by Sister Annette Koss
O Christ, you so loved the world that you set your face like flint and gave your back to those who beat you. You are the essence of love; love gets its meaning from you.
Set our faces flint-like toward that love. Open our hearts and let us hear the cry of the poor. You ask us over and over, in our joy and pain, "Who do you say that I am?"
Let us know who you are. Help us to know the truth. Let us find what we lose as we give our lives away for you.
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Thank you for sharing prayer with us, Sr. Annette, and for giving us this opportunity to all pray together. Even though we are all at different locations and experiencing very different events and happenings, yet the spirit of Prayer brings us and binds us together. And wherever two or more agree in the spirit of Prayer, so is the Power-and-Presence-of-God.
And in this prayer, I hear, too, that Jesus asking us, "Who do you say I-AM?" is like us asking Jesus, "When did I/we see you hungry, Lord? When did I/we see you naked; homeless; suffering; tortured?"
Yes, in this prayer, I see that each of these questions is the 'other side' or 'other half' of the other. Jesus, The I-AM, is one-and-the-same-with-the-suffering-of-the-world. -- Linda