Prayer of the Student of the Word

Jesus, the way, truth and the life/ in whom are hidden all treasures of knowledge and wisdom/ you have called me to be your student/ I surrender all my understanding before you./ You are one who in an instant/ can elevate the humble soul/ to perfect and comprehensive understanding./ You teach without noise of words,/ confusion of opinion,/ ambition of honour/ and strife of argument./ I thirst for you O Eternal Word,/ Holy True One,/ who open the pleasant field of the Scriptures/ and enlighten the eyes of my heart./ In silence and quiet,/ the devout soul communes deeply/ and makes much progress./ Teach me what I need to know/ and keep away everything irrelevant./ Speak Lord your servant is listening,/ you have the words of eternal life./ Speak into my heart O Lord as only you can./ Speak and I will do it./ Mary Handmaiden of the Lord/ help me treasure the Word in my heart/ and do His will as you have always done./ Amen./