Now That Epiphany is Over…..

Good morning, good God!

I’m fresh from Epiphany
with its star and magi and gifts…

You ‘ve revealed so much, to so many,
to all peoples everywhere!

You showed yourself as a child:
intimate and innocent,
vulnerably human, lovingly divine,
imminent and inviting…

Help me see in the child, Lord,
Christ who is my brother,
my savior, my redeemer,
my prince of peace, my merciful judge,
my healing and my hope…

I pray that in the year ahead
you’ll continue to reveal, to show,
to disclose, to unwrap
your presence in my life…

So, this morning I offer you my vision, Lord,
that I may indeed see what you reveal…

Help me see you
when you show yourself
in the people I don’t like,
in the people who aren’t like me,
and in the people who don’t like me…

Help me find you, Lord,
in the times when I can’t see you…

Show me where you are
when I think you’ve forgotten me,
when I fear you can’t find me,
when I wonder if you’ve abandoned me…

Help me see your compassion, Lord,
when you pour out your healing
on my sorrow, on my pain…

Reveal yourself as the source of my joy
and show me the depths of all you’ve given me:
may I always give you the glory and the praise…

Help me see you
in the moment at hand
and in my past:
show me where you are
and remind me of where you’ve been…

Show up in my life every day, Lord,
and show yourself
at every twist and turn
along the path I walk…

At least now and then, Lord,
dazzle me with your brightness and beauty –
I need the showstoppers
to carry me through my cloudy days…

Reveal yourself in my prayer, Lord:
bathe me in the light of your face
and let your radiance shine on mine…

Reveal yourself in the Church’s prayer, Lord,
and in the bread and cup of the Eucharist
feed me with the life of your presence…

Unfold your plan for me, Lord:
let me see where you lead me,
where you call me,
where you want me to be,
what you ask me to do…

Reveal yourself in your simplicity
as the child of Bethlehem
and in depths of your love
as the One who bore the Cross for me…

This morning I offer you my vision, Lord:
all that I see and all that I hope to see
with my eyes, my heart, my mind…

Show me who you are, Lord,
show me your face
and keep me as the apple of your eye…

— Father Austin Fleming

[We were in Graduate School together for two years at the University of Notre Dame. He was a big help in my formation and preparation for the priesthood.  Be sure to check out his BLOG: A Concord Pastor Comments:]



About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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One Response to Now That Epiphany is Over…..

  1. Loretta Hammond says:

    Beautiful prayer. Last night at prayer meeting, Jesus “dazzled” me with His presence. Yes, every now and then, I need a showstopper!

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