The Morning Offering is one of the most powerful prayers you can ever pray. Why? Because it literally makes every part of your day that follows an offering to God.
Are there times you might have a opportunity for a sacrifice and you forget to do so? Bam. With a Morning Offering, you’ve got it covered. That little 1-minute prayer sticks your entire day in a gift box for God. Do you have a hard time always remembering to think of and thank God in the midst of a joyful moment? That’s in the box too. Can you take each moment and wrap it individually so the box is filled with delightful surprises for God to open along the way? Of course. But it really does help to get it all in the big box at the start.
Jesus is the word made flesh. So it makes sense that the words we say are incredibly significant spiritually, more than we might be aware of. When we pray, those words have specific power and meaning. That’s why what people often dismiss as rote prayers are actually all-star prayers. The words are so carefully crafted with meaning and power that rather than us rambling on and trying to find words to say, with point-and-shoot prayers like the morning offering you have a power energy shot prayer ready to go.
When my son was young, I taught him a simple Morning Offering that really focused on the intentions of Jesus’ Sacred Heart. As my own faith has grown, I’m realizing the tremendous depth and power of this simple prayer, and I long to pray it with greater awareness and love. Take a look.
Through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day,
In union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world,
I offer them all for the intentions of your Sacred Heart:
for the salvation of souls,
the reunion of all Christians,
for the reparation of sins,
Recently, I read a passage in the Mystical City of God by Venerable Mary of Agreda that allowed me to appreciate the Morning Offering in a whole new way. The saint described her vision of Jesus when he stepped out His door on His first day of public ministry. As Jesus is heading off to the Jordan river for baptism, we can picture him from her words in this way:
“At his first steps from the house, our Redeemer, raising his eyes to the Eternal Father, offered up to Him anew with an infinite love whatever he was about to begin for the salvation of mankind: his labors, sorrows, Passion and death of the Cross…the natural grief at parting as a true and loving Son from His Mother and at leaving her sweet company, which for 29 years he had now enjoyed. (Then) the Lord of all Creation walked on alone.”
As I read the passage, it moved me that even Jesus was making a morning offering on that monumental day. Us offering our prayers, works, joys and sufferings in union with Him for his intentions of salvation, reunion and reparation is like us coming alongside of Him on that day, and each day and saying, “I’ll walk with you, Jesus.”
I like that. I think He does too.
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