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.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The least is greatest.

Lectionary: 455
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
St. Vincent de Paul

"Strive to live content in the midst of those things that cause your discontent. Free your mind from all that troubles you, God will take care of things. You will be unable to make haste in this [choice] without, so to speak, grieving the heart of God, because he sees that you do not honor him sufficiently with holy trust. Trust in him, I beg you, and you will have the fulfillment of what your heart desires" (St. Vincent de Paul, Letters).
One more thing: Being a mom is not a glamourous job. In fact, it's tiring, messy, mundane, and often boring. Compared to other vocations, it's no prize winner. However, Jesus says in today's gospel that whoever receives a child in his name, receives him and the one who sent him. Wow! That's US! Perhaps we won't grace the cover of any fashion magazines, but we will be graced by the presence of our Lord Jesus as we live out our vocation as mothers. 
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for the gift of my children and my vocation of motherhood. Help me to realize that in parenting and nurturing my children, I am serving you. In your name I pray, Amen. St. Vincent de Paul, pray for me. 

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