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, August 14, 2010

Act like a child.

Lectionary: 418
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
St. Maximilian Kolbe

"For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Really?! The kingdom of heaven belongs to the messy, loud, whiney, rambunctious, silly, playful and imaginative? WOW! And I thought I had to be good.
One more thing: Kids aren't perfect. They don't always follow the rules. That's probably why the disciples tried to shoo them away. But children are passionate and loyal and true. They love wholly and fully, without an agenda. They aren't afraid, and if they are, they rely fully on the one that's bigger and stronger than them. We are God's children, and he wants us to learn how to love him from our own kids.
Prayer: Father in heaven, I am your precious child. Thank you for loving me and teaching me how to love you in return. Help me to learn that innocent, childlike love from my own kids, and to enjoy their childhood while it is here. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. St. Maximillian, pray for me.

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