Today’s Prayer – May 27
by Deborah Jenkins, Administrative Assistant
In today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we are reminded of Jesus’ words: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Jesus, loving Son of the Father, we adore You and bless You as our Lord and Savior. You not only gave us wise words to live by, but You also blessed us with the most precious and invaluable gifts. You gave us the gift of salvation through Your suffering, death and resurrection. But before You gave us that gift, You also blessed us with the gift of Yourself by instituting the Sacrament of the Eucharist! What an amazing miracle that occurs every time Mass is said! Let us never take that blessing for granted!
When You instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist during that Passover meal on Holy Thursday, You gave us Everlasting Food. When we consume Your Body and Blood we bear witness that we are one with You. When we say, “Amen,” we are asserting: Yes, Lord, we believe! When we accept the great gift of Your precious Body and Blood we are accepting Your bountiful grace and sustenance for our souls – nourishment beyond compare.
Jesus, sweet Savior, You also gave us the gift of Salvation – a gift that only You could give. That priceless gift came entirely through the selfless act of Your passion, Your death, and Your resurrection for US. You made the ultimate sacrifice to win our salvation….but You would have done it if it were necessary for my salvation alone! By Your great act of love, You have won for us, not only forgiveness of our sins, but everlasting life with You, Your most pure mother, Mary, Your foster father, St. Joseph, and all the angels and saints.
O, Jesus, loving Master, help us never to take for granted the priceless gifts You have so generously given us, asking only for our love in return. Then, by Your example, may we always look for the joy and blessings found by giving to others as opposed to looking for what we might receive from them. Following Your example, may we selflessly be, the face of Christ for all Your children.
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