Come, Holy Spirit. Make me perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect.
Picture Jesus asking the disciples to imitate the Father.
Jesus continually demands that his disciples show goodness towards enemies. They must act as children of a heavenly Father. At the end Jesus reveals his goal. He wants the disciples to be as perfect as the heavenly Father.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- Jesus calls you to the height of holiness.
- He asks you to love everyone and to exclude all hatred.
- He offers you the highest reward. You will be a child of the heavenly Father.
- Look at how God acts. He sends his sun and his rain on everyone, good or bad.
- Jesus wants you to act in the same way.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- Jesus, lead me to your heights of holiness.
- O Jesus, give me a new way to live.
- Let your love cast out all my hatred.
- Make me a child of the heavenly Father.
- I will shower my love and my forgiveness upon everyone.
- You call me to be perfect as the Father. I will begin right now.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will let everyone into my heart this day.
+ I will remove my hatred and critical spirit.