Give Me Grace
When do we see signs of God's graces in our lives? Even those who don't quite understand what faith is have some perception of grace. It's the time of peace, strength and courage you feel in situations you should be afraid and weak. It's the day you're unbearably tired and need strength to make it through and find your way. Even in times when you're afraid and lose your way, it's important not to fall, not to cast blame and envy, but to seek grace and hope. Being a Christian means facing every situation with God's help, no matter what happens or how afraid you may feel, it's how we find hope and make it to the other side.
Today's Gospel states:'And as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, "As for these things which you see, the days will come when there shall not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down." And they asked him, "Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign when this is about to take place?" And he said, "Take heed that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name, saying, `I am he!' and, `The time is at hand!' Do not go after them. And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified; for this must first take place, but the end will not be at once." Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven'(Luke 21:5-11).
Today's Gospel talks about how we can never know when we'll see God's Kingdom, it could be at any moment. There are many idols and distractions in our world that can lead us away from Christ. However, all of those earthly things cannot bring us the fulfillment and grace we find in God. There is not the same feeling of peace and hope to face the day. We all need grace, especially when we're constantly being tempted and challenged by those of other beliefs and worldly views. Take some time to ask God to help you find grace in your life.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic prayers' a prayer for grace and guidance:
Oh my God, You know my weakness and failings, and that without Your help I can accomplish nothing for the good of souls, my own and others’. Grant me, therefore, the help of Your grace. Grant it according to my particular needs this day. Enable me to see the task You will set before me in the daily routine of my life, and help me work hard at my appointed tasks. Teach me to bear patiently all the trials of suffering or failure that may come to me today. Amen.