Image: George Mendoza
Good morning, good God!
The psalm for today's Mass
is one of my favorites:
The LORD is my shepherd,I need a shepherd, Lord,
I shall not want...
Beside restful waters he leads me,
he refreshes my soul...
He guides me in right paths...
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil, for you are at my side...
you give me courage...
and I pray that you will be a shepherd for me...
I offer you my need to be guarded and guided,
my desire to be led along the right path,
my longing to be refreshed, renewed
and reconciled to your ways...
I offer you my hope
that I will learn to want for nothing
except for what you offer and give me,
that I might learn to see
that everything I need comes from your hand...
I offer you my plea
to be guided through the dark valley of my fears
to the meadows where your peace brings me joy...
I offer you my prayer for the courage
which is yours to give,
the courage that leads me to trust
not in my own strength, but in yours...
Like a good shepherd,
alert me to evil when it crosses my path
and help me to trust that always
you are by my side...
Open my heart and my eyes, Lord,
to the ways in which I might shepherd rightly
those around me and those I meet today...
One day at a time this Lent, Lord:
you and me, with the Church,
in the grace of your Holy Spirit...
- Heart image by Gwen Mehorg
- Coffee image by George Mendoza