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 29, 2010


Lectionary: 126
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
Reading 2
Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

I've struggled with how today's readings apply to motherhood. As I pondered them what I realized is that humility means that something or someone is greater than you. St. John's life and death were the supreme acts of humility. He certainly could have stolen a little limelight for himself, but he humbled himself by saying he was not fit to untie the sandal of the one to come. St. John knew his place in the redemption story.
One more thing: Being humble doesn't mean you aren't important. In fact, it's your humility that increases your importance at God's great banquet. Your job as a mom, as humble as it may seem (I'm still waiting for the host of Dirty Jobs to come try a day at my house!) is supremely important in God's plan!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I humble myself before you as a servant, eager to do your will. Help me to live the vocation of motherhood to the best of my ability and to serve you all of my days. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. St. John the Baptist, pray for me.

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