Thursday, June 21, 2012

You Grant Me More Than I Ask And You Give Me More Than I Need!


You Grant Me More Than I Ask
And You Give Me More Than I Need!

From the inspiration of Daniel (9)

In humility, Daniel felt that he does not deserve Your promises,
Therefore He prayed in sackcloth and ashes.
He confessed his sins and sins of his people.
He wanted You to fulfill the promise of returning after seventy years!

You have justly chastened Your people in the Babylonian captivity.
During the chastisement, You watched over Your people
and everything that befell them was by Your permission.
You like to chastise them, then glorify them!

He entreated You, for the sins of the people have hid Your presence.
Please forgive their sins for the sake of Your name,
for the sake of Your temple and Your city!

Since the destruction of the temple, the offering of sacrifices have ceased.
However, when the time came to offer a sacrifice,
Daniel offered himself as a sacrifice of love crying to You,
O the full of mercy.
You sent him the Archangel Gabriel to grant him understanding.
He told him that he is greatly beloved by You,
And he interpreted the vision to him.

With the old promise of freedom from captivity after seventy years,
You gave him a new promise on the Sabbath of these seventy yeas.
You showed him how the world should be free from the captivity of sin,
And how the believers should not commit sin
But enjoy righteousness and fulfillment of the prophecies about the coming of the Most Holy.

You determined the time of the Incarnation and its purpose and revealed them to Daniel.
You declared to him the mystery of the cross and the unique Sacrifice.
You revealed to him the end of times and the enjoyment of the eternal glories!
Truly, You grant me more than I ask and give me more than I need!

Fr. Tadros Malaty
From the Inspiration of the Book of Daniel   


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