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, October 24, 2010

Mama pride.

Lectionary: 150
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
Reading 2
St. Anthony Claret

Ever see misbehaving kids in the grocery store and thank God those aren't YOUR kids? Mom pride creeps up on us pretty fast. In my experience, though, my kids know just how to humble me back to earth.
One more thing: I might think I'm never like the Pharisee in today's gospel, but every time I pass inner judgement on another mom, I'm doing the same thing. Parenting has it's challenges, and if you haven't experienced any yet, chances are you meant to google another website. Sometimes I'm in the zone and think I'll get mother-of-the-year for sure, but I'm pretty quickly humbled by a mouthy pre-teen or screaming toddler. When I see a mom I'm tempted to pass judgement on, I quickly stop and pray for her. If I'm able, I offer an encouraging smile or a kind word.  God's mercy extends most generously to those of us who acknowledge our failings. Those of us who are humble will be exalted!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, protect me from the sin of pride. Help me to humble myself within my vocation and offer encouragement, not judgement, to other moms. In your precious name I pray, Amen. St. Anthony of Claret, pray for me.

1 comment:

  1. Bless your heart. Mom's need those prayers 24-7.

    My children are all grown up. How I'd love a day with my whiny toddlers or "mouthy" teens.I watched a mom with her very little ones this morning after Mass. I'm sure she had a thousand things to do, yet there they all were at a weekday Mass. She was probably there because she had a thousand things to do that go better with prayer.