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Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe in you with a faith that never seeks to
test you. I trust in you, hoping to learn to accept and follow your will, even when it does not make
sense to the way that I see things. May my love for you and those around me be similar to the love
you have shown to me. Lord, I thank you for this time with you and this new day you have given me.
Help me to use this time well. Help me to appreciate the gift of life and all you have given me. I
offer this time up for a special intention, and for those who are far from you. Help me to believe
in your love.
Petition: Lord, I
want to be convinced of your personal love for me.
1. Persevering in the Mission: .
Jesus encounters opposition on his journey to Jerusalem. Pharisees come to warn him of Herod. Jesus
is undeterred. He knows that the Father’s will is for him to go to Jerusalem and surrender his life
on the cross. He doesn’t hide or seek to escape from his Father’s will. He knows that the cross lies
ahead of him, but he also knows that death and the cross are not the end. Beyond death is the
resurrectionResurrection: “On the third day I finish my work.” Christ’s example should give us
confidence to move forward in the face of our own difficulties and struggles. We should turn to him
because he knows how to persevere in the mission. And since he wants to be involved in our life, he
will accompany us on our journey. He is always with us ready to give us the help of his grace and
the strength of his hand.
2. A Heart Open to Others: . Jesus cried for Jerusalem.
His heart was not closed to others. He was not absorbed in himself or his own problems. He freely
offered his life for others. Others rejected him, but he never rejected them. He was not bitter
towards those who would make him suffer. He loved, and he never ceases to love. As a hen gathers her
young under her wings, so does God long to draw all men and women to himself. We need to let God
draw us to himself.
3. Pray for Those Who Persecute You: .Jesus sets an example for us to
follow. Our hearts should not be closed. We need to be open to the needs of those around us, even
those who may attack the Church and persecute us. Jesus loved his enemies. He prayed for those who
persecuted him. He blessed those who cursed him. He sought only their good, and he sacrificed
himself for them. He shows us the way to live an authentically Christian life. To be faithful to
him, we need to reach out in love even to those people who don’t think and act like us.
Christ: Lord, help me to always follow your inspirations always. Often there is good that I
want to do, but I hesitate and draw back. Help me to give of myself. Help me to keep giving even
when I’m tired and worn out. This is the path to my true happiness. Let me not draw back before
obstacles and opposition. Give me the strength to press forward, seeking only to do your will. Teach
me that you are always with me and that I am never alone.
Resolution: I will
be open to what a family member or colleague at work might need, and I will seek to offer my