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.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Getting sacked.

Lectionary: 375
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
Blessed Jutta of Thuringia

No, I'm not making this up. Apparently there really was a woman named Jutta from Thuringia. She was the wealthy wife of a nobleman. Her husband died on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and after raising her children, Jutta devoted her life to the care of the poor.
One more thing: I always love to hear of saints with husbands and children. Sometimes I think it's just impossible to live the gospel with the brood under my roof. But I take courage from women like Jutta and strive to do better. Just like Jerusalem which was captured repeatedly, even when I fall, I get right back up and rebuild my efforts to be a woman of God and the mother he intends for me to be.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, you healed the leper simply because he asked. Today I ask you to give me the fortitude to continue to live out my vocation as you want me to, especially on the days that are difficult. In your precious name I pray, Amen. Blessed Jutta, pray for me.

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