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 18, 2010

Lectionary: 247
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm

"They forgot the God who had saved them." It's easy to forget the miracles God performs in our lives when we get bogged down in the hum-drum day to day drudgery. Sometimes its the easy times, the good times, when we rely less on God. That's often when our attention drifts toward other gods. 
One more thing: What are some other gods that tempt us? Money, possessions, vacations, clothes, our appearance, or our children's appearance? I like to keep a prayer journal. It's simply a list of people and situations I'm praying for. When the prayer is answered, I write down how God intervened in that situation or for that person, and then check them off the list. At times when there is no 'crisis' or need for fervent prayer, I like to stay focused by looking back over my journal and admiring the providence and mercy of God. 
Prayer: Father in heaven, thank you for delivering me from my sin through the resurrection of your son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Help me never forget what you have done for me. Keep me always focused on you in my life and help me to resist the temptation of false idols. Amen. 

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