29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Lord our God, Father of all,
you guard us under the shadow of your wings
and search into the depths of our hearts.
Remove the blindness that cannot know you
and relieve the fear that would hide us from your sight.
I pray to the Lord who bends close to hear my prayer.
My help shall come from the Lord who made heaven and earth.
Refuse falsehood, correct error … but do this with patience and with the intention of teaching.
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our mind, so that we can see what hope his call holds for us.
Will not God see justice done to his chosen who cry to him day and night even when he delays to help them?
Slowly and quietly I settle down to pray. Perhaps I sit or kneel before a statue, a holy picture, or a lit candle – whatever helps me open myself ‘to the Lord who bends close to hear our prayer.’
I read the prayer slowly – deliberately lingering on each individual word. On what do I find myself pondering? Which phrase or word appears to move me the most?
I notice the images: ‘the shadow of your wings’, ‘the depths of our hearts’, the ‘blindness’ …
I ask the Lord to help me name my fears. I let him come close to me, and I wait patiently for his Spirit of Love to touch, encourage or maybe even challenge me.
Before closing my prayer, I read the text once more making it my own. What has this time of prayer meant to me?
I tell the Lord and thank him.