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, July 16, 2010

Mercy, not sacrifice.

Lectionary: 393
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
Our Lady of Mount Carmel

"I desire mercy, not sacrifice."Jesus doesn't get hung up on the little stuff. The small rules don't seem to bother him. It's the two bigs ones he is a stickler about: Love God with your whole heart, mind and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself.
One more thing: Jesus is a great example of a compassionate parent. Do you find yourself getting legalistic, especially with your teens and pre-teens? Maybe it's better to be like Christ and identify a few major deal-breakers that the whole family must abide by. Beyond that, try not to sweat the small stuff as your teens assert their independence and find their own identity.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for your example of  mercy. Please forgive me when I get legalistic with both myself and my children and miss the big picture of compassion. In your precious name I pray, Amen. Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for me.

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