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, February 1, 2011


Lectionary: 324
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
St. Ansgar

"In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood." It's never occurred to me before that if Jesus had resisted the cross, he would have sinned. He would have had to lie or manipulate those around him. He could have denied who he was. Instead, he lived his humanity and divinity fully. His dying for me was a direct consequence of how he chose to live his life. 
One more thing: I think I tend to trivialize my Lord, and then I read the miracles that he performed in this week's gospel readings and it starts to sink in. I begin to realize what a powerful and amazing God I have. Motherhood can leave me feeling drained, just like the hemorrhaging woman. As my faith grows and I begin to think maybe, just maybe, I can reach out and touch him too. 
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me the faith to reach out to you when I am feeling drained. Help me to turn to you as my first, not my last resort! In your precious name, Amen. St. Ansgar, pray for me.  

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