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.

Friday, September 3, 2010

New Wine.

Lectionary: 435
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
St. Gregory the Great, Pope

"Perhaps it is not after all so difficult for a man to part with his possessions, but it is certainly most difficult for him to part with himself. To renounce what one has is a minor thing; but to renounce what one is, that is asking a lot" (St. Gregory,Homilies on the Gospels).
One more thing: Renouncing self and changing is exactly what Jesus is asking me to do in the gospel. What needs to be changed? For me, I need more grace under pressure. When things heat up around here during the evening, I tend to lose my cool. I revert to old familiar habits when we are running late for sports and lessons, kids are hungry, dinner isn't ready, and hubby is working late. Even when I'm stressed, I must follow the Psalm and "Trust in the Lord and do good." 
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for the opportunity to change. Help me to focus on new behaviors when old stressors start to pull on me. Help me to commit to you all my actions. In your name I pray, Amen. St. Gregory, pray for me. 

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