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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.
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July 27, 2014
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
"The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." - Matthew 13:44
Meister Eckhart said that each person has a vintage wine cellar but they seldom drink from it.
The kingdom of God is here. Now. We are not always aware of it. We often walk around clueless, unaware of God’s presence in our everyday lives.
Then grace happens. Something wakes us up. And we are suddenly aware of the treasure hidden within. The pearl of great price.
I remember one Sunday when I went to Mass, feeling tired and grouchy and not very inspired.
After communion, our choir sang "Our God Is An Awesome God." They built up to a loud chorus and then started singing a cappella. Slowly the song grew quieter and became more of a prayer of praise.
I started singing with them, praising God for all His goodness. And the next thing I knew, tears were running down my cheeks.
Sigh. Our God is an awesome God and He is here with me now. I need to go and sell what I have, let go of my wants and my to-do lists and my “should-haves” and focus on what God is calling me to do at the moment.
I need to let go of all that is not God so I can focus on the treasure within.
Grace. Free gift. We don’t earn it and we don’t deserve it. And when we least expect it, we find it. That pearl of great price. That treasure buried in the field.
That vintage wine.
Dear Lord, thank you for the graces you rain down on me everyday. Help me to live in the moment and let go of all that is not from you and to be more aware of the treasure within me. Amen.
Monday, July 28
Jeremiah 13:1-11; Matthew 13:31-35
Jesus tells us that our faith in him starts as something very small. What do I do on a regular basis to help the seed of faith grow in my life?
Lord, the gift of faith is a wonderful gift, but I know it requires regular food and attention. Help me to always be aware of my gift of faith and to always be aware of the need to help it grow in my life.
Tuesday, July 29
Jeremiah 14:17-22; John 11:19-27 or Luke 10:38-42
How do I profess my faith in Jesus today?
Lord, I do have a great faith in you, but sometimes I am very quiet about it. Grant me the courage to openly and regularly profess my love of you. Never let me hide my faith to prevent what others might say.
Wednesday, July 30
St. Peter Chrysologus
Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21; Matthew 13:44-46
Jesus tells us that the kingdom of God is like a newly found treasure. How can I experience God in this way?
Lord, having you in my life is greater than any treasure I could find. Grant me the wisdom to surrender whatever I may have to in order to have a greater experience of your presence. Always help me to be willing to give up anything for you.
Thursday, July 31
St. Ignatius of Loyola
Jeremiah 18:1-6; Matthew 13:47-53
God, the potter, shapes each one of us like clay. In what ways is God molding and changing me?
Lord, I welcome your work of molding me into what kind of person I should be. Help me to accept whatever shape you need me to be. Grant me the strength and wisdom to understand that it is for my own good.
Friday, Aug 1
St. Alphonsus Liguori
Jeremiah 26:1-9; Matthew 13:54-58
Jesus' message was rejected by some of the people in his hometown. Do I sometimes find it hard to accept what Jesus' teachings?
Lord, I know your words are life for me. Sometimes it is hard for me to hear what you are saying because of my hard heart. Help me to soften my heart and be more open to your word.
Saturday, Aug. 2
St. Eusebius of Vercelli and St. Peter Julian Eymard
Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24; Matthew 14:1-12
Am I, at times, like Herod - more concerned about what others might think of me instead of doing the right thing?
Lord, there are many times I don't do as I should because I fear what others might say. Grant me the courage to act on my own convictions instead of my fear of the opinion of others.
Monday through Saturday Daily Reflections by Deacon Rich Spiro
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