I have come to spread fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already blazing!  - Lk 12:49

Reflection.  After the crucifixion the Apostles were frightened and dejected.  They gathered in the Upper Room and prayed to the Holy Spirit for strength.  All of them were transformed.

Prayer.  Holy Spirit, light a fire of zeal and courage in my heart; I want to be a Saint.  

Be on your guard against all kinds of greed.  Life does not depend upon an abundance of one’s possessions.  - Lk 12:15

Reflection.  Greedy people never have enough.  Their acquisitive spirit obliterates their peace and joy.  However, those who are generous retain their joy, and they please the Lord in the process.

Prayer.  Jesus, give me the will to keep my greed in check.


Fill me with Your kindness that I may always shout for joy and gladness.  - Ps 90:14

Reflection.  God’s kindness is the basis of human joy.  Believe in God’s love, and dedicate yourself to living your life joyfully because of His presence.

Prayer.  Heavenly Father, I draw strength from Your love, and rejoice in it.

Do not be concerned about how or what you are to answer or what you are to say.  - Lk 12:11

Reflection.  There are times in life when we are put on the defensive.  When that happens, let the Holy Spirit speak for you.  He is really there, even though you can’t see Him.

Prayer.  Dear God, I trust You to be my defense in times of need.  

Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight.  - Lk 12:3

Reflection.  Try to live a straightforward life.  Try to avoid secrecy.  Open, honest communication with God is the best policy.  Ask God to guide your conscience.

Prayer.  Holy Spirit of love and truth, help me to be at peace, as I try to do Your Will.  

The scribes and the Pharisees were very hostile and they began to interrogate Him about many things.  - Lk 11:53

Reflection.  This is the feast of St. Isaac Jogues and other martyrs who were his companions.  Hostility toward the Church has been constant since the time of Jesus.  Do not be afraid.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, give me courage to carry the cross and companions to walk with me.  

They set forth and traveled from village to village, preaching the Gospel and curing diseases everywhere. - Lk 9:6

Reflection. Today is the feast of St. Luke. He reminds us that Jesus said, “Go forth and proclaim the Good News of the Gospel.” You can do that too, in your own way.

Prayer. Help me, Lord, to bring Your word to others.

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have kept My mercy toward you.  - Jer 31:3

Reflection.  It is almost impossible to fathom God’s love for each of us.  His love is personal, unconditional, and unchanging.  In fact, His love is His very nature.  That’s nice to know.

Prayer.  Lord, I rejoice in the knowledge of Your love and mercy.  Never let me forget it.  

Do not be afraid.  From now on you will be catching men.”  … they left everything and followed Him.  - Lk 5:10-11

Reflection.  St. Peter once said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”  Jesus told him not to be afraid of his weakness.  Jesus encouraged Peter.  He does the same thing for you.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, help me to remember that Your grace is stronger than my weakness.  

He has done all things well … He even makes the deaf able to hear.  - Mk 7:37

Reflection.  Some people are in denial about their faults.  They are deaf to those who want to help them.  Don’t be like them.  Listen to those who want to help you.

Prayer.  Dear God, open my ears that I may hear You.  

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