For love of Jesus, I will renew, refresh and invigorate the act of faith with which I begin every day in my morning offering
John 11: 19-27
Heavenly Father, once again I renew my faith in your plan for my life. I trust in
your loving providence, and I know that no one can snatch me from your hands. You know well that I
love you. I wish to be more open and docile to your plan and action in my life. Take this time that
I now set aside for prayer. Take my mind, will and heart; take my gifts and talents. I lay them at
your feet through this prayer. Do with me today according to your holy and loving plan.
Lord Jesus, deepen my faith in your
1. Do You Believe This? This is the fundamental question in our life
Do we, in fact, believe it all? Do we really believe that the human race was
mysteriously subjected to the catastrophic consequences of our first parents' disobedience to the
divine will? Do we really believe what we say in the Creed every Sunday? Do we believe that Jesus of
Nazareth died and rose from the dead to conquer sin, and now lives to draw all people to himself as
their savior? The great challenge for the Christian in our thoroughly post-modern, post-Christian,
technical age is to unabashedly say "Yes!"
2. Keeping Faith Simple:
One of the
greatest challenges in the Christian life is to keep our faith simple. Our tendency is toward
sophistication and complication. While certainly the ability to think and reason well is a gift and
has its place in the Christian life, we must be equally aware that the in-born tendency to
rationalism can be a non-starter for a genuine life of faith. We cannot afford to fall into today's
error of trying to size God down according to our meager perceptions and self-centered attitudes.
Christ is much more; God ways are far more sublime than what our limited vision can create. A simple
faith is so pleasing to God because then he has leeway for his supernatural action. Then he can do
something within us and through us.
3. Keeping Faith Robust:
This simple faith can
and must launch us upward and outward in the task of bringing Christ's love to every soul. Our
simple faith can rapidly ignite and convert us into relentless apostles of the Kingdom, like St.
Paul. We need to make his words our own: "What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will
anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? (O) No, in
all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither
death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers,
nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in
Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:35-39).
Conversation with Christ:
Lord Jesus, give
me strength to bear the burden of drawing others closer to you. Let me feel, with St. Paul, the
sting of "Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!" And when I do set out to give others reasons for
my faith, accompany me with your Holy Spirit to give success to my poor efforts.
For love of Jesus, I will renew, refresh and invigorate the act of
faith with which I begin every day in my morning offering.