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Daily Prayer

Sunday, July 20, 2014

When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well.

Lord Jesus,
I try to love God and others,
to live with compassion and care,
to forgive, to feed, and to serve.
I want to be your disciple.
You have planted the seeds
of divine life in me,
and I want to produce
a great harvest
for the kingdom.

But, Jesus, you also know
how easy it is for me
to be spiritually asleep
and leave my field
unguarded and untended.

When I think only of myself
at the expense of others,
I have let weeds be sown
among my wheat.

When I respond in kind to
someone who has annoyed,
frustrated, or angered me,
I have let weeds be sown
among my wheat.

Whenever someone
hurts or betrays me
by their words and actions,
and I nurse the grudge,
feed the hurt,
and seek revenge
instead of healing,
I have let weeds be sown
among my wheat.

Jesus, when this happens—
and we both know
it happens often—
help me to be like
the master in your parable:
let me acknowledge the weeds
for what they are,
but let me not waste time trying
to get back at those who,
including me,
helped sow them.
Give me the confidence
to trust that,
with your help,
the fruitful crop
you have planted in me
is strong enough
to survive them.

Jesus, let the small seedlings
you have sown in me
grow into an abundant harvest.
Help me to stay awake
to further incursions of weeds;
but when they slip past me,
let me turn them over to you,
confident that, in the end,
they will be burned away
by your love.

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