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, January 18, 2012

Going into battle.

Today's reading.
St. Charles of Sezze

David didn't think twice about going into battle against Goliath. For his armor he had the name of the Lord. David declared victory against Goliath from the beginning. I try to make a conscious effort to verbally claim victory over the battles in my life. Some are small (needing a parking lot in the rain) and some are big (a disobedient and prideful heart in a child). Declaring victory in the name of the Lord reminds me that God is my guide through the situation. If I submit myself to his leadership in the situation, the outcome will always be victorious!
One more thing: In today's gospel, Jesus is grieved by the Pharisees and the hardness of their hearts. Again I am reminded to have a heart like young David and indeed like Christ himself: faithful and merciful.
Prayer: Father in heaven, thank you for standing beside me in my daily battles. Give me victory over the giants that enter my life and threaten to keep me from you. Give me a heart like young David, full of faith and mercy. Help me to imitate Christ's mercy and not become too legalistic with my children. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. St. Charles of Sezze, pray for me.

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