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.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Look what I found!

Lectionary: 524

Feast of the Presentation of our Lord

I love the line in this gospel, "The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;" Whenever I get a note from a teacher or a phone call from another parent complimenting my child, I often wonder if we are talking about the same kid. As moms, we can get so caught up with the day to day busy-ness of parenting, we forget to look for Christ around us, even in our children. How did Simeon and Anna recognize Christ? They were looking for him! Every hour of every day they were waiting and searching. Where will you find Christ if you look? 

One more thing: Try to recognize Christ in your child today. It may be in the little things they say or do: a hug, helping out without being asked, doing something thoughtful for a friend, or a painted picture hung from the fridge. Compliment your child on their Christ-like behavior today!

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to recognize You in the smallest of the small, my children. Help me to cherish You in them, as Simeon and Anna cherished You in the temple. In your name, I pray, Amen. 

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