October 11th – Feast of St. Pope John XXIII
“All powerful and ever living God, you called St. John XXIII to guide your people by his word and example. With him, we pray to you; watch over the pastors of your Church, with the people entrusted to their care, and lead them to salvation.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen!
From the Liturgy of the Hours, Morning Prayer, Common of Pastors.
“Behold, the fiery sun is rising; may blindness at last depart-let us speak nothing underhanded, let us consider nothing dark. To God the Father be glory, and to his only Son, with the Spirit, the Paraclete, for everlasting ages. Amen!” *
*The Little Book of Hours”, Paraclete Press.
To my words give ear, O Lord, give heed to my groaning. Attend to the sound of my cries, my King and my God.
It is you whom I invoke, O Lord. In the morning you hear me; in the morning I offer you my prayer, watching and waiting.” (Psalm 5)
At dawn let me hear of your kindness, for in you I trust. Show me the path I should walk, for to you I entrust my life.
Rescue me, Lord, from my foes, for in you I hope.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level.
For name’s sake, Lord, give me life, in your justice lead me out of distress.
This psalm is one of those that is recited during Morning Prayer in the Liturgy of Hours. It is a prayer of hope, that God will be with us throughout our day, through good times, and difficult times. It is a prayer of someone who is seeking the Lord’s guidance in one’s daily life. No matter how mundane, how boring, how stressful our lives may be, we hope that God is guiding us. We pray that we are open to that guidance.