Used with permission of Creighton University Online Ministries
“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
Look upon your family, Lord, that, through the chastening effects of bodily discipline, our minds may be radiant in your presence with the strength of our yearning for you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalm 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19; Matthew 6:7-15
Help us grow in our desire for you. We are learning the intimate connection between the “discipline” we choose these days, and the growth of our desire. If our desire for our Lord is weak, if it has to compete with so many other desires that choke it out, then we need to re-form our desiring. We want to be disciples – those who love Jesus, are with Jesus in our desires, and choose to follow Jesus.
In today’s lesson we learn the Lord’s Prayer again. As children, we turn to our Loving Father in prayer.
Lord, feed us at the banquet of the Eucharist, – with all the gifts of your paschal sacrifice.
Give us a perfect heart to receive your word, – that we may bring forth fruit in patience.
Make us eager to work with you in building a better world, – so that it may listen to your Church and its gospel of peace.
We confess, Lord, that we have sinned, – wash us clean by your gift of salvation.
Father of my soul, Mother of my heart, I know your love for me is limitless beyond imagining. You care for me as a loving parent. Through my smallest Lenten sacrifices, help me to become less selfish and more aware of your ways. Fan the flame of my desire to draw ever closer to you. Guide me to seek your love.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.