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40 Shades of Lent by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Thursday in the First Week of Lent, 02 March 2023 Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25 > + + + < Matthew 7:7-12
God our loving Father, let me desire only you in my life so that it is YOU whom I always ask for and receive, YOU whom I seek and find, YOU whom I knock for the door to be opened (Mt. 7:7).
Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to tell you my needs and plans, thank you for listening even if there is no need because YOU know best and that is why, here I am to you asking for your grace of enlightenment to put on my lips the words I must speak and in my heart the grace of docility and surrender to your holy will.
Thank you, O God, for always answering my calls, for building up strength within me (Ps.138:3); I am still learning and struggling to pray, of totally submitting myself to you like Queen Esther in the first reading when she, like Jesus your Son, offered her very self in total submission to you. Amen.