My heart always skips a happy beat when I hear the word "adoption" at Mass. Especially lately as I'm having trouble being patient. I'm SO excited and happy for friends getting matched with little ones, and for those finally getting pregnant after going through infertility...Praise God!
But it seems like our wait is dragging on f.o.r.e.v.e.r. Trying to remember that God does have a plan for us in the midst of the waiting and unknowns, considering that October marks five years since we've been trying to start a family.
Lately, we've been hearing "adoption" as Mass more often.
Here are two beautiful prayers I've heard recently:
"O Lord, who gained for yourself a people by adoption
through the one sacrifice offered once for all,
bestow graciously on us, we pray,
the gifts of unity and peace in your Church.
Through Christ our Lord."
- Pray over the Offerings, Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time
"O God, by whom we are redeemed and receive adoption,
look graciously upon your beloved sons and daughters,
that those who believe in Christ may receive true freedom
and an everlasting inheritance.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever."
- Collect, Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time
Love the Collect! Through adoption we become God's beloved sons and daughters, rather than slaves to sin. Alleluia! And, we pray for continued freedom and the hope of heaven. Amen!!!!!!!
It turns out that Fr. Z, a popular Catholic blogger, offers a beautiful reflection on the history and meaning behind this prayer. It was an 8th century prayer used during the Easter Season. Love how our liturgical prayers have such rich history.
As we wait to complete our home-study and hopefully adopt, it helps to remember that adoption is more than just a human construct...it is an integral part of God's plan for salvation.