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Much like a devotional, these short meditations and Catholic reflections are based on each day's scripture readings or the Saint of the day.
Scripture reflections help us in our prayer life. They help us to listen to God's Word and to better understand the readings.
Taking a moment in peace and quiet, dedicating the moment to God, reflecting on the readings of the day - all can bring us to a more intimate relationship with God.
So take some time to just BE with the Lord.
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Sunday, December 8, 2013
Second Sunday of Advent
"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" - Matthew 3:2
To sin means to turn away from God. When we repent, we turn back to God. Repentance means we are sorry. We regret our behavior. We want to change. We want conversion.
We want to be close to God again.
I used to worry about every little thing I did wrong. I tended to be a perfectionist and a worrier. I don't think I trusted very much in God's mercy. After all, I was a new Catholic and very new to this whole spiritual journey thing.
My spiritual director knew me very well and knew that I tended to be too hard on myself. So he told me that when I do some little thing that I think displeases God, just say - Lord, I repent - and let it go.
Not an easy thing for me to do, the "letting go" part. But I learned to do that. I learned to say I repent each time I turned away from God. and soon, I began to trust in God's mercy. And worry less.
Conversions are not just the big things that happen to us. Conversions can happen every day. Those little conversions when we know we need to change, when we know we need to turn back to God.
In a recent homily, a priest told a story about a girl who misbehaves and afraid that her mother won't forgive her, cries out, saying - "Mom, mom, I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. Please take me back!"
I really loved that story for I recognized myself in it.
Lord, Lord, I repent. Please take me back.
The Good News? God always does.
Dear Lord, thank you for never letting go of me, even when I turn away from you. Help me to always turn back to you and to grow closer to you everyday. Amen.
Monday, December 9
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Genesis 3:9-15, 20; Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12; Luke 1:26-38
What do I do in my life to bring about the presence of Jesus?
Lord, I know you are always present in my life. Help me to see how I can better bring your presence to others. Grant me the strength to always represent you to others. Never let me fail in this venture.
Tuesday, December 10
Isaiah 40:1-11; Matthew 18:12-14
Jesus tells us to be more concerned about those in need of help. Who might I offer help to in my life?
Lord, there are many who need my help. Grant me the knowledge to understand how I may better help others. Grant me to courage to do what I must to help others. Never allow me to shy away from this responsibility.
Wednesday, December 11
St. Damascus I
Isaiah 40:25-31; Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus reminds us to turn to him when we feel burdened. What burdens do I need to take to Jesus today?
Lord, you tells us that you will lighten our burdens. There are times I feel that I can handle anything that comes my way. Help me to surrender control to you so that you may lighten my burdens. Always remind me that it is in you that all problems will disappear.
Thursday, December 12
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Zechariah 2:14-17 or Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab; Luke 1:26-38 or Luke 1:39-47
How is God inviting me to allow him to be born within me?
Lord, you ask always to be part of my life. You never force yourself on me. Help me to accept your invitation to be part of my life. Grant me the courage to set aside all that comes between us.
Friday, December 13
Isaiah 48:17-19; Matthew 11:16-19
In what specific areas do I most need God’s help?
Lord, I need you in all ways. Help me to better understand those areas that I am in most need of your help. Grant me to courage to open myself up for your help where it is most needed. Never allow me to shut you out.
Saturday, December 14
St. John of the Cross
Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11; Matthew 17:9a, 10-13
In what ways do I resist the message of Jesus?
Lord, there are so many ways that I let you down. Help me to see where I am weakest in this area and to strengthen that area. Grant me the strength to no longer resist your message in any way.
Monday through Saturday Reflections by Deacon Rich Spiro
Sunday Reflections by Colleen Spiro
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