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Responding to God's Invitation to Commit More Fully to Him

I love you and I am inviting you to commit more fully to me , love God

“Love the Lord Your God with your whole heart, your whole soul, and Love your Neighbor as yourself “ (Mat 22:37-39)

Prayer

O God, You are our Creator, Redeemer and Guide. In everything I do, I want my actions to be a reflection of you. Help me to create peace where there is disagreement, to spare others from loneliness and distress, and to offer your wisdom to those in uncertainty and doubt. 

Blessed LORD, right now I commit to you my every waking moment. I give you my thoughts and ask that you deliver me from my fears. I give you my actions and ask that they be kind. Guide me to recognize your will and give me the strength to act upon it.

Thank you, O Father, O Jesus, O Holy Spirit for the all-encompassing love you have for me, for the love with which you constantly surround me, for your complete and unending love.

We proclaim that in this place, in this parish, Jesus is alive, welcoming the lost and leading us all to lives of merciful compassion; we ask this through Christ, our LORD, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit as one God, forever and ever. Amen. 

Questions for Reflection:

In what areas of my life am I living more fully committed to God?  Thank Him for His grace in these areas in your next prayer time.

What is one area of my life am I hesitant to hand over to my loving Father for His safe keeping?

Tell Him, in your own words, why is difficult to trust Him.  Listen to what He says to you. 

Thoughts for Reflection: 

Yet even now—oracle of the LORD—return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God, For he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love, and relenting in punishment. (Joel 2:12-13)

"Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you."   St. Augustine

What does it mean to be more fully committed to God?

It’s hard to pay attention because it often requires us to turn away from what we’re naturally conditioned to do.  It’s hard to keep our thoughts reigned in; it requires an act of the will and a firm commitment to staying focused.  With a weakened ability to focus—to be fully attentive to what’s in front of us—we hinder our relationships with others, the fruitfulness of our prayer, and even our union with God and the knowledge of his will.

Prayer is always first a response to God’s grace.  We are called to respond to his outpouring of grace, to his request to be in relationship with him. And we respond by offering the full use of our natural faculties to God and trusting in him to make up in us what we are lacking. If we don’t give God our full attention in our prayer, or in anything else we do which can be offered up to God, we’re only responding half-heartedly to his grace.  We try as best we can.  That’s all that God asks of us. The more we practice focusing our attention on the ordinary tasks that make up our day, the more we’ll be able to keep our attention fixed on the extraordinary task of listening to God.

“The most potent and acceptable prayer is the prayer that leaves the best effects. I don't mean it must immediately fill the soul with desire . . . The best effects [are] those that are followed up by actions—when the soul not only desires the honor of God, but really strives for it.”  St. Teresa of Avila

At the foundation of committing more fully is the conviction that God can run our lives more successfully than we can. It is the certainty that seeking God’s will in a situation will have a more positive outcome than proceeding on our own. It is the understanding that the negative tools of lying, revenge and unforgiveness cannot bring about anything positive in our lives. It is the decision to bring a thought or action to Jesus and asking for direction about it.

May we commit ourselves to loving God and others with our full attention—trusting that he’ll make up for whatever we’re lacking with his generous grace and love.

(Adapted from Bishop Robert Barron: https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/blog/giving-god-our-full-and-undivided-attention/5057/)

Practical ways to fully commit to God are:

 A time for Daily Prayer and listening to God

 Service to others

 Be a friend to someone who upset you

 Forgiving others who have wronged you

 Live your life as an example of Christ for others

 Share your Faith and your Hope to others through Love

 Let go and Let God

 Scripture for Further Reflections: How are these scriptures inviting you to Commit More Fully to God?

  • 2 Peter 1:3- 11
  • 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
  • 1 Corinthians 13