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.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Empty actions.

Lectionary: 242
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm

Saint Fina of San Gimignano

"For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice." Last night I asked my young daughter what little sacrifices she was making for Lent. She told me she was saying some extra prayers at night after she went to bed. I gently reminded her to consider making some sacrifice. And then I read today's reading and I am brought low like the Pharisees. 
One more thing: Sometimes our children humble us, just when we need it most. At this point in Lent, we start looking hopefully toward Easter. Easter is the ultimate act of love. Think about finishing Lent, not focussing on the denials, but on making generous acts of love toward your family, each day. 
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for loving me so much, you died and rose for me. Help me to not get caught up in appearing pious, but in living the love you have shown for me. St. Fina, pray for me. Amen. 

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