Jer 18:18-20; Ps 31; Mt 20:17-28

You do not know what you are asking.
“Be careful what you ask for!” is the old adage. How often when we pray do we ask for what is not good for us, for what will not, in the long run, make us wiser or healthier or closer to God? And parents, isn’t that so true of what we wish for our children? How many well-meaning parents lead (or push!) their child toward music or sports or science without letting the child’s calling surface? The child we hope will be a doctor or a concert pianist might very well have a vocation as a teacher or a cook. The problem is we tend to focus on attaining what we have prayed for and thereby may fail to see the opportunity, the good, that comes our way. Perhaps the best prayer is, “Your will be done, O God.”
Open my eyes, O God, to your plan for me, to your face in everyone I meet, to your presence in this world.