Daily Reflections
On Scripture Readings

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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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Daily Reflections

February 1, 2015
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. – Mark 1:22

We get it from all sides. People who tell us what to do or what to think. People who seem to speak with authority.
How do we know who is right? Who are we supposed to listen to?
Listen to the One who frees us from unclean spirits.
Listen to the One who heals us from illness and sin.
Listen to the One with perfect authority.
Jesus speaks to us through His Word. He speaks to us through His sacraments. He speaks to us through His Church.
Jesus speaks with authority.
There are some who do not hear Jesus.
There are some who hear but do not listen.
There are some who pick and choose what teachings of Jesus to keep and what teachings to dismiss.
We need to remember who speaks with authority.
We need to remember who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
We are not free until we make Jesus the Lord of our lives.

Dear Lord, help me to hear your voice. Help me to remember your perfect authority. Help me to choose Your Way, Your Truth, Your Life. Amen.

Monday, Feb 2
The Presentation of the Lord

Malachi 3:1-4; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22-32

Simeon rejoiced when Jesus was revealed to him. Am I able to recognize Jesus' presence in my life?

Lord, I know you are everywhere. Help me to better see your presence moving within my life. Never allow me to not be aware of your awesome presence.

Tuesday, Feb 3
St. Blaise – St. Ansgar

Hebrews 12:1-4; Mark 5:21-43

Where do I experience the peace of Jesus in my life?

Lord, your peace surrounds me, but I am not always aware of its’ presence. Help me to better see you peace working in my life. Never allow me to take the presence of your peace for granted.

Wednesday, Feb 4

Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15; Mark 6:1-6

What do I do to strengthen my faith in Jesus?

Lord, I do have a strong faith in you, but there are times when it is not as strong as it should be. Help me to understand what steps I must take to strengthen my faith in you. Never allow my faith to weaken, but to always be building.

Thursday, Feb 5
St. Agatha

Hebrews 12:18-19, 21-24; Mark 6:7-13

What things might be getting in my way while on my missionary journey?

Lord, there are so many worldly things that I allow to get in my way. Help me to surrender my love of these things in favor of better serving you. Grant me the courage to give up what I must to better minister to my brothers and sisters.

Friday, Feb 6
St. Paul Miki and Companions

Hebrews 13:1-8; Mark 6:14-29

Herod was forced to behead John the Baptist because of a rash promise he made to someone. What rash promises may get in my way of serving Jesus?

Lord, there are times I speak too quickly without considering the consequences. Help me to recognize these circumstances and to hold my tongue when given the opportunity. Never let me promise what might come between you and me.

Saturday, Feb 7

Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21; Mark 6:30-34

Jesus is always inviting me to rest with him. When do I rest with Jesus alone?

Lord, I keep so busy that there are times that I do not have time for you. Help me to better understand that time resting with you is important to my spiritual life. Grant me the courage to put all things aside and just sit awhile with you.

Monday through Saturday Daily Reflections by Deacon Rich Spiro
Sunday Reflections by Colleen Spiro

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