Friday 5th Lent
A Pilgrim's Daily Prayer
Called through the Word to the everlasting journey in the Spirit
from nothingness to union with the One who is the Beginning and the End
Raffaello Sanzio: La Disputa (detail)
Father, over the centuries, from the time that we first recognized you as God-for-us, as you called us forth out of Egypt, we tried to win over your favor by offering gifts of incense, the first fruits of the land and the sacrifice of animals. Finally, in what had to be for us the fullness of time, we recognized in your only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of this had been to no avail. We finally came to see that it was in Jesus, in his life, death and resurrection that we become one with you. Jesus who receives life from you as his Son, the uncreated Word made flesh, gives himself totally to you in everything that he is. Jesus is the gift that unites us to you because his Spirit, your Spirit, has been poured out upon us, even from the beginning, so that we may join in offering ourselves to you with and through him. Jesus is therefore the one true Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.