Note: First posted on April 7, 2020 under the title A-Lenten-Prayer-a-Day, Day 36, Tuesday in Holy Week and, here, given nearly a year of further reflection and additional aging, slightly revised.
On a day’s reflection on the restlessness of yesterday’s early morn (being a meditation on Mark 14.7 and John 6.5-13)
O Lord, daily I feel afresh my frailty.
Especially during these viral-times of isolation, I do not have, always and in all ways, the wealth of strength or sense or substance to serve my sisters and brothers in need, whether near or far.
Yet I remember the words of Your Son: “You always have the poor with you and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish.”
O Lord, alway pour Your Love into my heart that I have kindness for all who suffer and that I may be kind, doing whatever I can whenever I can with whatever I have for whomever is in need.
O Lord, alway teach me to trust that You, with whatever I offer, great or small, as that child with but five loaves and two fish, can feed our hunger.
© 2021 PRA
Illustration: The miracles of the loaves and fish, Jacob de Backer (1555-1591). Note: de Backer depicts that moment in the Gospel according to St. John when, in preparation for the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to (Jesus), “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish.”