Praise and glory to you,
God our loving Father;
thank you for another week
thank you for this brand new day
thank you for this gift of life
and thank you for
reassuring us of your love
and saving presence.
Then he said:
"I am God,
The God of your father.
Do not be afraid
to go down to Egypt,
for there I will make you
a great nation.
Not only will I go down to Egypt
with you; I will also bring you back here,
after Joseph has closed your eyes."
Many among us, dear Lord
are like Jacob moving to Egypt:
lives are disrupted
routines are broken
due to sickness and other trials in life;
assure them too of your presence
and please, bring them back home
safe and well.
Keep us faithful to you, Father.
When trials and difficulties come,
we are always shaken
and tempted to find the easy way out;
worst is when things become unbearable,
we plead to you for an end of sufferings
without realizing that is when you are closest
to us in your Son Jesus Christ.
Jesus said to his Apostles:
"Behold, I am sending you
like sheep in the midst of wolves;
so be shrewd as serpents
and simple as doves.
You will be hated by all
because of my name,
but whoever endures to the end
will be saved."
Please grant us the wisdom
and humility to live our lives
in true freedom to you, dear God;
to let go of our false securities and
comfort zones, the "agere contra"
according to St. Ignatius of Loyola
so we may grow truly in you
who has the final say on everything. Amen.