Father, there are times I wonder if anything I’m doing throughout the day matters at all. I hear stories of heroic deeds, faith-stretching feats, and people whose very life will impact the world for generations to come. When I stack my work-a-day activities up against those kinds of things, I feel embarrassed for my ordinary life. My heart longs for the kind of purpose that gives depth the moments that make up my days. The truth that continually draws me back to you is that there is nothing greater on this earth than love. Help me, Father, to return to that truth in my common moments, in the activities that seem so menial. Remind me that “if I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.”
Praying off the Page: Love is the most enduring legacy we can leave, the “greatest vocation” in the words of Mother Teresa. If we take love seriously and allow it to change us, flow through us and out into the world, our every action can become, instantly, sacred. Let us be vocal about our love – “I love you.” Let us be intentional with our common work – serving our housemates as we wash the after-dinner dishes, speaking words of life over our child as we give the nightly bath, giving a kind smile to our grumpy co-worker or going the extra mile for our employer, not to extract praise but to infuse our work with love. When we look at love as our supreme job, even the ordinary business of life takes on new purpose.