Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24

Psalm 25

Luke 1:57-66

Your ways, O Lord, make known to me; teach me your paths… Psalm 25:4

Lord, how can I possibly learn and understand your ways?  As far as the heavens are above the earth so are your ways above mine.  I am a sinner and very limited when it comes to comprehending the mysteries of an infinite God.  To learn your ways I must empty myself of self-centeredness and pride.  I must let go of the passions of the flesh and the arrogance of self-sufficiency.  I must become like a little child: open, eager, humble and hungry for you.  Like a good teacher, you present your lessons to me in many ways.  The best ways are those that suit the way I learn best.  You teach me by the treasury of scripture, the wisdom of the Catholic Church, the experience of liturgy, the companionship of holy people, and the beauty and wonder of nature.   I have received the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the nourishment of the Eucharist.  As I continue on my pilgrimage, Lord, let me never become complacent or closed to the new and exciting ways you desire to reveal yourself to me.   Amen