Forgive us, Lord

Forgive us, Lord,
our obsession with ourselves.
We are not able to recognise our own limits.
We are so concentrated
on our present needs and on our own work
that we forget to be grateful
for the gifts You have given us
through the generations who have gone before us.

Forgive us, Lord,
for our closed horizon
preventing us from looking toward tomorrow,
preventing us from handing over to our children
a fertile and clean earth.

Forgive us, Lord,
for our greedy selfishness,
for our closed hands
grasping to hoard all we can
to squeeze our natural resources dry.

Open our hands, Lord,
to the joy of sharing.
Teach them the sower’s generous gesture,
so that we may sow seeds without caring
who will benefit from the fruits of the harvest.

Luca M. Negro