Lord Jesus Christ,

you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.

Blessed are those who don’t have it all together
Blessed are those who have run out of strength, ideas, will power, resolve or energy
Blessed are those who ache because of how severely out of whack the world is
Blessed are those who on a regular basis have a dark day in which despair seems to be a step behind them wherever they go
Blessed are you, for God is with you
God is on your side, God meets you in that place.