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Weekly Prayer

Sunday, February 1, 2015

“Have you come to destroy us?”

I don’t know what to do
with gospels like this, Jesus,
Today, we tend
to understand healing
in a very different way.

And yet, Lord,
the point of the story still holds:
You speak and act
with the authority
of the Father.
You can free us
of our worst ills and fears.

Jesus, there are
many voices inside me
that I need to be healed from.
They tell me I’m not smart,
attractive, talented, popular,
rich, or safe enough.
They keep old wounds
and resentments fresh.
Wouldn’t I be a
more effective disciple,
if you silenced those voices
and sent them away?

But they remain.
And because they do, Lord,
and because I believe
you love me and want
what is best for me,
help me to believe
that these weaknesses
can be transformed somehow
for my good,
that they can lead me
to be more empathetic,
compassionate, and
loving toward others,
and that, through your power,
my weakness can be a sign
of your redemption.

Help me, Jesus, to join
all my sufferings
and weaknesses to your cross
so that, dying with you,
I may be healed
and rise to new and joyful life.
Amen.

  Fr. Richard Lamoureux, AA Photo
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