Prayer for consolation

The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul

Monday, Week XXII, Year I, 02 September 2019

1Thessalonians 4:13-18 ><)))*> ><)))*> Luke 4:16-30

Yvoire, France. Photo by Fr. Gerry Pascual, August

“Therefore, console one another with these words.”

1 Thessalonians 4:18

Today, O Lord, I felt your words fulfilled in my hearing.

When St. Paul reminded the Thessalonians in the first reading of your resurrection and of your second coming any time, I felt a dash of hope and sense of joy within because I feel no longer alone because you are with me.

How sad, O Lord, that despite our many advancements in the sciences and technology, we are still alone, fragmented as a people where nobody seem to care at all with one another, always moving, going places, refusing to even stay in one place anymore.

Sometimes, our words are alienating than consoling.

From the ancient language of Latin, help us reflect on the true meaning of to console which is from “con” or with, and, “solare” for alone that together literally mean “to accompany someone alone” or to be with somebody who is alone.

We are no longer alone, Lord, in your presence especially in your words and the Eucharist. Problem is, like your own folks, we always abandon you, leave you alone or worst, even drive you out of our homes for various reasons.

Help us to console, to accompany those alone, by sharing your words of life by giving life to your words to those around us especially the sick, those going through many challenges in life, and those abandoned by family and friends and society.

Let us come to you, welcome you instead of driving you away. Amen.

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