As you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments and allow yourself to grow still. Let go of any distracting thoughts. Take several slow, deep breaths. Become aware of God's unconditional love for you.
I come to gather nations of every language; they shall come and see my glory.
In this passage from the Book of Isaiah, we see an example of God's all-inclusive love for people. The prophet says that God calls to himself all people of every nation and language. No one is excluded from the invitation to share in God's glory. We can model God's behavior in our own lives by being a welcoming presence to people of diverse backgrounds or by finding ways to include people who are on the fringes of Church or society.
Who are the people in my community who tend to be left out?
How can I model God's all-inclusive love today?
(Speak to God, using the words of this prayer or a prayer of your own.)
Loving God, you show by word and example how to be faithful and serve others. Help me to give witness to your unconditional love in all that I do and all that I am.