As a way of showing my love for Jesus, today I will practice patience with someone who annoys me today to show my love for Jesus
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus,
you are the Alpha and the Omega. You have Omega, meaning you have given me life and offer me eternal
life with you. You deserve ourmy honor, gratitude and love, and yet you never impose yourself upon
usme. Thank you for respecting my freedom so that I can offer myself to you. All that I have is
yours,; I return it to you. Lord I want you for my king, but I know that following you is demanding.
Help me to live this moment of prayer in deep adoration and gratitude for your many gifts.
Petition: Lord Jesus, teach me to be patient and
persevering in using my talents to serve you and my neighbor.
1. Jesus, the King of Kings:.
Nowadays there is renewed interest into the imminence of the Lord’s return in glory. Every Sunday
when we recite the Creed we attest to our faith that Christ “will come again to judge the living and
the dead.” But we also know that we do not know when it will be, as Our Lord clearly states: “But
about that day and hour no one knows” (Matthew 24:36). So what should we do in the meantime? The
answer is very simple: Live faithful to the values of Christ’s Kingdom showing and show that he is
our King right now. Are there any areas in my life where Christ is not ruler? Am I faithful to my
Christian commitments? Do I use my time well?
2. Earning One Gold Coin at a
Time: . In today’s parable each servant only receives only one gold coin, but some invest it
better than others. There are some gifts that God has given all of us in equal measure and some that
we each receive in varying degrees. At baptism we receive the gifts of faith, hope and love in seed
form, so to speak, and it is up to us to make sure they are cultivated, irrigated and exposed to
enough light so that they will grow and bear fruit. These gifts of faith, hope and love are not
given to us just for rainy days or moments of trial, but rather to keep us focused on who we are as
children of God and heirs to the kingdom of heaven. Exercising these virtues is like earning gold,
one coin at a time. How often have I thanked God for his gifts of faith, hope and love? Do I strive
to grow in these virtues by keeping my heart set on the things of heaven, by trusting in Our Lord’s
providence, by loving him and showing this love through charity towards my neighbor?
3. God’s Generosity:
. St. John reminds us that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). God’s essence is self-giving. The man
who hid his coin could not discover or fathom this reality, but the man who “spent” his gold coin
found this out as he was able to earn many more. Jesus tells us that “unless a grain of wheat falls
into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain” (John 12:24). Later however a metamorphosis
occurs which brings many new grains of wheat into being. Jesus’ death on the cross is the perfect
example of the transformation of sacrifice and self-giving into fruitfulness. We can’t have Jesus as
our king unless we are willing to follow him on his journey to Jerusalem and impending death. We
have much to give up, but we have so much more to gain by using our talents for the
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, I am sometimes afraid of what it means
to die to myself. Help me to use all of my talents for your kingdom. Help me to realize that I have
nothing to lose and everything to gain, and to courageously take steps courageously to love you
Resolution: As a way of showing my love for Jesus, today I will practice
patience with someone who annoys me today to show my love for Jesus.