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.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

By whose authority?

Lectionary: 240
St. John Ogilvie

Some days I want to either do as Roosevelt said, "Speak softly and carry a big stick," or carry a megaphone like the man in the picture. If you feel like you are constantly repeating yourself and wondering if your kids will ever learn, God knows just how you feel! He spoke to the Israelites for generations and sent prophets and signs and still they did not learn. Eventually, He even sent His Son. 
One more thing: By whose authority did Jesus perform His miracles? By His Father's, of course! By whose authority do you parent? By your father in heaven! When your children challenge your authority, remind them that you have to answer to God for being the best possible parent. If it's a question of pleasing God or pleasing the kids, God should always come first! 
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for blessing me with my children. Help me to be untiring in my teaching and nurturing, as you were for the Israelites. Be with me when they challenge me; strengthen me to be the parent you want me to be. St. John Ogilvie, pray for me. Amen. 

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