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.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Setting an example.

Lectionary: 406
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
St. Ignatius of Loyola

Do you wonder what Herodias's daughter was thinking when she carried the head of John the Baptist to her mother? She obeyed her mother but was Herodias teaching her child the morally right path or leading her into sin? Herodias did not seem to have her daughter's best interest in mind,  but instead was trying to cover up her own guilt and embarrassment regarding her relationship with Herod.
One more thing: Our children learn far more from our example than from our words. Everything we do has to be consistent with the message we tell them. How we act when we drive, when we are at the supermarket, when we gather with our friends, and most especially, when we think they aren't listening.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to be consistent and live a life that reflects my belief in you. In your name I pray, Amen. St. Ignatius, pray for me.

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