+ In the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: Amen
I pray, Lord, that You would give me the light of Your Spirit to illuminate me and be with me in this moment of prayer. Help my heart to be humble and simple, so that I can understand Your Word and make it a part of me.
- (Make in silence a brief examination of your conscience for yesterday)
Lord, I come to You in repentance, and ask that You forgive my sins and failings. I want to open my heart and mind to the transforming power of Your grace that purifies me and transforms me from the inside. I am comforted by the knowledge that You always come to help me in my weakness.
Today’s Gospel: “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth” (Saint Luke 10:17-24)
The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.”
Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky.
Behold, I have given you the power ‘to tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you.
Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
At that very moment he rejoiced (in) the holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
Brief Spiritual Text
Meditate on this reflection given by Pope Benedict XVI:
Let us now ask ourselves: to whom does the Son want to reveal God’s mysteries? At the beginning of the Hymn Jesus expresses his joy because the Father’s will is to keep these things hidden from the learned and the wise and to reveal them to little ones (cf. Lk 10:21). Thus in his prayer, Jesus manifests his communion with the Father’s decision to disclose his mysteries to the simple of heart: the Son’s will is one with the Father’s. Divine revelation is not brought about in accordance with earthly logic, which holds that cultured and powerful people possess important knowledge and pass it on to simpler people, to little ones. God used a quite different approach: those to whom his communication was addressed were, precisely, “babes”.
But what does “being little” and simple mean? What is the “littleness” that opens man to filial intimacy with God so as to receive his will? What must the fundamental attitude of our prayer be? Let us look at “The Sermon on the Mount”, in which Jesus says: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8). It is purity of heart that permits us to recognize the face of God in Jesus Christ; it is having a simple heart like the heart of a child, free from the presumption of those who withdraw into themselves, thinking they have no need of anyone, not even God.
Brief Personal Meditation
(Make silence in your interior and question yourself:)
- What does the Gospel tell me?
- How does it illuminate my life?
- How do I need to change to be more like Jesus?
- What do I lack in my life, to be more like Him?
Thanksgiving and Personal Petitions
I am touched, Jesus, by how much You love us. Thank You for showing me how great is the path of smallness, humility and purity. I want to walk this path hand in hand with Your Mother, the humble and pure servant to whom the glory of God’s love was revealed.
(If you like, you can bring your own petitions to the Lord)
- Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be
Consecration to Mary
(Finish your prayer by praying to Mary:)
Through your immaculate and pure heart,
my most dear Mother,
obtain for me
the grace to live
in the purity and humility
that the Lord Jesus
wishes for me.
+ In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: Amen