I will visit the Eucharist and repeat confidently, Lord I wish to be your instrument – help me!
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John 1: 47-51
Jesus saw Nathanael coming
toward him and said of him, "Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him." Nathanael said
to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, I saw you
under the fig tree." Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of
Israel." Jesus answered and said to him, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the
fig tree? You will see greater things than this." And he said to him, "Amen, amen, I say to you, you
will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I approach this time of prayer
earnestly. I believe that you have called me to be faithful and loving in your service. I thank you
along with Mary, the saints and the holy angels for the marvelous works of creation. I will humbly
try to reflect your greatness to all I meet today by honestly fulfilling my duty.
Lord, help me be an instrument of your peace and love.
1. Honesty Is the Best Policy:
Once as Jesus spent the whole night in prayer, he searched for apostles that would be honest and
sincere. Jesus took a liking to Nathanael when he discovered an Israelite without guile in his
heart. Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, "Here is a true Israelite. There is no
duplicity in him. It seems that Jesus admired this angelic trait in men. As soon as he saw Philip
bringing Nathanael forward to meet him, Jesus immediately noticed the virtue Nathanael lived. If I
want to be highly thought of by Jesus, then I need to be sincere in mind and heart.
Holy Angels: The Church venerates today the holy service of the three of the archangels.
They stand out for their honest love for God’s most holy will. With such fidelity, St. Gabriel
faithfully delivered the most important messages of human history to Zacharias and Mary. St. Michael
wrestled with Lucifer and cast him out of heaven. St. Raphael came to the aid of Tobias in the Old
Testament. In these angels there isn’t any duplicity of heart. God asks them a favor and they truly
fulfill it. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to implement our talents and gifts toward a service of this
nature? Wouldn’t it be great to be honest instruments of God’s infinite love like these three
3. The Lord’s Gaze: Jesus looks into the heart and doesn’t judge by the
appearances. Christ’s gaze penetrated Nathanael on this occasion. Jesus penetrates the motives of my
heart even though they are kept hidden from the others. Jesus is the first one to know if I am true
to the faith I have received. If I am faithful to the dictates of my conscience and obey God’s lead,
in private or in public, then I have nothing to hide and nothing to lose. If on the other hand, I am
dwindling in my surrender to Christ by boredom and monotony, then it is about time I sought renewal.
Christ needs me! How many are dying and fading away because they lack Christ and his love? I, in
turn, have been graced by many special spiritual favors! Jesus gazes into my eyes and dreams of
counts on my fidelity and love.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, thank you for the example
of these three archangels and of the holy apostles. They set us such a noble example of fidelity.
The holy apostles ended up shedding their blood for you and the holy angels aid us on our journey
towards you. Lord, seeing so many lacking the faith, I resolve to be your tireless instrument, like
them, so that many may come to praise you for all eternity.
Resolution: I will visit the
Eucharist (if this is impossible, then kneel before the crucifix) and repeat confidently, Lord I
wish to be your instrument – help me!
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