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.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Private prayer.

Lectionary: 367
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
Saint Cyricus and Julitta

Preach the gospel always; if necessary use words. (attributed to St. Francis of Assisi)
One more thing: Jesus isn't looking for a theater troupe. However, church can be a place where people put on a show! Some of the "Amen's" said just a little too loudly, some of the prayer responses sung with a little too much style. While not judging, it makes me suspect of the sincerity of what a person is proclaiming. I think that is what Jesus' message is saying today. Being overt in your faith in a way that is off-putting does nothing to help spread the gospel, especially to our children. Rather, living a life of genuine love brought forth by private prayer, fasting and almsgiving, attracts more people to Christ.
Prayer:Lord Jesus, help me to be humble in my ministry as a mother. Let me not make a spectacle of my devotion, rather, help me to live my devotion to you. In your name I pray, Amen.

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