Prayer of Discipleship

Loving God,
I thank you for choosing me to be your disciple and for the gift of your Son, Jesus.  Help me to proclaim and bear witness to the Gospel by word and by deed today and every day.  Open my heart to the outcast, the forgotten, the lonely, the sick, and the poor.  Grant me the courage to think, to choose, and to live as a Christian, joyfully obedient to God.

(Adapted from the Homily of Pope Francis, Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls, Third Sunday of Easter, April 14, 2013.)