He will have pity on the lowly and the poor; the lives of the needy He will save.  - Ps 72:13

Reflection.  The poor are usually those who are lowly, oppressed, and without power.  You may not be materially poor, but are you in need of God’s strength for any reason?  As soon as you tell Him about it, the Lord God is at your side.  Things will get better immediately.

Prayer.  Father, into Your hands I commend my spirit.  

Why, O God, have you cast us off forever?  Why does Your anger blaze forth against the sheep of Your pasture?  - Ps 74:1

Reflection.  The mystery of God’s silence, when tragedy strikes, is terribly disturbing for everyone.  But take heart, Jesus has come to establish justice.  Give Him time, and you will understand.  All will be well.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, on the Cross You asked “Why?”  I know I am not greater than You.  Teach me to accept my perplexity graciously.

When you cried out to Me in distress, I rescued you.  - Ps 81:8

Reflection.  The Lord freed His people from slavery.  He blessed them with manna in the desert.  ”Why are you so frightened, O you of little faith?” (Mt 8:26).

Prayer.  Jesus, rescue me from my doubts and fears; help me to live joyfully.

 

God, be gracious to us and bless us and let Your face shine upon us. - Ps 67:2

Reflection.  In Hebrew, God’s face shining upon a person means that he is smiling and approving of you.  When a “face shines” it is an idiom for a smile.  What a lovely thought.  God is smiling at you right now.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, how grateful I am for Your gracious smile.  

When I am terrified, I place my trust in You … In God, I place my trust and know no fear.  - Ps 56:4, 5

Reflection.  Write down all your troubles.  Then crumble that piece of paper and hold it in the palm of your hand.  Now, make a decision to live your life joyfully, in spite of all the worries.  God will be there to sustain you in that good intention.

Prayer.  Lord, I trust in You especially when I feel overwhelmed.  

Jesus responded … “I am not alone because the Father is with Me.”  - Jn 16:31-32

Reflection.  Both statements are true because Jesus was both human and divine.  As humans we, too, know about those dark feelings that sometimes beset us.  And yet there is always hope.  Because of God’s grace we know we are never alone.

Prayer.  Lord, help me not to be afraid.  I know You are always with me.  

Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts that nursed You!  - Lk 11:27

Reflection.  This day is Mary’s birthday, and mine.  I have always been aware of her two-fold vocation: 1) to bring Jesus into the world, and 2) to give Him back to the world.  This is my vocation and yours as well.  We bring Jesus into the world when we accept Him in our hearts, and we give Him back to the world when we love one another.

Prayer.  Lord, help me to be a carrier of Your divine love.  

Jesus performed many other signs … that are not recorded in this work.  But those written here have been recorded so that you may come to believe.   - Jn 20:30-31

Reflection.  The Gospels are the written accounts of the early preaching of the Apostles.  The Apostles told others about the Lord’s words and deeds hoping to convert them to have faith in Him.  Since then billions of people have come to know Him.

Prayer.  Lord God, thank You for bringing me the Good News of the Gospel.  

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in uprightness.  - 2 Tim 3:16

Reflection.  God’s word comes to us in revelation.  The Bible teaches us the truths we need to know in order to attain salvation.  Life is a long drive in the wilderness, and the Bible is our companion, and at times our road map.

Prayer.  Keep me on the right path, O Lord.  I yearn to see Your face.  

From the time you were a child you have known the sacred Scriptures.  From these you can acquire the wisdom that will lead you to salvation.  - 2 Tim 3:15

Reflection.  A woman saw her doctor reading the Bible one day.  She asked, “Does reading the Scriptures help you before you perform surgery, or after?  He answered softly, “During.”  Prepare your mind for the task ahead by finding out how God thinks.

Prayer.  Father in heaven, give me an attitude of humble obedience to Your word, that I may do Your Will.  

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