“The Least in the Kingdom of Heaven”
O Lord, give us grace to be the least in the kingdom of heaven for it is in weakness, humility, service, and sacrifice that we will be at the center of what you are doing.
O Lord, give us grace to receive our place in the kingdom of heaven as the gift that you intend it to be, not as something that we must fight for or struggle to achieve.
O Lord, give us grace to know your way in the world and to live your way in the world so that we can hear with Christ-like ears, think with Christ-like minds, talk with Christ-like mouths, and act with Christ-like motives.
“Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John came; and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. Let anyone with ears listen!” (Matthew 11:11-15)