He would feed [you] with the finest of wheat and … honey from the rock.  - Ps 81:17

Reflection.  No one can describe the indescribable.  The word ineffable refers to profound mystery.  We know that Jesus is present in the Eucharist, but we can’t explain how.  It doesn’t matter.  Enjoy the mystery.

Prayer.  Dear God, thank You for coming to us and for blessing us with Your presence.  

The Lord is in His sacred temple; silence before Him, all the earth.  - Hab 2:20

Reflection.  Step out of the world every once in a while.  Enter the silence of your local church.  Smell the candles, and rest before the Lord in the tabernacle.  Be still and know that He is God.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, deepen my sense of reverence for the Holy Eucharist.  

Seek His Kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.  - Lk 12:31

Reflection.  Some think the Christian life is a trial.  Why not think of it as an easy test?  It is a time for tending to yourself, a time of training for the race, a time of preparation.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, help me to seek Your Kingdom above all else.  

You are to go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.  - Lk 9:60

Reflection.  If you have any hope of persevering in your good intentions you are going to need the grace of God.  Be smart.  Look to Jesus day in and day out, and ask for His grace.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, keep my eyes fixed on You and my heart filled with Your love for others.  

My steadfast love shall not depart from you.  - Isa 54:10

Reflection.  Dreams are the seeds of great deeds.  Because God is the source of all our good thoughts and dreams, presume that He will bring to fruition all that He inspires in you.

Prayer.  Inspire me, Lord, with dreams that give me hope.  

Give thanks to the Lord on the harp; offer praise to Him on the ten-stringed lyre.  - Ps 33:2

Reflection.  You praise the Lord day and night when you remain gratefully aware of His endless love for you.  The heart sings its praises in the silence of a smile.

Prayer.  You, Lord, are awesome; what more can I say?  Thank You for caring for me.  

Flood waters cannot quench love, nor can torrents drown it.  - Song 8:7

Reflection.  Those who truly love one another are ready to give up their lives for their beloved.  Romantic love is often self-serving, but true love puts the beloved first.

Prayer.  Jesus, You showed Your love for us on the Cross.  Give me a loving heart like Yours.  

The righteous are as confident as young lions.  - Prov 28:1

Reflection.  Lions are felines, and they like to nap all day.  The males let the females do all the hunting, and then push everyone aside, demanding to eat first.  If you really want to be righteous, you’d be better off imitating poodles.  They bark fearlessly at elephants.

Prayer.  Jesus, give me the courage to challenge the powerful when they are wrong.  

To each of us, the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  - 1 Cor 12:7

Reflection.  Every individual contributes something unique to make this a more wonderful world.  Every gift and talent counts, like the flowers in a garden.  God delights in your unique contribution to advance the common good.

Prayer.  Help me, Lord, to value and celebrate my gifts.  

The violence of the wicked will sweep them away because they refuse to do what is right.  - Prov 21:7

Reflection.  Whatever their ideological convictions, Muslim extremists have turned against the will of Allah.  They call evil good, and good evil.  In the end they will perish.

Prayer.  Lord, help me not to be afraid of demonic power.  May the good Muslims prevail over the extremists.  

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