JESUS, WE ASK FORGIVENESS
[FRIDAY, 3 AUGUST 2012]
Coming to His own country He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And are not His brethren James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all His sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this? And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his won house.” And He did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief. (Mt 13:54-58 RSV)
Prayer: Jesus, we ask You to lessen our pride. It is so foolish for us to be proud of any thing we have or anything we are. Anything that good about us, came from You. We have nothing that we haven’t been given. We remember how You were insulted in Your home town, because You were a carpenter’s son. We insult You, too, when we think ourselves better than others, because of the free gifts You have given us. We ask forgiveness for those times we have been proud. We ask forgiveness of those whom we have looked down upon; we open our hearts to You and ask You to empty them of sin. Fill them with Your love, to teach us to be the servants of all others. Amen.
The prayer is taken from Fr. Killian Speckner OFMConv., THE PRAYERS OF FATHER KILLIAN – A Franciscan Missionary’s Guide to Daily Devotion, Paraclete Press, 1986.
A Christian Pilgrim