In the Name of Jesus.... I Pray
May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships - so that we may live deep within our hearts. May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people - so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace. May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war - so that we may reach out our hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy. And may God bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in the world - so that we can do what others claim cannot be done, to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
Amen. (Franciscan Benediction)
Do we have the courage to pray for such 'blessings'? Do we even have the eyes to see that discomfort, anger, tears and foolishness might just be blessings? Do we have the strength to stand up for those who cannot stand for themselves? Do we love Jesus enough to do it all in the power of His Name?
Please don't look at this and say... 'Oh, I'm not catholic and I'm not going to consider something written by monks.' Can we not see the heart of Jesus in the words and writings of those who just may have loved Him just as much as we do? Only God searches and knows the heart...