Prayer to value persons

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Wednesday, Week XXVII, Year I, 09 October 2019

Jonah 4:1-11 ><)))*> ><)))*> ><)))*> Luke 11:1-4

Photo by Mr. Jim Marpa at Otap, Carigara, Leyte. September 2019.

O dear God…

How could some people be like Jonah in our first reading today — prayerful and a man of God and yet be so mean not to see the value of every person?

Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry that God did not carry out the evil he threatened against Nineveh. The the Lord said to Jonah, “You are concerned over the plant which cost you no labor and which you did not raise; it came up in one night and in one night it perished. And should I not be concerned over Nineveh, the great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot distinguish their right hand from their left, not to mention the many cattle?”

Jonah 4:1, 10-11

Forgive us, Lord, when things like money and gadgets, whims and desires blind our eyes not to see and recognize every person who must be loved and cherished.

Forgive us when there are times we forget all about respect, even civility especially when all we see are the sins and mistakes, weaknesses and shortcomings of people that make us speak ill them, judging them harshly with our words that we forget we never lose dignity and honor because we are all created in your image and likeness, Lord.

Please teach us, Jesus, like your disciples in the gospel today the right attitude of praying which is recognizing the value of every person so we can truly pray and say

“Father, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come.”

Luke 11:2

It is only when we value persons more than anything else can we truly mean our prayers to you, O Lord and God. Amen.

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