I will strive to interpret the actions of others in a positive way, excusing any defects I may perceive
Matthew 11: 16-19
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus,
thank you for this new day and all the graces you will bless me with. I ask you for the necessary
light to live this day faithful to my Christian calling. I believe in you and your love for me. I
wishHelp me to show my love for you by staying focused on what is most important during this time of
prayer: you and your most holy will.
Petition: Lord Jesus, you once said, “Ask and you shall
receive.” I believe that you are faithful to your word, and as God, you will give me whatever I need
as long as I ask for it. So, I ask you humbly help me to see your actions and the actions of others
with the eyes of faith.for the grace to grow and persevere in my faith.
1. Eyes of Faith: God comes to
us in many and various ways each day. Sometimes he reveals his goodness to us when he allows us to
succeed in life. Other times he permits trials in our life so that we can cling more surely to him.
The proper response to God’s constant action in our lives will only be possible if we are able to
discern that it is indeed God who is acting –– that it is God who is “playing the flute for us” or
“singing a dirge for us”. We need the eyes of faith. A habitual interior attitude of faith and trust
in God allows us to live with great peace and purpose.
2. Worldly Standards of
Judgment: Jesus complains when the crowds use worldly standards to size him up. They are
caught up in their opinions and all tooare led to easily passing judgment on him. They accuse Jesus
of being possessed by a demon, a drunkard, and so on. How easy is it for me to judge others by
accepting or rejecting them for mere external things? What are my internal attitudes towards others?
Lord, help me to be detached from all worldly standards of judging and to embrace each soul, loving
them as you do, and to leave the judging to you.
3. But Wisdom is Vindicated by Her:
Make My Heart More like Yours Despite the rejection and harsh judgments of many, Jesus went
about doing good. This is what he meant by saying that “wisdom is vindicated by her works”. In the
same vein he also taught that you can recognize a tree by its fruits. Knowing how easy it is to
misjudge others, I cannot permit my own self to worry about what others may say or think of me.
Rather I need to be busy like Jesus, going about doing good. Good actions speak for themselves, even
if it may take a while for others to perceive or appreciate them. When we trustfully follow along to
the flute or the dirge Our Lord is playing for us, and we do so for his sake and for the sake of
spreading his message, we can rest in the certainty that God is blessing us and will bring his good
works to fruition through us.
With great humility, Lord, you tell us to “learn from me; for I am
gentle and humble in heart” (Matthew 11:29). Your surrender to the Father was complete even to
death, and this allowed you to focus your heart on him alone. You were not partial to those who
treated you in any special way, but you did reward their kindness toward you. So often my love for
others is determined by their esteem for me, and I am drawn closer to those who make me feel more
popular, esteemed, and worthwhile. Today, I ask you to give me a heart like yours, one that embraces
the whole world, regardless of its treatment of me. This, I know, ultimately requires
Conversation with Christ: Thank you, Jesus, for this opportunity to spend
time with you in prayer. Let it be my motivation for the day and bring me to live a greater spirit
of faith in you and the mission you have entrusted me. How much it would help me to consider my
actions, the actions of others and your actions under the light of your love and good will. I do
believe that you permit everything that happens in my life for the sake of bringing about a greater
good, but Lord, increase my faith.
Resolution: I will
strive to interpret the actions of others in a positive way, excusing any defects I may perceive.
Use every conversation I have today to lift others up in hope and love.