“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me the sinner.”
I have always loved this prayer because it is short and simple. When I am in crisis mode, I like to have a prayer that I can repeat over and over because it calms me. But I have always had a problem with the part….”me the sinner.” I think , “Well, how bad can I be anyway?” Even now, with all the studies I have completed, I still have trouble with “sinner.”
What is it? For years I believed it meant “missing the mark.” Okay, that made sense. But not in this prayer. Lack of doing our best? Okay, but that seems a little lame to me. Negative versus positive? Yes, possibly, but this is the Jesus Prayer, not another spiritual leader’s prayer. Although, I really don’t think Jesus would mind if any spiritual leader borrowed it.
This morning I was reading one of my favorite sages, Richard Rohr. He spoke about this prayer and it was so eloquent I wanted to share it. I will give you the short version. Should you want more, just Google him and it will take you to his foundation and website.
Let’s break it down. Master Joshua, the chosen anointed one, please give us the salvation of love to overcome our fear-based disconnection. Help us remember our true selves.
Richard Rohr writes, “Remember that “sin” is simply that which keeps us from knowing and living out of our True Self….Nastiness is shame-based thinking and does not get us to a good place.”
Say the words over and over again until they pierce your heart. You will then be praying and connecting with the Glorious Presence.