January 9, 2018 Tuesday of the 1st Week of Ordinary Time

1 Samuel 1:1-20

Psalm 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7,8

Mark 1:14-20

In her bitterness she prayed to the Lord, weeping copiously… 1 Sam 1:10

“This is the time of fulfillment; the Kingdom of God is at hand.”  Mk 1:15

Lord, waiting is a hard thing for many of us.  It is most difficult to suffer over the long term with no relief in sight.  Hanna anguished over her childlessness,   She waited years for her prayer to be answered.  The Jews waited many centuries for a Messiah.  Why must we wait so long for relief from whatever oppresses us?  Is waiting a part of your plan for us?  In your wisdom do you see what is best for us now and in the future?  Lord, my faith tells me you do indeed know when I am ready for your blessings.  You allow me to persevere and to trust in your goodness and constant love for me.  Please be patient with me as I pour out my soul to you in tears and misery.  Allow me to be honest with you about my fears, frustrations and anxiety.  Jesus, I need your strength today while I wait on your blessings to come.  Give me the grace to wait.  When the time is right I am confident you will fulfill all my hopes and dreams.  Amen.