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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.
So take some time to just BE with the Lord.
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Sunday, March 9, 2014
First Sunday of Lent
At this, Jesus said to him, 'Get away, Satan! It is written: 'The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.'" Matthew 4:10
A priest once told me that the one prayer Jesus always answers with a YES is this one: - Jesus, save me!
Whenever I notice I am being tempted, whenever I feel like there is an evil presence around me, I say - Jesus, save me. And then I feel some peace.
We are all tempted in one way or another. We are all sinners. We are all in need of being saved. In today's gospel, Jesus gives us the answer we need.
Keep God first in our lives. Keep our eyes on the Lord. Then we will be more aware of the temptations, more aware of our sins, more aware of our need to turn back to God.
Many years ago at a bible study, we were talking about that well-known verse of John 3:16 ("For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.") And the priest teaching the bible study told us something that I have never forgotten. It was very simple and yet profound.
He said that God's job is to love the world and send His Son. And that Jesus' job is to love the world and save the world. And our job is to believe.
And then he asked us a kind of rhetorical question - "How well do you think Jesus does his job?"
And I thought to myself, how well do we do ours?
Jesus, help me when temptation comes and I find it difficult to resist. Help me to always turn to you. Help me to always believe. Amen.
Monday, March 10
Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18; Matthew 25:31-46
Jesus appears to us as others who need our help. Do I always see Jesus in those around me?
Lord, I know you are always there, but sometimes I fail to recognize you in my neighbor. Help me to better see your presence in those around me. Help me to treat all people as if they were you.
Tuesday, March 11
Isaiah 55:10-11; Matthew 6:7-15
Jesus tells us that we will be forgiven as we forgive others. What unforgiveness do I hold on to and need to let go?
Lord, sometimes I find it very hard to forgive those who hurt me. Grant me the wisdom to see where I need to grant forgiveness, and the courage to do so. For I do understand that as forgive others I will in turn be forgiven.
Wednesday, March 12
Jonah 3:1-10; Luke 11:29-32
Do my words help or hinder bringing people to God?
Lord, I speak so mush and yet say so little. Help me to speak in such a way to bring people to you. Grant me the wisdom to know the right words and the courage to use those words when called upon. May I always influence others toward you.
Thursday, March 13
Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25; Matthew 7:7-12
Jesus tells us that if we ask, it will be given to us. What do I need to ask God for today?
Lord, there is so much I need and want. Help me to determine what is most important for my walk with you. Grant me the courage to ask for what I most need and the patience to wait for your answer, remembering that your time is not like my time.
Friday, March 14
Ezekiel 18:21-28; Matthew 5:20-26
Jesus tells us to reconcile with others as a prerequisite for worship. Am I able to do that? Who do I most need to reconcile with today?
Lord, I hold so much anger inside. Help me to let that anger go and to reconcile with those I am angry with. Grant me the wisdom to know with whom I need to reconcile and the courage to do the same.
Saturday, March 15
Deuteronomy 26:16-19; Matthew 5:43-48
Jesus challenges us to love those who do not love us. Who in my life do I need to love like that?
Lord, there are so many people in my life who I do not love. Help me to love those who are the most unlovable in my life. Grant me the wisdom to know who I most need to love and the courage to express that love. For it is only in loving others that I may be loved by you.
Monday through Saturday Reflections by Deacon Rich Spiro
Sunday Reflections by Colleen Spiro
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