Friday of the Thirty First Week in Ordinary Time
I will employ the time of my examination of conscience today to thank God for all the graces and blessings he has bestowed upon me. I will make a careful accounting of what God has placed in my hands.
son, Jesus Christ, has asked me to make a commitment to this moment of prayer in my daily journey.
What will he do? I suppose he will teach me about you since this seems to be his favorite topic. He
has told me that you are love and mercy, and that you know how to give good things to us your
children. Look favorably on this moment of conversation and receive me more deeply into your love
through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen. Jesus Christ, where else can I turn each day but to you? One
day, I will make that final turn to you, and it will last for all eternity. Yet as in everything
else, you set the pace, you take the initiative, and you are the protagonist. You will turn and look
my way first and I, as I strive daily to do, will respond and gaze back into your eyes. This moment
of prayer is a rehearsal for that final turn to you. Amen.
Lord, allow me
to drink deeper of the experience of help me to respond better to your love.
1. What Is
This? "What is this I hear about you?!"
Of course, this is just a parable. In actuality, God
doesn't need to "hear" anything about us since he is all-knowing. Yet, he may very well say to us,
"What is this!" as he looks over the record of our lives and reminds us that we are accountable for
all our free actions. Let us take a look, in our prayer now, at the face of this Father who asks,
"What is this?!" Does it not express concern over a wound in our soul, over something that has
marred the beauty of our image as sons and daughters of this Father?
2. A Full
Yes, we will have to give that full account. The sacrament of reconciliation,
prepared by thoughtful and prayerful examinations of conscience, affords us the opportunities to
give that account, piece-by-piece, as a preparation for the final audit. What a grace! Are we taking
advantage of it?
Could the Good Lord accuse us of being a
squanderers? This isn't the only place in the Gospels where the word appears. Recall that the
Prodigal Son was accused of squandering his father's wealth. Certainly to squander is to misuse, to
use unwisely, to waste, or to use extravagantly. What about all the graces that God has given to us:
our faith, our Catholic Church, the sacraments, the scriptures, the example of the saints, the rich
deposit of Catholic tradition, the means that have been placed in our hands today, the time we have
been offered, the talents we have been given? Are we squanderers? How can I respond better to the
many gifts Our Lord has given me? How can I better "invest" my talents for the sake of the Kingdom
Conversation with Christ:
Lord Jesus Christ, awaken me to your gifts and make
me zealous and generous in using them for your glory, for the good of the Church and for the
brothers and sisters you have put at my side. Through my daily examination of conscience, help me to
be a good steward so as tothat one day I may arrive with you and enjoy you in paradise as my eternal
I will employ the time of my examination of conscience today to
thank God for all the graces and blessings he has bestowed upon me. I will make a careful accounting
of what God has placed in my hands.