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 31, 2010

The Visitation

Lectionary: 572
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm

The Feast of the Visitation

Mary didn't waste any time living a life for Christ! After saying yes to God's call, she got busy doing his work. She ministered to her cousin who was elderly and pregnant. I'm sure she cooked and cleaned and did laundry while she was with Elizabeth. She was the perfect example of service to others, of the hospitality, blessing and love in the reading from Romans. By serving her kinswoman, she literally brought Christ to her. 
One more thing: When you find life challenging, the best way to take your mind off your troubles is to live out the gospel by serving someone else. Gather the kids, make cards for the nursing home, take a meal to the rectory for the priests, cut the neighbor's grass, invite the children of the young mom down the street over to give her a break. (Yes, more kids!) Helping others is the best way to help yourself, and to bring Christ to them.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank your for the example of motherhood I find in your mother, Mary. Give me the grace to be more like her, always saying yes to God and serving others. In your name I pray, Amen. Mother Mary, pray for me. St. Elizabeth, pray for me. 

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