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, April 20, 2010

Bread of life.

Lectionary: 274
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm

Jesus is really trying to drive home a message in today's gospel. As Christians, we need to eat to live. Just as the Israelites were dependent on the manna sent from heaven, we too must be completely dependent on the Eucharist for our nourishment. 
One more thing: St. Stephen was the first martyr. What I admire  about this gospel passage is his complete focus on Christ. Even amidst the stoning, he is looking at Christ. It is so easy to become distracted the minute a hardship comes my way. Keeping my focus on Christ puts the challenges and circumstances in my life 
into perspective. 
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for giving me the food that satisfies. Help me to stay focused on you, especially during the challenges of raising children. St. Stephen, pray for me. Amen. 

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