I will set aside time each day this week to sit down and study my faith more about my faith, especially those areas which I find difficult to explain to others
Introductory Prayer: Lord you know my heart. You know all of my thoughts, desires and intentions, whether they are good or bad; and y. You love me despite all of my failings and dark corners. Thank you for your patience and forgiveness. Thank you for yourthe countless graces that you shower on me daily, though I do not realize it. Thank you for revealing your love to me so that I can stand tall and continue on in the hopes of embracing you forever in heaven. And now I now dedicate these precious moments to you so that I can know and love you more and be transformed into you.
Continue to call me to work in your vineyard. A day with you is worth more than a thousand without. Make me faithful to your friendship.
Petition: Lord, grant me a lively faith that seeks your grace and presence in my daily routine.
b1. Worth the Wait.b: Sometimes it seems that it takes forever for God to answer a prayer, but w. When he does, though, the results are beyondexceed all expectation. Ever since Abraham’s time, the world was awaiting a savior. We recallThe Book of Genesis records that God tested Abraham, asking him to sacrifice his only son Isaac. The Book of Genesis (Chapter 22) records that Isaac, unaware of his father’s intention asked, “‘My father! … Behold, the fire and the wood; but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?’ Abraham responded, ‘God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.’” Pointing out Christ by the Jordan River, John the Baptist announces the good news, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” (John 1:29), as he points out Christ by the Jordan River. The prayers of fallen creation are answered as the savior Savior of the world –-- God’s lamb –-- takes the field on in salvation history. Is my faith in God willing to endure the test of time? Does my faith wane when my prayers are not answered as fast as I would like?
b2. What Are You Looking For? Whom Do You Seek?b After the Fall, God promised a savior who would restore to man his communion with God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says: “The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God. This invitation to converse with God is addressed to man as soon as he comes into being. For if man exists it is because God has created him through love, and through love continues to hold him in existence. He cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknowledges that love and entrusts himself to his creator” (noNo. 27). In today’s Gospel passage, Simon Peter and Andrew entrust themselves to Christ., and tThe course of their lives undergoes a radical change for the better. Do I seek Christ every day? Do I entrust my whole life to him? Are there areas in my life that I haven’t turned over to Christ: my financial concerns, my time, my family?
b3. The Courage to Leave Yourself Behind:.b Peter and Andrew experienced Christ in a deeper and intense waymore deeply and intensely when they left their previous ways behind. Too often we become inordinately attached in an inordinate fashion to things, ways and lifestyles that do not fit in with our Catholic faith. Do I we have the courage,, like Peter and Andrew,, to cut bait give upwith my our past sins and sinful habits? Can I we be generous enough to leave behind even some good things in order toso that we might follow Christ in a relationship that requires a deeper commitment of my time, resources or talent? What is holding me back? Do I lack faith and trust in Christ? Is my love up to the challenge? Christ invites us all to “Come and see” what new meaning our lives can have when we deepen our commitment to him.
Conversation with Christ: Oh Lord, teach me not to be afraid, but rather to have courage in taking on a real commitment of my time, resources and talent. I want to help you extend your Kingdom in the hearts of peoplemen. Strengthened by faith and emboldened by your love, I know I won’t be disappointed. I know, Lord, that you have the words of everlasting life. Convince me, Lord, so that I may proclaim to the world with my brothers in the faith, “We have found the Messiah.”
Resolution: I will set aside time each day this week to sit down and study my faith more about my faith, especially those areas which I find difficult to explain to others.