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.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Feel sluggish?

Lectionary: 312
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
Gospel
St. Charles of Seeze

"God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones. We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of hope until the end, so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who, through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises."
One more thing: Ever feel spiritually dry like parched wheat? You know the feeling, unappreciated, unnoticed, unloved? This feeling comes to me most especially after a week of sick kids or an infant who won't sleep. I get run down and forget to recharge myself in God's word. I'm reminded today that HE notices all the work I do! He notices the loads of laundry in the night, the rocking of crying babes, the mountains of dishes, and the holding of sick kids. And it is through faith and patience, like that demonstrated by St. Charles, that I too will inherit eternal promises! 
Prayer: Father in heaven, I know that you see the challenges of my vocation. Give me strength, resolve and perseverance when I feel weak and tired. Help me to not become sluggish, but to serve you with continued joy and enthusiasm. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. St. Charles, pray for me. 

3 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for doing these meditations. It is very helpful to me.

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  2. Thank for this! I really needed it today.

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  3. Ladies, you are welcome! We are all in it together...and YOU encourage me!

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