(Day 1 of Novena Prayers to All Saints)
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:10
Today, we begin our Novena Prayers to All Saints, with the theme “THY WILL BE DONE”. A simple definition of sainthood is: the saints are those who allowed the will of God to be fulfilled in their lives and situations. Like Jesus Christ, they surrendered their lives to the will of God even in difficult times. So, we begin this Novena with a call to all participants to surrender all to God’s will. We must trust God’s will; it is the best that He wills for us, no matter the situation.
So when we pray, ‘thy will be done’, it’s a prayer of surrender; total surrender. We tell God, you have your way. We tell God that we trust Him enough to direct the course of our lives. Until we get to the place of total surrender where we stop struggling with God and just allow Him to direct the course of events, we will always run into danger.
Child of God, pause and read Genesis13:7-11. Lot chose the plain of Jordan because it looked nice, it seemed to him like the best decision at that time. How many times have we often acted like Lot, making decisions just on the face value of things? Just because they look nice, feel, smell, sound or taste nice doesn’t mean in general that they are good for us.
Our thoughts can get clouded by things that are not substantial and we can make wrong decisions but when we get to the place where we don’t just make decisions by what we see but by the leading of God, we would see that our lives will turn out for the best.
We think that we love ourselves but the love that God has for us is much more than what we have for ourselves. It is only wise to allow Him to take the lead, make the decisions and channel the course for our lives. Let us get to the place of surrender and say to the Lord “…THY WILL BE DONE”
MASS: GREEN ST MARTIN DEPORRES (MEM0RIAL) Phil 2:5-11; Ps 22:26b-27.28.29-30.31-32(R.26a); Accl Mt. 11:28; Gospel Lk 14:15-24
- Dear Father, You have given the saints in heaven eternal happiness and they now live in the fullness of Your glory. Because of their holy love for You, they also care about me and my family, my friends, my church, and my neighbours. Thank you for the gift of their friendship and the witness of their holy lives. I ask our patron saints and every saint who has become especially dear to me to intercede for us. I ask them to help us journey safely on the narrow path that leads to heaven. O Lord, give us their protection. Grant us their assistance in overcoming temptation and gaining the fullness of life with you.
- Take other Prayers of our Novena Prayers to All Saints as directed in DSD Section B
Exercise: Learn to submit to God’s will, He knows the best for us
Meditation: Proverbs 19:21