Wednesday, First Week of Advent
Prayer of Ven. Bruno Lanteri
Almighty and Eternal God, I (name), although most unworthy, but encouraged by your compassion and infinite mercy, and by the desire of serving you, offer before the Most Holy Virgin Mary and all the Court of Heaven, to your Divine Majesty, this day, and all my thoughts, words and actions in it. I humbly beg of your infinite goodness and mercy, by the Blood of Jesus Christ, that you choose to accept this offering in the odor of sweetness, and that as you have given me the grace to desire and to make this offering, so also you grant me the grace to fulfill it. Amen.
O Virgin immaculately conceived, put into my heart those things of your Son most pleasing to him. Amen.
Scripture: Nehemiah 9:7-8
You are the LORD God who chose Abram,Who brought him from Ur of the Chaldees, who named him Abraham. You found his heart faithful in your sight, you made the covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites, and Girgashites to him and his descendants. You fulfilled your promises, for you are just.
Reflection: God’s plan of salvation began with Abraham. Through the original sin, mankind left God’s presence. But God called to Abraham to establish a covenant. He pitched his tent with Abraham and with you. In ancient times, to pitch one’s tent with someone meant that that tribe’s history was now your history. That their family was now your family and your history and your family was now theirs. God has made his history your history and his family your family. And he has taken on your history as well. Are you sharing your history with him? Are you sharing your family with him? And are you receiving his history as yours?