Gift: Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe) – With the gift of wonder and awe (fear of the lord), we are aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love.
Reading: And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed [him], crying out, “Son of David,* have pity on us!” Matthew 9:27)
Observation: Again, as I read the readings this morning, I did not have any real feelings toward journaling on any of the verses that I read. However, once I heard this verse read by Father Jaspers at Mass this morning, I realized that I am the one who is asking for Jesus to have pity on me. It is a spiritual blindness that I have walked through much of my life with, and I am thankful to Jesus for healing me of this blindness.
Personification: Self-Control As I write this, I don’t know if I can truly display the fruit of self-control. I have shown throughout my life that I lack the fortitude to display the fruit of self-control, which comes from the fact that I have always seen myself as not worthy of being loved by anyone. Sure, I have always felt like I was special in the eyes of the world, but never loved in the eyes of my creator. I believe that it is the knowledge of God’s love for me that will save me from myself.
Prayer: Lord, help me to remember that it is only in the knowledge of your love and the sharing of this love, that I am made into the man that you made me to be. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.