Friday in the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time
I give thanks to God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you... (Philippians 1:3-4)
Lord, I am sorry to admit that I know I do not give thanks to you with every remembrance of people in my life. Some memories persist because I am unhappy with the way I treated others; some persist because I am still angry over the way others have treated me. Do I still remember because I am unable or have been unwilling to offer You thanks?
St. Paul prays that Your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception; may this include my memory, Lord, so that I my long for all people in my remembrance with the affection of Christ Jesus. Let my thanksgiving be rooted in the confidence and trust that You, who begin all good work in us, will continue to complete it.