May 30, 2018 Wednesday of the 8th Week in Ordinary Time–B

1 Peter 1:18-25

Psalm 147

Mark 10:32-45

…love one another intensely from a pure heart.  1 Pt. 1:22

“…do for us whatever we ask of you.”  Mk. 10:35

Lord, we ask in our prayers so much of you.  I know you delight in listening to our petitions and giving us all that is good for us.  I also know we can become very narrow minded in what we ask for.  Like the brothers Zebedee, I can become focused on what I want you to do for me.  I can fail to see the big picture and what you know is best.  Your word today urges me to love you and others out of a pure heart.  A pure heart is not self-serving.  A pure heart doesn’t ask what I can get out of being kind.  A pure heart is not proud, arrogant, jealous or envious.  A pure heart seeks to please you and not myself.  This is hard, Lord, because loving like you ask me to doesn’t’ come naturally.  Too often I look out for number one.  Thank you for this lesson today on greatness being a result of service.  Help me to serve and not to count the cost.  May I follow the example of your mother Mary who gave herself completely with a pure heart.  Amen