Jesus … having loved His own who were in the world, loved them to the end.  - Jn 13:1

Reflection.  What a world this would be if every person meditated three times a day on the sentence,  “God loves me!”  Lives would be transformed.  We view live and its harsh realities with rose-colored glasses when we know by faith that we are loved.

Prayer.  Lord Jesus, I hear Your words and I will act upon them by trusting You more and more.  Help me to trust myself in the process.

Alleluia!  Praise, all servants of the Lord, praise the Name of the Lord.  - Ps 113:1

Reflection.  How accurate we are to attribute all our blessings to the Lord.  He is worthy of all our praise.  When we praise God, joy explodes from the mind and heart.  With each passing day our lives become “alleluias.”  We become a worshiping people.

Prayer.  Lord, You have the words of eternal life.  I do love You and I praise Your Name.

I will bring them into My holy mount, and will make them joyful in My house of prayer.  - Isa 56:7

Reflection.  The Lord wants your joyful worship — not merely in private devotions but in public prayer.  The Church is the Mystical Body of Christ at prayer.  Christ lives and prays in each of us.

Prayer.  Lord Jesus, grant me the grace to stay close to the Church all my life.  Let me frequent the Sacraments and share in Your life more fully.  Give me the courage to invite others to pray with me.

If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you may ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  - Jn 15:7

Reflection.  Learn to pray more and worry less.  Pray, pray, pray.  Pope Pius XII said:   “Prayer is the key to the treasures of God.  It is the weapon of combat and of victory in every battle for good over evil.”

Prayer.  Heavenly Lord, let me never forget the power of prayer.  Impress it on my mind.

 

God has given help to Israel His servant, mindful of His mercy — even as He spoke to our fathers.  - Lk 1:54-55

Reflection.  God gives help to all who ask, as soon as they ask.  Do not doubt this important truth.  That is why it is so important to call on the Lord as soon as you feel fear or start your negative thinking.  Repeat the Name of Jesus often, and peace will come.

Prayer.  Lord Jesus, come to me and remove my fears.  I know You are present even when I am alone.  I need to laugh at my bad feelings.  Help me to trust You more.

Jesus said, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.  No one can come to the Father except through Me.”  - Jn 14:6

Reflection.  So many times we hear people saying, “What am I to do?” or “Where should I be going with my life?”  The answer is to be found in the words of Jesus.  Seek Him first and the rest will be shown to you.

Prayer.  Lord, I do recognize You as the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  Take me to the Father, today and at the hour of my death. 

And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the world.  - Mt 28:20

Reflection.  The word loneliness has a certain stigma to it.  People think of it as something to be ashamed of, something to hide.  In fact, the pain of loneliness is a universal problem.  It is part of the human condition.  Each one of us is unique.  As distinct individuals, we have a built-in need to be connected.  Thank God we are intimately united to Jesus forever.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, I am connected with You at all times.  Feelings are not facts.  I feel lonely at times, but by faith I know You are always with me.

Just as the body is dead without a spirit, so faith without works is also dead.  - Jas 2:26

Reflection.  True faith is more than words.  It is a kind of joyful surrender.  In dying on the Cross, Jesus did more than believe in God; He obeyed Him.  He went to Jerusalem against the advice of friends because His Father asked it.  Jesus knew the danger before Him, but He went anyway.

Prayer.  Father, teach me to put my faith into action.  I do not believe that my good deeds will save me, for You have done that for me, but I do believe that my charitable acts are pleasing to You.

Peter came up to Him and asked, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him?  As many as seven times?”  Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy times seven.”   - Mt. 18:21

Reflection.  You have the power to bring your precious contribution to the happiness of the world.  Believe in the everlasting effects of your good acts, especially your willingness to forgive.

Prayer.  Father, I want to forgive.  Give me the grace to say yes I forgive once and for all.  Though I cannot forget, I leave my bad feelings with You.

As Jesus walked along, He saw a man who had been blind from birth.  His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned.”  - Jn 9:1-3

Reflection.  Jesus thundered His disapproval of the idea that physical disabilities are a sign of God’s disfavor.  He reassured the blind man that he was not cursed, but was blessed by a loving God.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, thank You for bringing us the Good News that God is Unchanging Love.  I rejoice in this knowledge. 

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