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Weekly Prayer

Sunday, December 14, 2014

“I am not the Christ.”

Lord Jesus,
when troubles overwhelm me
and I don’t know what to do,
help me to remember:
I am not the Christ.

When I start to despair
because the world
is full of needs,
and I seem to have
so little to give,
help me to remember:
I am not the Christ.

When I work as hard as I can
and I wonder if it makes any difference,
help me to remember:
I am not the Christ.

When there is so much to do
and so little time to do it,
help me to remember:
I am not the Christ.

When people are counting on me
and my best efforts fall short,
help me to remember:
I am not the Christ.

When I am frustrated
and tired and burdened
by life and responsibilities,
help me to remember:
I am not the Christ.

When I fail and am
in need of forgiveness,
help me to remember:
I am not the Christ.

When I am tempted to think
that everything is about me,
help me to remember:
I am not the Christ.

Lord Jesus, help me today
to make my own
those wise words
of John the Baptist:
“I am not the Christ.”
And help me always
to remember
who the Christ really is.
Help me to remember
that you are the Christ,
my Savior and the Savior
of the world.

At the same time, Lord,
help me to remember
that, while I am not the Christ,
you do offer me a share
in your divine, redemptive life.
Help me to accept your offer
and to offer you in return
my strengths and weaknesses,
my burdens and worries,
my whole life,
so that all I do
may be done with you,
in you, and through you--
this day and every day.

Come into my heart
this day, this Advent.
Help me to share your life
of sacrificial love as best I can
and to leave the rest to you--
for you are truly the Christ,
and we will face life together.
Amen.

  Fr. Richard Lamoureux, AA Photo
Fr. Richard Lamoureux, AA
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