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.

Thursday, September 30, 2010


Lectionary: 458
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
St. Jerome

When I looked for an image of sandals for today's reflection, so many, many, many types of sandals were available. I'm thinking that in Jesus' day, there were only a couple of styles available, and you were happy to have them! But even then, they weren't completely necessary, since Jesus sent his disciples out without them. He stripped them down the the most necessary things needed to preach the gospel: their words and their example.
One more thing: Thinking about all the accessories I have to be a mom, I wonder what is really necessary. The diaper bag, purse, cell phone, tissues, car, clothes, computer are all things that help me be a mom; but they aren't what defines my motherhood. Really, to fulfill my vocation of motherhood like the disciples fulfilled theirs, all I need is my example, and my words. Since Jesus proclaims the Kingdom of God is at hand, I better make sure they are both beyond reproach!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, let me never forget that you have given me a divine mission: motherhood. Help me to focus on that mission and filter the distractions of the 'stuff' that comes with the job. Thank you for the example of the disciples. In your name I pray, Amen. St. Jerome, pray for me.

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