Today’s Prayer – May 12
by Colleen Sisolak, Directory of Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Heavenly Father, Your strength is beyond measure. Your mercy is beyond imagination. Your love is beyond all we are able to comprehend. You are our hope, our joy, and our everything if we open our hearts to You and allow ourselves to see and experience all You desire for us, Your children.
As earthly, human people, we fail to understand Your tests. We scoff and begrudge all that is difficult or unappealing, yet we know that suffering in Your name unites us closer to You and allows us to better feel Your presence. In today’s first reading, a section reads,
“It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.”
Clearly, You remind us that what we experience on Earth is not intended to pull us away from You, but instead is necessary to join You in Heaven.
Yet, even from the days of the Psalmist, you do not simply desire us to suffer for You; no, You instead provide us with the knowledge that we need to,
“Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD, and let your faithful ones bless you. Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might.”
Responsorial Psalm 145:,10-11, 12-13ab, 21
Yes, Father, we need to be reminded that we are given our gifts to serve You and bless You, for all that we are and all that we have is because of Your majestic glory.
But we are not just called to, “undergo hardships in Your name” or “speak of Your might,” no, we are offered the most precious and heartfelt gift:
Jesus said to His disciples:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”
Gospel Jn 14:27-31a
Peace! One small word that shows so much more than an end to suffering and war. A word that is more than the simple greeting offered by the Jewish people. “Peace,” “Shalom,” this peace is our salvation! We are drawn to You completely with the fullness of this “Peace” through the resurrection of Your only son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.
May we look at this time of struggle as an opportunity to move closer to our offering of Peace to one another. Not just mere words, but a true desire to be in community with the One who made us and loves us. We are His chosen people. We are called to pick up our crosses, serve one another in the name of Jesus and offer peace to all whom we encounter.
Thank you, Lord God, for providing us with such words of encouragement and hope.
Daily readings can be found on the USCCB website here.