waiting for Jesus – an Advent-season-prayer-a-day, Day 11, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Note: Advent, from the Latin, adventus, “coming”, is the Christian season of preparation for Jesus’ birth, the heart of the Christmas celebration, and, according to scripture and the Christian creeds, his second appearance on some future, unknown day and also according to scripture and Christian tradition, his daily coming through the Holy Spirit. Hence, the theme of waiting for Jesus is Advent’s clarion call.

O Lord Jesus, I wait this day for the wonder of Your Weal. As Your Apostle, in his suffering service in Your Name, exclaimed, “I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body,”(1) and as Francis,(2) beholding a vision of an angel crucified, was marked with Your stigmata, so, this day, O Lord Jesus, I will to bear on my mind and heart, soul and spirit the signs of Your suffering. By Your Spirit make me more deeply aware of the pain of life of the dispossessed and disenfranchised, the least of Your sisters and brothers for whom Your Love is greatest.(3) By Your same Spirit, move me, in my suffering for them as You suffer for them, to crucify my selfish want and need. Amen.

 

Footnotes:
(1) Galatians 6.17
(2) St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
(3) See Matthew 25.34-40

4 thoughts on “waiting for Jesus – an Advent-season-prayer-a-day, Day 11, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

  1. Wow, Paul….the part of the prayer that really “pierced” me was this “I will to bear on my mind and heart, soul and spirit the signs of Your suffering”. So many people are suffering and some of them have visible scars and others only internal. When I look at my own scars, I remember what I’ve been through. I remember how much Jesus suffered on that cross. I am reminded that I don’t want others to suffer… BUT I also am captivated by the end of your prayer to crucify my own selfish want and need. I will work hard on this, because I need so little because I have so much. Each day I need to focus on those less fortunate than myself and if possible to prevent them from being scarred by life!

    Much Love!!

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    • Your reflection, Loretta, aligns with my sense of things, yea, verily, my sense of myself (and my self). That is, I have much, which, as I age, has deepened my awareness of how many others have so little. (Sometimes I feel ashamed that thus it always has been with folk in great need and I was so little mindful of their states of being.)

      Given your comment about your scars leads me to consider mine own following my surgery of last year – and this morning, until reading your words, I consider how little I give notice to my scars and, thus, how easily I have continued to live as I’ve always lived. I wonder how would my life be different in activity and in attitude if my scars were more severe or my recovery still ongoing in a debilitating way? Probably greatly. In this recognition (1) I am renewed in my gratitude for my blessings and (2) I am renewed in my sense of the necessity to pay greater heed to those of my sisters and brothers in need.

      Always, my thanks and my love

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      • You ask some great questions Paul. I guess I’ve always seen my scars as a reminder of how Blessed I am, and that I survived when many others don’t. Because I can see the scars in a huge mirror from my shower it’s etched in my mind each day what I’ve been through. The scars remind me to thrust myself out into the world each day even when I don’t want to because so many others can’t do so with the same ease, resources, joy and faith that I do!!

        Thanks so much for these thought and action provoking prayers.

        Much love!

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