When at Mass, whether a daily Mass or a Sunday Mass, I try to focus on the prayers as they are said. This is not easy. My mind often wanders and I find myself having to refocus.
The fruit of my efforts is a deep appreciation for the beauty of the Mass and it’s prayers. There is one prayer in particular that I rarely fail to notice and take to heart. It is the one the priest prays between the Lord’s Prayer and the doxology.
“Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant us peace in our days, that by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.”
This prayer is a constant reminder to me of Christian hope—blessed hope—as I wait for the coming of God’s Kingdom. In spite of all that seems wrong in this world we Christians are assured that God will have the last word. We will be delivered from evil. God’s mercy will free us from sin. I need not be anxious. God’s plan will be fulfilled. This is a prayer in which I find comfort and consolation.