. It is the very love Jesus offers us, even when we can't recognize him or don't feel we are worthy to accept his love.
But he returns to us over and over, offering us his Spirit as a strength and love right here in our lives each day. When we feel weak we can remember that he comes to forgive us and heal us. All week, every night, let us give thanks and praise for his faithful love for us.
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