NIGHT PRAYER: Monday 11/28

I'm an easy mark for advertisers, Lord
- especially 'round this time of year.
Tell me something's on sale
and you know I'm gonna wanna have it
- regardless of whether I need it or not!
BOGO?  Of course I need two
- even though I may not even need one!

A trinket, a bauble, a holiday ornament? 
It's in my bag! 
But all too often, too many times,
it never gets hung on a branch
- if I find time to put up a tree...
And then there's the food and drink,
egg nogg and cookies, 
chocolates and peppermint,
sweet candy canes and buches de noel:
    all manner of munchies
    I just don't need...

But this year, Lord, here's what I pray:
    keep me from spending so foolishly
    and nudge me to donate more generously
    to those whose needs are stark and real:
        shelter and warmth and food and clothing
        for the poor whose cry you always hear
            - and wait for me to answer...

Protect me, Lord, while I'm awake
and watch over me while I sleep
that awake, I might keep watch with you
and asleep, rest in your peace...
The video for tonight's music features a sculpture,
Homeless Jesus by Timothy Schmalz
one of my favorite artists...
The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor by John Foley, SJ

If a video doesn't appear below, click here!


Advent Blessing  
    composed by Michael Joncas and Alan Hommerding




1 comment:

  1. I looked up Timothy Schmaltz’s “Homeless Jesus” to find copies are in over 100 cities around the world, but not in Boston.


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