Francois-Barthelemy-Marius Abel (1832-1870) Figure kneeling in prayer, 1856 Watercolor and brown ink on medium weight off-white wove paper By Shepherd Gallery (Flickr: ABEL – Figure Kneeling in Prayer) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
So often my prayers are imperious.
I forget prayer is a time of self-emptying, of surrendering myself to God.
Today I will pray to be blessed with the knowledge of God’s will for me and the grace to carry it out.
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” Mark 10:35
James Tissot (1836-1902) Le jeune homme riche s’en alla triste opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, between 1886 and 1894 Brooklyn Museum
I enjoy my comforts. A warm home. Running water. Books. An Internet connection. A telephone – two, in fact. A car to drive. Wool sweaters. Plenty and a variety of food to eat.
I’m not quite ready to sell what I have and give to the poor.
But I can share. I can bring goods to the food pantry each week. I can clean out my closet and clear my shelves of items I don’t need and give them to an organization that will use them to help the poor. I can designate some of my monthly income for charitable donations.
Small steps on the way to follow Jesus.
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21
Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1472-1553 Christ Blessing the Children oil on panel, 1537 Kraków, Wawel Castle
Today I will let the child in me accept God’s kingdom of peace, love, compassion, and comfort with wonder, delight, joy, and awe.
And with the knowing that I am blessed and welcome.
[Jesus said to them,] “Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Then he embraced [the children] and blessed them, placing his hands on them. Mark 10:15-16