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, it is said that there are three kinds of givers -- the flint, the sponge and the honeycomb. To get anything out of a flint I must hammer it, then I would only get only chips and sparks. To get water out of a sponge I must squeeze it and the more pressure I use, the more water I will get. But the honeycomb just overflows with its own sweetness.
I have decided today, this very minute that I will be a honeycomb and overflow with sweetness. It is written that You Father, Love a cheerful giver, so I will cheerfully give of myself whether that is a smile, a deed, an action or a feeling. I choose to have a kind and cheerful spirit because that is who I am by spiritual nature. Since I am Your child and Your heir, then Your Spiritual DNA absolutely has to reside in me. It is my nature! Being cheerful is who I am!
Thank You Father, thank You for this Light and cheerfulness inside of me that wants to get out and shine magnificently and positively affect others and glorify Your Name. It's all about You, as it always has been, and should be.
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 Luke
[Jesus said to them . . . ]
19 "There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day.
20 And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,
21 who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man's table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores.
22 When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried,
23 and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.
24 And he cried out, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.'
25 Abraham replied, 'My child, remember that you received what was Good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.
26 Moreover, between us and you a great chasm (canyon, abyss) is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours.'
27 He said, 'Then I beg you, father, send him to my father's house,
28 for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.'
29 But Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.'
30 He said, 'Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'
31 Then Abraham said, 'If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.'"
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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