Oh my God, in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer Thee the most precious Blood of Jesus, from all the altars throughout the world, joining with It my every thought, word and action of this day……
This is the beginning part of a morning offering I learned many years ago when I was first enrolled in the Brown Scapular. And while I attempt to make it the first thing I say every morning, I have to admit sometimes it’s later in the morning……sometimes in the car even. This first part makes you step back and think, if just for a moment about what it is exactly you’re saying.
1] Precisely to Whom am I speaking? ‘Oh my God’. I am speaking directly to God the Father…..going directly to God. There’s no middle man here. It’s just Him and me.
2] Am I offering this by myself? ‘In union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary’. I am asking that my prayer be united to hers, the Mother of God. Do you ever ask someone to do a favor for you? Ask someone to speak on your behalf to someone that the other person maybe has more influence? It’s the same thing. God loves His Mother so much that He crowned her Queen of Heaven and Earth! He honors her requests!
3] What am I offering? ‘I offer Thee (God the Father) the most Precious Blood of Jesus, from all the altars throughout the world’. One miniscule drop of the Blood of Jesus would have sufficed to appease God. But He gave not one drop, but all His Blood. He poured out upon the world an ocean of His Divine Mercy, that we may be immersed in His Love. At the consecration of the chalice at Mass, I have a favorite prayer I say. “O Blood of my Saviour, bathe me in the Sweet Liquid of my redemption. Moreover, Lord, drown me in It, that I may live in Thee, with Thee, For Thee and only Thee, for all eternity.”
4] Am I offering anything additional? ‘Joining with It (the Blood of my Saviour), my every thought, word and action of this day’. In other words, I’m offering myself. All that I am and all that I hope to be. This is where it can get interesting. This means that every one of my thoughts, words and actions are being offered to God. Sometimes my thoughts are not very kind. My words harsh. My actions hap-hazardly done. And what’s worse is while others can witness my words and actions, God alone knows my every thought…..even the ugly ones.
But I offer Him this prayer and try to make those gifts worthy of Him. That is what one is called to do. Will I ever wake up and there be no struggles or strife? No. Every day one must make the resolve to do better than the day before. This is the thing we call living. This is the thing we call trying to live in grace. It is only through prayer that one can ever expect to do this.
The rest of the offering:
O my Jesus, I desire today to gain every indulgence and merit I can and I offer them, together with myself, to Mary Immaculate that she may best apply them to the interests of Thy Most Sacred Heart! Most Precious Blood of Jesus, save us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us! Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!
Jesus, meek and humble of Heart, make my heart like unto Thine!
A grateful heart,
What does your Morning Offering look like?