Daily Reflections
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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

August 16, 2015
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” - John 6:51

I have heard stories of villages in South America where they only see a priest once a year. When that day comes, everything shuts down for the day and the whole village comes out to attend Mass and to receive the Eucharist.
The Mass lasts for hours as the people never want it to end. The priest preaches and the people sing and dance as they celebrate the gift that they have received.
Talk about hunger and thirst.
One of my favorite quotes is from St Augustine - "You have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they rest in you."
Long before I had such a personal relationship with Jesus, I was restless. I was hungry. I was thirsty. I was searching.
And then I met Jesus. 
I had heard about Jesus before, but this Jesus I had come to know in the breaking of the bread was Real. This Jesus was Love. This Jesus was nourishment. Real food and drink.
This Jesus gave me life.
I pray to God that I never take the Eucharist for granted.

Dear Lord, help me to never take you for granted. Help me to appreciate your gift of the Eucharist. Help me to never lose the hunger I have for you. Thank you, Lord, for giving us Yourself. Amen.

Mon., Aug. 17
Judges 2:11-19; Matthew 19:16-22

What is Jesus asking me to give up to follow him more closely?

Lord, I become too attached to the things of this world. Help me to discern which ones I must surrender to grower closer to you. Grant me the strength to surrender what I must without regret. I want nothing to get in the way of following you.

Tues., Aug. 18

Judges 6:11-24a; Matthew 19:23-30

Jesus tells us that for God all things are possible. What impossible task do I wish God to perform for me?

Lord, I have so many desires. Help me to determine which one would best bring me closer to you. I know it might be a very difficult decision, but with your help I can do it. Let nothing come between you and me.

Wed., Aug. 19
St. John Eudes

Judges 9:6-15; Matthew 20:1-16

When have I felt jealous of others' gifts?

Lord, you have given me so much, and yet I see what others have and I become jealous. Help me to understand that what I need you will give me and what I do not need will be removed.

Thurs., Aug. 20
St. Bernard

Judges 11:29-39a; Matthew 22:1-14

Jesus has invited me to the banquet. In what condition is my wedding garment?

Lord, what a gift the Eucharist is. Help me to discern how I can better prepare myself to receive this gift. Grant me the strength to set aside all distractions and fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist.

Fri., Aug. 21
St. Pius X

Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22; Matthew 22:34-40

Jesus tells us that we must love our neighbor as ourselves. Who is our neighbor? Who is most in need of my love today?

Sat., Aug. 22
The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17; Matthew 23:1-12

Do I practice what I "preach?"

Lord, I am guilty of not always practicing what I preach. Help me to see those time I do so and to correct the situation. Grant me the strength to always live a life in accord with my preaching.

*** Please Note - I will not be able to do the daily reflections for the next 1 or 2 weeks. We are moving! This came on a bit sudden and I had little preparation time so please keep me in your prayers and I will be back soon! - Colleen

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