Prayer of the Day

Feast of St. Finnian, Bishop of Meath

December 12th, 2013
""I, the Lord your God, I am holding you by the right hand; I tell you, “Do not be afraid, I will help you."" Isaiah 41 : 13

Very often in the Old and New Testament we hear the words “do not be afraid.”   It is usually addressed to somebody being asked to change the direction of their lives.  We hear the angel saying it to Mary at the Annunciation and we hear it again spoken by Jesus to his frightened disciples before and after the resurrection.  As we proceed through our Advent journey we hear the very consoling words “do not be afraid, I will help you.”  This promise should give us courage when we feel overwhelmed by our brokenness.  We are assured that God will never abandon us for “the Lord is kind and full of compassion, slow to anger, abounding in love.  He does not treat us according to our sins nor repay us according to our faults.” (Psalm  102)

Prayer God of love give me an awareness of your hidden presence and your merciful love especially when I am overcome by my imperfections and failures and I want to give up. Amen