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.

Monday, May 17, 2010


Lectionary: 297
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm

St. Paschal Baylon

When the disciples doubted who Jesus was, it wasn't because they didn't understand what he told them. It was just a matter of trusting what he said. It today's Gospel, the disciples finally make the leap and trust Jesus.  Jesus tells the disciples to continue to trust him when he is gone, even when times are troubling here on earth. The message holds true for you and I today, "take courage,  I have conquered the world."
One more thing: In a 'can-do' culture, it can be hard to trust in the Lord. Sometimes it is just easier to do it ourselves! As parents, we display a certain arrogance when we think we can save our kids, especially our adult children, from mistakes, hardships, and abuses. When we continually intervene in our adult children's lives, we keep hold of the reins and never even give God a chance to be present. We never allow our children to depend on him because we don't actually trust him ourselves. 
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe, hope, and trust in you! Help me to trust that you will take care of the precious gifts that you have given me: my children. Help me to let my adult children depend solely on you. Help me to let go. In your name I pray, Amen. St. Paschal, pray for me. 

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