How Do You Feed a Hungry Heart?
Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
I will offer one hour of adoration this week for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.
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Lord, I bring myself into your presence knowing the zeal of your heart for souls. The
glory of your heavenly Father can shape my own heart. I am confident that I can throw off all that
is lukewarm and tepid in my own soul today. I desire to fulfill the mission you have given me more
Lord, grant me the grace of a renewed zeal for you and
for bringing others to you.
1. The Prime Choice:
So many of the moral predicaments
men bring upon themselves are not, as some would say, the work of a “cruel” God. Christ's will is
the happiness that people relentlessly pursue at heart. Yet a battle ensues in every soul: whether
or not God may enter into the way we live that life. What Christ is not permitted to touch cannot be
healed or redeemed. The Pharisees freely choose to live with demons rather than to live with Christ,
rather than to let him take center stage. In our battle with our weaknesses and temptations, we
should be sensitive to the truth that we will be confronted with the same choice. Will we be in
“control” and live with our demons, or will we surrender to Christ totally and guarantee victory
over every evil in our lives?
2. Seeing With Christ's Eyes:
could open our heart to see what Christ sees, we would follow everyday what he asks of us: "Beg the
harvest master to send out laborers to gather his harvest" (Matthew 9:38). To be sure, we must lend
a hand in the mission, but we must also pray that shepherds are not lacking in the Church. If we
could see with Christ's eyes, we would know that many are ready to fall into his arms with only the
least motivation. No need for fancy discourses or rigorous apologetics. They just want someone to
say, “This way,” and they will follow. We should not fear being apostles; many more are ready for
what we have to say than we think are ready.
3. Diligent Preparations:
If we could
see with Christ's heart, we would not show the least pessimism as we face the culture of death or
the culture of the absolute self. We would know that Christ fully satisfies people's hunger for God
in spite of their history of misery, pain or self-indulgence. Get ready: the farther people are from
God, the more the signs of their need for him will show. Get ready with prayer. Prepare the
emergency rooms of salvation where many patients will soon be left, for only through prayer will we
be assured that doctors will be there to treat them and put them on the road to full
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, I know how much you love all people and
manifest that love by coming to us every day at Mass. In the Eucharist I meet the one that has so
loved me; in the Eucharist I will beg you to meet the needs of my heart and of countless souls by
setting fire for you in the hearts of many young people, so that they generously accept a mission to
souls in your name.
I will offer one hour of adoration this week for
vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.
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