Hungry for God? Looking for inspiration? Be sure to read these Daily Reflections.
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, Oct. 23
"You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38
Putting God first has been very much on my mind lately. I recently went on retreat and found that I was not putting him first. I was complaining about being too busy and not having enough time to pray, but I realized that I found time to do other things. And should God not be at the top of the list?
If I can find time to watch a television show, then I can find time to pray.
If I can find time to read a chapter in the book I am reading, then I can find time to pray.
If I can find time to go to the coffee shop to get my favorite iced coffee, then I can find time to pray.
There is nothing wrong with doing any of these things, but I found time to do them.
So I can find time to pray.
During my retreat, my daily “mantra” became First Things First and it continues to be a daily reminder that God needs to be first in my life.
That doesn’t mean that I always succeed, but I am doing much better than I was doing.
Putting someone first in our lives lets them know where they belong in our heart, and our soul and our mind.
Dear Lord, I love you with all my heart, and my mind and my soul. I am sorry for the times I have not put you first and I am trying to do better. Help me, Lord, to remember that you come first before all things. Amen.
Mon., Oct. 27
Ephesians 4:32 – 5:8; Luke 13:10-17
Jesus points out that good works are permitted on the Sabbath. Do I observe the Sabbath completely and properly?
Lord, I know it is your day, but there are so many projects that require my attention. Help me to have the strength to set aside unnecessary projects and to observe your day as you wish.
Tues., Oct. 28
St. Simon and St. Jude
Ephesians 2:19-22; Luke 6:12-16
Jesus went up the mountain to pray first before choosing disciples to help him in his work. Do I pray before doing His work?
Lord, I know that you have chosen me as your disciple. Help me to see the work I am chosen for. Grant me the strength to step forward and embrace the work you have chosen for me.
Wed., Oct. 29
Ephesians 6:1-9; Luke 13:22-30
Jesus tells us that he will not recognize everyone who knocks on the door of heaven. Will I be recognized by Jesus when I knock?
Lord, not all will enter the Kingdom. Help me to live a life which allows me entrance. When I knock, if I have followed your word, you will recognize me and open the door for me.
Thurs., Oct 30
Ephesians 6:10-20; Luke 13:31-35
Paul tells us to put on the armor of God to resist evil. For what in my life do I need to arm myself against?
Lord, I am constantly under attack. Help me to fight off all attacks. Grant me the strength of your armor whenever evil attacks. Only with your help will I be able to defeat evil.
Fri., Oct 31
Philippians 1:1-11; Luke 14:1-6
Jesus cured the man on the Sabbath in defiance of the local custom. What local customs get in my way of worshiping on the Sabbath?
Lord, man-made laws and customs are always getting in the way of my relationship with you. Help me to discern which customs are worthy of my observance and which ones require me to ignore them for your greater glory.
Sat., Nov. 1
All Saints Day
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12a
Jesus’ beatitudes outline for us a perfect way of living. Which of the beatitudes do I most need help with?
Lord, show me where I am weakest in following your beatitudes. Grant me the courage to change my ways to better follow your teachings. Help me to be your faithful follower in all ways.
Monday through Saturday Daily Reflections by Deacon Rich Spiro
Sunday Reflections by Colleen Spiro
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