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 21, 2010


Lectionary: 371
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
St. Aloysius Gonzaga

I imagine all the planks I have laying around could start a sizable bonfire! I notice Jesus doesn't say "if" you have a beam in your eye, he says "while the wooden beam is in your eye". We all have sin, and seeing our own sin is always much harder than seeing someone else's.
One more thing: I know Jesus is talking to moms in today's gospel. I have to guard myself from becoming a watchdog over my kid's faults. If I feel like one of my kid's behavior is getting out of hand, I stop and think what is my behavior like at this moment. Is there something I'm doing to get this response from them? Do I need to pull out any beams so that I may see the situation more clearly and guide them to right behavior?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for setting me straight. Help me to purge myself of sin so that I may teach my children to live a life pleasing to you. St. Aloysius Gonzaga, patron saint of youth, pray for me and my children.

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