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.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Guarding against greed.

Lectionary: 114
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
Reading 2
St. Alphonsus Liguori

"All things are vanity!"
I just visited a friend who gave me a tour of her house. She opened a door and said, "This room makes me embarrassed." I was expecting a junky storage area but what lay behind the door was a beautiful media room capable of movie theater quality viewing for several people. She was feeling a little guilty for her family's excess.
One more thing: Jesus didn't say having things that you enjoy is bad. He said to "guard against all greed." If you have much, be thankful, enjoy it, but acknowledge it is not the purpose and center of your life. Our children need to see that we are in the world but not of the world, and that our focus always remains on Christ and the great commandments he gave us.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for always providing for my family exactly what we need. Protect my heart from greed and desires that are not of you. Help me to model temperance in all things for my children. In your name I pray, Amen. St. Alphonsus, pray for me.

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