This devotional is uniquely Catholic in that the meditation is based on the daily readings for the Mass, called the Lectionary. But you don't have to be Catholic to find a home here! Click on 'Today's reading' for the lectionary link to read the bible readings, then click the back button and spend a few minutes with the meditation. Relax! This is your time, well deserved, much needed, and holy. Let all the things you "should be doing" melt away and bask in the presence of your God who loves you!

Before we begin, let us pray,

Father, you created me and put me on earth for a purpose. Jesus, you died for me and called me to complete your work. Holy Spirit, you help me to carry out the work for which I was created and called. In your presence and name - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - I begin my meditation.

Friday, January 8, 2010

"Yes, I will it."

Lectionary: 216

Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
Reading 2

What does Jesus will for you? The leaper approached Jesus with a desire in his heart to be healed. But he put Christ's will before his own. "Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean." Do you approach Jesus with the same humility? I know I often pray in a demanding way, even throwing spiritual tantrums just like my toddler. I waaant it and I waaaant it now! And yet, this man who suffered much from his disease, put's the Lord's will first.

And Jesus, knowing this man's heart, answers with compassion and love, "Yes, I will it." Can you imagine what that man saw in Christ's eyes as he laid His hands upon him? Such total surrender to such complete love. I know Jesus loves each of us just as much as the leaper. He is anxious to show us his love and answer our prayers, if we but ask him with humility and surrender.

One more thing: What's the one thing that you need Christ's help with right now? Parenting, job, health? Stop and bring yourself to a place of inner submission to Christ's love. Imagine looking into his beautiful eyes as you say this prayer.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I need your healing and love. If you will it, you can answer this prayer as I desire. However, if that is not your will for me, help me to see your love and compassion in this situation and to always seek your will for me before my own.

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