I tell you most solemnly, no servant is greater than his master or a messenger greater than the man who sent him. Now that you know this, happiness will be yours if you behave accordingly. I am not speaking about all of you: I know the ones I have chosen, but what scripture says must be fulfilled…” (John 13:16-18)
Contentment comes when I know that I am doing what I am meant to do where I am meant to do it. Consciously living in the present moment allows us to witness God’s love and be his instruments of grace at the only moment when we can affect the environment around us.
Yet always on my mind and heart is the realization that I cannot always be my best in every circumstance, and in the humility of that realization blossoms the short prayer that I constantly repeat whenever I feel that I fall short:
“Lord, you know my heart, help me who needs you, but that your will be done.”
This simple prayer acknowledges my dependence on God. He does not abandon his chosen ones but instead, as a good Master, cares for and helps us. After this prayer leaves my lips, I feel strengthened to continue to try my best.
In the same way, when I approach Communion, I know that I am a poor sinner, and I repeat my prayer, “Lord, you know my heart..”
May we all approach the throne of glory full of hope, with all our love, and exercising our humility, that we may be strengthened.
God knows our hearts… Let us have faith in God and behave according to his word and will so that what we are called to do may be fulfilled with him who helps us.
Let us pray:
“May our prayers rise up to you, O Lord, together with the sacrificial offerings, so that, purified by your graciousness, we may be conformed to the mysteries of your mighty love through Christ our Lord.” Amen. (Prayer over the Offerings)