January 19, 2023

Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will. (Psalms 40:8a, 9a)

YOUR WILL: Today, it was the Responsorial Psalm that caught my eye. It made me think about how I begin my day.

How often do I start my daily prayer with a list of things I need? I can picture God sitting at a desk in a small cubicle and me dropping a huge stack of files in front of him, “Good morning, God. This is what I need you to get done for me today.”

What if we began with addressing HIS needs? Today’s Responsorial Psalm captures that sentiment. Re-phrased, it says: “I am at your disposal, God. What do you need from me today?”

Then, to take it either further, what if we actually did it? What if we focused solely on doing his will throughout our day?

More days than not, even if I remember to say, Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will, I very seldom follow through in my actions.

However, on those rare days I both say it AND do it, one of two things occurs:

One – When I do God’s will, my own needs pale in comparison and most often prove to be wants rather than needs.

Or two – My own needs are met in the process of carrying out God’s will for me.

Either way, we can’t go wrong doing God’s will.


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