I would like to share a prayer with you. Today the gospel asks us if we are as willing to sacrifice for a heavenly award as we are for a worldly reward. As we reflect on the message from today's gospel, we can each say the following prayer:
Lord, open our ears to hear your word even when we'd rather not listen to it, because it challenges us more than we want to be challenged.
Lord, open our minds to your word even when we'd rather not think about it, because it disturbs us more than we want to be disturbed.
Lord, help us put your word into practice even when we'd rather not act on it, because it means changing what we'd rather not change.
Above all, Lord, help us realize that you never ask us to do anything that you won't bless us for beyond our wildest dreams. You are never outdone in generosity.
Sincerely in Christ,