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, June 7, 2010

Not forgotten.

Lectionary: 359
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
St. Robert Newminster

This is the gospel for those who long for greater things in this world. God has not forgotten you! When I read this gospel I'm reminded of the not so popular kids at school. You know the ones, the humble, shy, smart, quirky, good natured, forgotten kids. Your kids may be like this; I know mine are. They wonder why the kids who are rich, good looking, arrogant, sometimes mean and often selfish are the popular ones. They wonder if it pays to be the good guy. 
One more thing: In the sermon on the mount, Jesus clearly tells us it pays to be the good guy. Only, the payoff won't come in this world. That's why we have to remind ourselves and our children to keep our eyes on heaven. Through every turmoil, challenge, and even joy, keep your eyes on the kingdom and great will be your reward! 
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for your encouragement! I need this now more than ever! Help me to keep my eyes toward heaven and to teach my children to strive for their just reward in God's kingdom with you. In your name I pray, Amen. St. Robert, pray for me. 

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