When we speak of a person’s profile, we may mean (1) a drawing or photograph of a portion of the person’s face, usually one side or the other, (2) a description in words of a person’s life, or (3) the nature of someone’s public life.
O God, as we live in this week and in all weeks, give us grace to live with ever-increasing integrity, with ever-increasing wholeness of personality, so that a snapshot of a piece of our life, a description of our total life, or an account of our public life would all look or sound the same.
You, and to a lesser extent we, know who we really are; help us to live out our true identity in all times, in all ways, and in all places.
And God, as we live in this week and in all weeks, give us grace, as we respond to other people, to remember that most of the time the only profile of them available to us is a side or otherwise partial view.
Hopefully what we see is what we get, but you, and to a lesser extent they, know whether or not that is the case; we don’t.
Grant that we and they will to the greatest extent possible always be who we and they really are; grant that we and they will try to know ourselves fully and will remember that we can know each other only partially.