January 5 Prayer
‘Favor and blessing belong to the poor and lowly in spirit.’ Matt 5:1-3
When we are in need, when we recognize our own lack then we are able to live in truth and walk in love.
How do we know love and live in love?
In truth and action.
John tells us 1John 3:16-21. When our hearts condemn us, when we fall short and when we see our own darkness and lowness,He forgives us,
‘Whenever our hearts make us feel guilty and remind us of our failures, we know that God is much greater and more merciful than our conscience, and he knows everything about us.”
He looks upon us with compassion and then tells us to “go and give them what they need.” ‘Feed my sheep’
Jesus in the first blessing that he gives to his followers starts out with ‘blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’
So let’s start here, where we are real and true to ourselves and see our own needs so that we can be moved with compassion upon the world that lives in desolation, darkness and hopelessness.
Let’s begin again and return to truth in action, live a life that is a love offering, like Jesus did, willing to die to our old selves and live for love in the new.
Let us give away the gifts that have freely been given to us.
With Jesus everything changes.
When we give out of the little we have without scarcity, provision multiplies and we still have much more to give.
As we live in ‘a day of our reason in which truth becomes known’ in our hearts we return as ‘creatures subject to the creator, servants serving the redeemer.’ Thus we are delivered, birthed forth as a new true reflection of Love. (St.Bernard of Clairvaux)
Pause and let this truth settle in your soul to pray;
“Sweet Jesus, we cry out;
Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us in our condemning hearts.
We are in great need of a redeemer so we return to Love and desire to live in this love.
We ask for a fresh start to see others in the world the way that you see them, in need of you the only one that makes all things new.
For you are great and created beauty out of the dust.
We surrender to your way of love this day.
May we be your surrendered creatures to reflect the face of Christ as love in the world .”