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 6, 2010

Sibling rivalry

Lectionary: 234

In today's gospel, Jesus hits right to the heart of most family disharmony: siblings who don't get along. It puts parents in the middle and can make even the most mild tempered parent come unglued. Aside from the message here about God's love and His desire to repent, this gospel tells me something else. It tells me Jesus is acutely aware of the human condition. 
One more thing: The older brother in the gospel story clearly felt jealous and unloved. Do you know your child's love language? Google Gary Chapman's five love languages and find out which language most communicates love to your child and spouse. When everyone feels their love tank is full, there is no need for jealousy and fighting. 
Prayer: Father in heaven, thank you for the boundless mercy you show me every time I come back to you, sinful and fallen. Help me to reflect your love to my family in a way that is meaningful to each of them. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

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