Prayer from "Sacred Advent" (from Loyola Press)
Friday, December 21, 2018
The Presence of God“Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Here I am, Lord. I come to seek your presence. I long for your healing power.
Freedom“In these days, God taught me as a schoolteacher teaches a pupil” (Saint Ignatius).I remind myself that there are things God has to teach me yet, and I ask for the grace to hear those things and let them change me.
ConsciousnessHelp me, Lord, to be more conscious of your presence. Teach me to recognize your presence in others. Fill my heart with gratitude for the times your love has been shown to me through the care of others.
The WordGod speaks to each of us individually. I listen attentively to hear what he is saying to me. Read the text a few times; then listen.
In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
- Mary was a woman of faith. Elizabeth praises her, not because she has conceived the Christ but because she believed the angel’s words. Let us pray to her for the strong faith we need in these troubled times. God can do what we think impossible.
- Try to imagine what it meant to Mary to find a companion in Elizabeth, an older relative who has also been blessed miraculously by God. Elizabeth understands the importance of what both of them are going through. Consider if there are any wise women in your life who can encourage your journey with God. Pray for them and thank God for them. And if there is none, ask God to send you an Elizabeth.
ConversationConversation requires talking and listening.As I talk to Jesus, may I also learn to be still and listen.I picture the gentleness in his eyes and the smile full of love as he gazes on me.I can be totally honest with Jesus as I tell him of my worries and my cares.I will open my heart to him as I tell him of my fears and my doubts.I will ask him to help me place myself fully in his care and to abandon myself to him, knowing that he always wants what is best for me.
ConclusionI thank God for these moments we have spent together and for any insights I have been given concerning the text.