Dear God, as You gave us the sun to lighten our days, so You have given us Your Word to lighten our minds and our souls. I pray that You will pour out on me Your Spirit as I pray today, that my heart and mind may be opened to Your Word. And, that I may learn and accept Your will for my life.
Shine within my heart, loving God, the pure light of Your divine knowledge. Open the eyes of my mind and the ears of my heart to receive Your Word, this day and always. Grant me the grace to be patient and vigilant in watching, waiting, and listening attentively, so that I won't miss Christ when he comes knocking at my door.
Remove whatever hinders me from receiving the gifts which the Savior brings — Joy, Peace, Justice, Mercy, and Love. And, let me always remember that these are gifts that are only received by giving. Let me remember, during this season and throughout the year, the downtrodden, the oppressed, the outcast, the prisoner, the weak, and the defenseless, with my prayers and with my substance.