For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, there are times when I treat strangers with less attention and respect than I should. I know how judgmental I can be and I also know how unattractive I can be when I behave in this way. Yet, I don't know why I do this and I offer no excuse. As I think about this lack of attention and respect toward strangers and those who assist me in my everyday Life, it has made me think more about how I treat those who are closest to me and those that I Love, including my friends and family. Father, help me to become the helpful and kind person that you made me to be and help me to see Your "I AM" presence in every person who I come in contact with. Please help me to be a more forgiving, tolerant and merciful. I do realize what I have 'not' done to the least of your brothers and sisters, I have also done to You. Please help me be more attentive toward humanity and to move through my Life with grace and humility.
Through Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face, I thank You for this awareness. Amen~
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
31 "When the Son of man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.
32 Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats,
33 and He will place the sheep at His right hand, but the goats at the left.
34 Then the King will say to those at His right hand, `Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'
37 Then the righteous will answer Him, `Lord, when did we see Thee hungry and feed Thee, or thirsty and give Thee drink?
38 And when did we see Thee a stranger and welcome Thee, or naked and clothe Thee?
39 And when did we see Thee sick or in prison and visit Thee?'
40 And the King will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'
41 Then He will say to those at His left hand, `Depart from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the evil one and his angels;
42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink,
43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome Me, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.'
44 Then they also will answer, `Lord, when did we see Thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to Thee?'
45 Then He will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to Me.'
46 And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal Life."
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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