Prayer of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

A Prayer of Mother Teresa of Calcutta:

Deliver me, O Jesus, 
From the desire of being loved, 
From the desire of being extolled, 
From the desire to being honored, 
From the desire of being praised, 
From the desire of being preferred, 
From the desire of being consulted, 
From the desire of being approved, 
From the desire of being popular, 
From the fear of being humiliated, 
From the fear of being despised, 
From the fear of suffering rebukes, 
From the fear of being calumniated, 
From the fear of being forgotten, 
From the fear of being wronged, 
From the fear of being ridiculed, 
From the fear of being suspected. 
Amen.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend five minutes in silence paying attention to the breath
  • Read and pray this prayer.
  • What word or phrase stands out for you?
  • Spend three to five minutes going deeper with this word or phrase.
  • Is there a message for you from God?
  • Read and pray this prayer a second time.
  • What word or phrase stands out for you?
  • Is is the same or different?
  • Spend three to five minutes going deeper with this word or phrase.
  • Is there a call to action for you from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and any new messages you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, September 11,  the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Exodus 16:2-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

Matthew 20:1-16 The last will be first and the first will be last

Matthew 20:16 (NRSV)

16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

 

 


  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation using your deep breathing to guide you.
  • Use the text for today as a focus of your breathing.  Breathe in as you remember “the last shall be first”, and exhale as you remember “the first shall be last”.
  • Use these texts as a mantra, allowing your mind to move into stillness as you let these words quiet you.
  • If any items on your to do list come up, write them down, put them aside and come back to your breath and let the words quiet you again.
  • Is there an image or a person that comes to mind?
  • How is this image or this person related to the text?
  • What is the message for you?
  • Is there a call to action for you?
  • Give thanks to God for the breath and for anything new you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, September 11,  the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Exodus 16:2-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

Matthew 20:1-16 Are you envious because I am generous?

Matthew 20:1-16 (NRSV)

1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; 4 and he said to them, “You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. 5 When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. 6 And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, “Why are you standing here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, “Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, “You also go into the vineyard.’ 8 When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, “Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ 9 When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. 10 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. 11 And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, 12 saying, “These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, “Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? 14 Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation using your deep breathing to guide you.
  • Read through the scripture for today.  With whom do you most identify in the parable?
  • What feelings arise in you as you identify with this character?
  • Accept those feelings and invite God into those feelings.
  • What healing do you need?  Invite God into that healing need.
  • Keep away from judgment and be gentle with yourself.
  • What message does God have for you in this healing?
  • Read the text once again.  Try on another character in the parable.
  • Does God have a message for you in this new role?
  • Is there a call to action?
  • Give thanks to God for the teaching of the Word in parable and for any new insights you have received today.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, September 11,  the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Exodus 16:2-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD