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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May 24, 2015
Pentecost Sunday

"When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning." - John 15:26:27

One of the things that always amazes me about Pentecost is the drastic change in the Apostles after they received the Holy Spirit.
Before that day, they were too afraid to admit they even knew Jesus, never mind start preaching about him. 
After Pentecost, everything changed. Overnight these men who had run away when Jesus was arrested, suddenly became fearless witnesses. No longer afraid of their own arrest or crucifixion, they testified and gave witness to the Truth.
And through the power of the Holy Spirit, they changed the world.
The Holy Spirit has a way of doing that. Changing people, I mean. I can look back through my life and my own faith journey and see my own conversions. And be just as amazed.
I am an incest survivor, who once kept that secret for years and now I share about that part of my life in order to testify to God's healing love.
I am an introvert, who prefers silence and solitude and yet loves giving retreats and witness talks, sharing more personal details of my life.
And while I give witness, I know the Holy Spirit is working through me because I feel such joy, that kind of joy that only comes from God.
In fact, it often makes me laugh when I see how God has led me to do things that at one time I would never have considered doing.
I wonder if the Apostles laughed, too.

Dear Lord, thank you for the gifts of your Spirit. Thank you for sending us your Advocate to guide us and give us courage to witness to your presence in our lives and in our world. Help us to always give witness to the Truth. Amen.

Monday, May 25
St. Bede the Venerable - St. Gregory VII - St. Mary Magdalene de’Pazzi

Sirach 17:20-24; Mark 10:17-27

What impossible thing do I need Jesus to help me with?

Lord, some of the troubles I have in life seem insurmountable. Help me to never lose sight of the fact that you can do anything. Grant me the wisdom to know just what I need to place in your hands and the courage to do so.

Tuesday, May 26
St. Philip Neri

Sirach 35:1-12; Mark 10:28-31

What have I willingly given up in order to follow Jesus?

Lord, I would surrender everything I have to follow you. Help me to have the wisdom to see what I have given up already and what I must still surrender to be a better follower of yours. Nothing in this world is more precious than your love.

Wednesday, May 27
St. Augustine of Canterbury

Sirach 36:1, 4-5a, 10-17; Mark 10:32-45

What fears do I need to place at Jesus feet?

Lord, I have so very many fears. Help me to know which are most important to place in your care. Grant me the courage to take all my fears and bring them to you for assistance. Then I will fear no more.

Thursday, May 28

Sirach 42:15-25; Mark 10:46-52

What do I call out to Jesus to help me with?

Lord, I ask for your help with many things. It is hard to pick one item. Help me to understand which is most important for me to place in your hands. Never let me shy away from seeking your help.

Friday, May 29

Sirach 44:1, 9-13; Mark 11:11-26

In what areas of my life do I need to have a greater faith in God?

Lord, I do trust you, however there are still times when I think I can handle my problems alone. Help me to realize that you will be of great help if I were to just ask. Grant me the wisdom to know when to bring my problems to your attention.

Saturday, May 30

Sirach 51:12cd-20; Mark 11:27-33

When do I challenge Jesus' authority by my behaviors?

Lord, I am sorry for all the times I have challenged your authority. Help me to see where I have done so and to correct this behavior. Never again allow me to question your authority.

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

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