July 27, 2023, Thursday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time-A

Exodus 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20

Psalm Daniel 3:52-56

Matthew 13:10-17

“…blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.” 

Matthew 13:16

Lord, thank you for the gift of hearing and seeing what you’ve created.  When I look upon the universe or listen to a symphony I see and hear you. A sunrise, a birdsong, a loved one’s smile or a whispered “I love you” are all signs of your presence. I am reminded of your love when I see compassion for a lonely widow or a mom or dad giving up their day off to take their kids to a day of fun. Lord, I see and hear so much more of you when I let go of my pride and hardness of heart. I am more aware of you when I take on a humble attitude and repent of my faults and failures. Give me the eyes and ears of faith so I may discern all that you wish to reveal to me.  Lord, speak to me today in a new way and help me see you in a new place. May I encounter you in every moment whether it’s a happy one or a suffering one. Keep my eyes and ears open and ready for your precious word all the time to sink into my heart.  Amen.