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.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Clearly wrong.

Lectionary: 463
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
St. Bruno

St. Paul really lets St. Peter have it in today's first reading. In yesterday's reading, the lectionary focused on his repentance, and yet today it finds him actively seeking to root out the sin in his brethren. It seems this would be the kind of letter you wouldn't want to survive, but here it is. What is it telling us? I think that the church is trying to tell me that I have to look at my own life and acknowledge my own failings before I can help someone else correct theirs.
One more thing: I think hypocrisy creeps into parenting pretty easily. It's so much easier to tell people (especially little people) how to act than to follow my own advice. I've been focusing on St. Francis' prayer this week and I realize that I'm not always spreading peace in my house. In fact, if St. Paul popped over for coffee, he would probably give me a good tongue lashing too. Who guides you when you go astray? Feel free to post in the comment section below.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for the friends that keep me on the straight path. Bring trusted and true people into my life to serve as my guides to you. Help me to always be true to you and your teaching, especially in my role as a mother. In your name I pray, Amen. St. Bruno, pray for me.

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