Into Your Hands Lord We Commend Our…

When my friend Fr Tom Toner was very ill and in what would be the last years of his life, he sought to impart to me as much of his wisdom as I could take in. We spent many days and evenings over the autumn and winter of 2012 talking and praying together. He was always so positive and determined to live life to the fullest.

One time, I asked him about how he was able be so positive when also so ill. He told me that each day, when he woke up, he echoed the words of Jesus putting his own spin on them when he said,

‘Into your hands, Lord, I commend my cancer.’

Having done that, he went on about his day with as much peace as he could muster. He didn’t say these words lightly; he meant them. Nor did he say them blaming God for the troubles he was facing, or demanding God remove them. Rather, he said them in total trust that God was in them with him and that, in this knowledge and this divine presence, he would be ok. Tom went to talk to Jesus personally on 11th November 2012. God rest his beautiful soul.

Tom’s prayer was not a morose one. It was a hopeful one. It was one that he encouraged me to pray when facing any sort of trouble or worry. He told me it was a prayer that could bring the consolation of the peace of God. Well, Tom my old friend, we are all facing into trouble and worry here, right now. So, I am going to pray your prayer and Jesus’ prayer for us all this evening.

Into your hands, Lord, we commend our worry and anxiety.
Into your hands, Lord, we commend our health and ill-health.
Into your hands, Lord, we commend this Covid-19 virus.
Into your hands, Lord, we commend all who are suffering from its effects.
Into your hands, Lord, we commend all who work tirelessly to treat the ill.
Into your hands, Lord, we commend all those who work to keep our communities running.
Into your hands, Lord, we commend our political leaders.
Into your hands, Lord, we commend our efforts to stay at home, keep distance and keep well.
Into your hands, Lord, we commend our all.

Peace be with you all. Stay in. Stay well.