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, July 8, 2010

Sending out the twelve.

Lectionary: 386
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
St. Gregory Grassi and companions

God knows what it is like to be a parent. In the first reading today, he speaks of Israel as his child. He cares for it and gives it everything it needs, but still it turns away from him.
One more thing: Although God is disappointed and hurt by Israel, he does not display his anger and wrath. We as moms have the perfect model for parenting in our creator. He gives absolute love to his children, always! If only we could show the same love...especially to our teens. Parents ride teens pretty hard sometimes. If you are dealing with disappointment or your own sense of loss as your teen becomes his own person, re-read the first reading and imagine yourself giving them the love and open arms that God gives, no matter what they have done or how they behave.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank you for your unending love for me! You call me back to you no matter what I have done. Help me to show the same love to my children, especially my teens. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. St. Gregory Grassi, pray for me.

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