Prayer for the Morning
Blessed are you, O God of the universe,
giver of all good gifts!
Glory to the Father…. Amen.
We sinned each day we passed you by
And did not bind your wound,
To this one’s pain and that one’s cry
So doing to the very least,
We did, O Lord, to you;
For, like the Levite and the priest,
We had so much to do.
We left you lying there for dead,
Abandoned and unhealed;
In your unheeded cry for bread
Is selfishness revealed!
Psalm 52:3, 5, 7-11
He who trusts in his riches will fall,/ but like green leaves the just flourish. (Prv 11:28)
Treasure of every kind, material or not, is a gift from God, given to be shared and not hoarded. Trust in God, rather than a stockpile of personal resources, is the source of our salvation. Wickedness is not always overt: the neglect of simple kindness, great or small, kills as surely as open violence.
Why do you boast of your wickedness,
you champion of evil?
You love evil more than good;
lies more than truth.
For this God will destroy you
and remove you for ever.
He will snatch you from your tent and uproot you
from the land of the living.
The just shall see and fear.
They shall laugh and say:
“So this is the man who refused
to take God as his stronghold,
but trusted in the greatness of his wealth
and grew powerful by his crimes.”
But I am like a growing olive tree
in the house of God.
I trust in the goodness of God
for ever and ever.
I will thank you for evermore;
for this is your doing.
I will proclaim that your name is good,
in the presence of your friends.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Jeremiah 5:27b-29)
They grow powerful and rich,/ fat and sleek./ They go their wicked way;/ justice they do not defend/ By advancing the claim of the fatherless/ or judging the cause of the poor./ Shall I not punish these things? says the Lord;/ on a nation such as this shall I not take vengeance?
As you have given, so shall you receive.
(cf. Lk 6:38)
Canticle of Zechariah
If one of your kinsmen in any community is in need in the land which the Lord, your God, is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor close your hand to him in his need. (Dt 15:7)
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet
of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory to the Father…
Absorption in one’s own interests causes the heart to grow hard and die. Let us pray for the gift of life for all our sisters and brothers:
R/Lord of life, grant life to all.
For those who are rich in this world’s goods,
– that they may find blessing in generosity to the poor and hungry: R/
For those who are rich in the gifts of the mind,
– that they may find blessing in putting their abilities to work for the common good: R/
For those who are rich in the gifts of the heart,
– that they may find blessing by loving those who are unlovable and unloved: R/
O God, you loved the world so much that you gave your Only Begotten Son for our salvation. Grant that we, who have received such a gift from you, may withhold from those in need no gift that lies within our power to give, through Christ our Lord. Amen.