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.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Because I said so!

Lectionary: 335
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
Reading 2

St. Claude

In today's gospel, we see Jesus frustrated, even exasperated with the Jews. It seems He is right on the verge of telling the Pharisees, "because I said so!" It really sounds like He's at the end of His rope. So much so, that He gets in the boat and gets away for some quiet time. He knows just how I feel sometimes as a mom.
One more thing: When you find yourself frustrated with the kids, do what Jesus did. Get away for a few minutes. Take a walk out to the yard or to another room and take some deep breaths. Ask Him to help you be the mom He wants you to be and persevere in the faith that He will.
Prayer: Christ, you know the challenges of being a parent. Help me to love and parent my children with the love and patience you show me. St. Claude, pray for me. Amen.

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