We pray + in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, 'I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.'
Turning to the disciples in private he said, 'Blesses are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.'
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Lord!
Reflection: Reflect back on the past year, has there been a time, either in a struggle or in a blessing, when you felt the Father, or the Son, was close to you?
Or, when you pray, do you approach your prayer as a son or daughter going to their Father and asking Him for what you can not give or do yourself? When was the last time you cried out, 'Abba, Father! Hear my prayer!'?
We pray: Look with favor, Lord God, on our petitions, and in our trials grant us your compassionate help, that, consoled by the presence of your Son, whose coming we now await, we may be tainted no longer by the corruption of former ways. We ask through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
In the name + of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.