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, February 1, 2012

Coming home.

Today's readings.

St. Brigid of Kildare

I feel badly for Jesus in today's gospel. The one place you want to feel loved and accepted is at home. Jesus didn't have the homecoming he had hoped for. He was criticized and doubted. He was belittled. No one thought someone from such meager beginnings as he could be so wise.
One more thing: I would hate to think of the same thing happening to my children when they come home. However, it does give me pause to consider how I welcome them home. Do I make our home a place that encourages and fosters dreams? Do I properly celebrate my children's successes and give them more responsibility and freedom when the achieve? Do they feel more accepted here than when they visit at their friend's house? Today I resolve to welcome each child home and say something positive about each of them every day.
Prayer: Dear Lord, you know how it feels to be rejected. Wrap your comforting arms around my children when they feel rejected and left out. Help me to always make home a welcome and loving place where my children feel my love and yours. In your precious name I pray, Amen. St. Brigid, pray for me.

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