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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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August 17, 2014
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
But he did not say a word in answer to her. – Matthew 15:23
I sometimes get the same answer from Jesus when I pray.
No answer. No response. Nothing.
I have always heard that God answers prayers in one of three ways - Yes, No and Maybe.
Maybe? Is that what silence means?
Or is God just trying to get my attention?
The longer God is silent, the more choices I seem to consider in how I can respond. I can surrender. I can persist. I can fall to my knees and beg.
I can fall to my knees with my face in the dirt and I can beg for crumbs.
Or I can be open to the possibility that God is calling me to a deeper level of faith.
I do not believe that God ever ignores us or our prayers. God may be silent. He may give us an answer we do not like. But He loves us and He knows our hearts. And He knows what we need … even when we don’t know.
So sometimes we will persist and question and beg for crumbs if we feel we must. But may we always believe and know in our hearts - God hears our every word and feels our every heart beat.
Dear Lord, help me to grow in faith. Help me to believe in your everlasting love and mercy and compassion. Help me to trust your silence. Amen.
Monday, Aug. 18
Ezekiel 24:15-23; Matthew 19:16-22
What obstacles prevent me from following Jesus? What do I need to let go of?
Lord, there are so many things in my life that sometimes get in the way of following you. Help me to have the strength to surrender all that comes between us. Grant me the wisdom to see what is really important in my life and the strength to surrender the rest.
Tuesday, Aug. 19
St. John Eudes
Ezekiel 28:1-10; Matthew 19:23-30
The disciples want a reward for their sacrifice. What rewards do I expect for following Jesus?
I am always asking Jesus for favors. My expectations are great, yet I know that eternal life is the ultimate reward. Grant me the wisdom to be satisfied with the promise of eternity. Take away all earthly expectations. Grant me the strength to be satisfied with whatever comes my way.
Wednesday, Aug. 20
Ezekiel 34:1-11; Matthew 20:1-16
The landowner is both just and generous. Am I grateful for the gifts I have been given or do I tend to compare myself with others?
Lord, I know you are both just and generous. Take away from me all trace of human jealousy. Help me to be grateful for whatever you see fit to send to me.
Thursday, Aug. 21
St. Pius X
Ezekiel 36:23-28; Matthew 22:1-14
Jesus invites us to dine with him at the Eucharist. Do I prepare properly? Do I remain faithful?
Lord, the greatest gift you have left with us is the Eucharist. There are times I participate in the Eucharist but am not properly prepared. Help me to always attend the Eucharist properly prepared and in a grateful and loving manner. Help me to never take the Eucharist for granted.
Friday, Aug. 22
The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Ezekiel 37:1-14; Matthew 22:34-40
Jesus reminds us that we are to love God and to love one another. Do I love God and my neighbor at all times?
Lord, loving you is no problem. It is the "love your neighbor" part that I find hard. Help me to understand that regardless of what has happened I must still love my neighbor. In loving others I reflect your love of all. Grant me the strength to never forget this commandment.
Saturday, Aug. 23
St. Rose of Lima
Ezekiel 43:1-7ab; Matthew 23:1-12
Jesus condemns those who do not practice what they preach. Do I always practice what I preach?
Lord, I try hard to do this but it is not always easy. Help me to identify those areas of my life that I do not practice what I preach. Grant me the strength to change my ways. Never allow my words to be betrayed by my behavior.
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