Prayer For the Week of March 18–Fixing Our Eyes On Jesus

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Charlotte Bronte said she preferred not to look behind or ahead, but to rather look above.

That’s great advice for this season of Lent.  But, also good advice for every single day.  That’s just a good way to live.  It doesn’t mean we don’t have to reflect on the past in order to do better.  Doesn’t mean we don’t have to plan for the future and understand the times.  But, it does mean that our focus needs to be on something greater than our regrets or speculations.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:1-2

This world has a lot of things that distract!  I set about with a goal in mind and by 3pm I wonder, “What did I accomplish?!”  There’s that.  But, there’s also just the other, less tangible things.  There are the values of the culture that start to seep in like a vessel without a good seal, all while I am unaware.  There are the struggles to find balance of time and energy and the good vs. the best.  There are personality struggles with family members and friends.  So many things that call to us.

So many things that beckon our eyes off of Jesus.

But in this season, the Lord is calling me to look above.  When I pull my gaze from the troubles, values, and distractions of this world and look above I see something amazing.  A great cloud of witnesses; I am not running alone.  I have a cheering section of the saints who have gone before.  As St. Therese said, they are spending their time in heaven doing good on earth.

And there is Jesus, who has already finished the race.  Already perfected the faith.  Sitting there at the right hand of God.  And He’s not passively watching either.  He’s making intercession for me.  (Romans 8:34)

My prayer this week:

Jesus, give me the grace to keep my eyes firmly fixed on You, that the things of this earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of Your glory and grace.  Amen.

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