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.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The great commandments.

Lectionary: 356
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
Memorial of St. Charles Lwanga and companions

"Therefore, I bear with everything for the sake of those who are chosen,
so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus"
Jesus was a descendant of David and the bible stresses his genealogy often. Who knows what your descendants will do or who among them will be chosen to do something extraordinary for God. Therefore, bear everything and persist in teaching your children the most important commandments, even if you have to do it over and over again! 
One more thing: If your child ever talks back saying, "I know, I know, love your neighbor as yourself," then you've done something right! While they might not always act on what they know, remember they are still children. They are experimenting with behavior and learning where the boundaries are.  If they have that solid foundation to love God and neighbor, they will usually come back to it. 
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to persist in emphasizing your great commandments, even when I'm tired of repeating myself. Let those words sink into my children so that they realize that loving as you do is what will bring us to the kingdom of God. In your name I pray, Amen. St. Charles, pray for me. 

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