No servants are greater than their master.  If they have persecuted Me, they will persecute you also.  - Jn 15:20

Reflection. There is no joy in this announcement.  Who wants to be persecuted, or rejected?  Wisdom gives this answer:  “Let your main focus be on His Kingdom, and these other things will be given to you” (Lk 12:31).

Prayer. O Lord, when I suffer the price of being Christian, especially at work, at school, or even in my family, remind me that You will never abandon those who suffer in Your Name.

The foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.  - 1 Cor 1:25

Reflection. Wisdom is able to distinguish between what is valuable and what is passing.  The truly wise person will see the pearl of great price, which is heaven, and sell everything to possess it.  Wisdom is God speaking to us, calling us to nobility and glory.  Pray for the gift of wisdom.

Prayer. O God of Light and Truth, give me wisdom that I may seek first Your kingdom.

As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you.  Remain in My love.  - Jn 15:9

Reflection. The Heart of Christ still beats.  It unites millions of other hearts.  The Church sees the beauty of these hearts, which will surely proclaim a spiritual revival in our modern world.  - Pope Paul VI

Prayer. Dear Sacred Heart of Jesus, make my heart like unto Yours.  You are the vine, I am one branch among many.  Keep me healthy in Your life, O Lord.  Feed me Your energy and Your strength.

What you believe will be done for you.  - Mt 8:13

Reflection. The words of Jesus are powerful sources of encouragement.  His choicest words can make a huge difference in your life if you put them into practice.  Try to trust Him and believe every word, for what you believe will be done for you.

Prayer. O Lord, I want to live in Your love, and allow You to use me as Your instrument.  Give me that special inspiration to believe with an unshakable faith.  Fill my lungs and heart with songs of joy.

Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all … is there anything too hard for Me?  - Jer 32:27

Reflection. Having confidence in the Lord is the sign of true faith.  It enables one to cross over the threshold to the virtue of hope.  Hope in turn leads to the most delicious of virtues, the virtue of trust.  Once you trust the Lord, your confidence is well established.

Prayer. Dear Lord, nothing is too difficult for You.  If only I could live in that knowledge on a day to day basis.  You will bring good out of evil.  You all will be well.

Let your main focus be on His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  - Mt. 6:33

Reflection. By seeking God and His Holy Will above all things you become liberated from the acquisitive spirit.  God frees you from yourself, and nothing tastes sweeter than freedom.

Prayer. Jesus, my Lord, let me taste the freedom that You offer to those who love You.  Let me grow in Your Spirit day by day, seeking You above all.

Love is patient …  - 1 Cor 13:4

Reflection. John Milton, in his sonnet on blindness, once wrote:  “They also serve who only stand and wait.”  The service of love can often take the form of waiting.  God waits.  The world He made is filled with waiting.  Waiting is one of the primary laws of nature.  Winter waits for spring.  Buds wait for warmth.  The earth waits for rain.  Nothing in life comes to instant maturity.

Prayer. Jesus, my Lord, help me to realize that You will be with me in my times of waiting.  Give me the patience of a Saint that I may serve You faithfully.

Who is weak, and I do not feel weak?  Who is led into sin, and I am not indignant?  - 2 Cor 11:29

Reflection. A Saint is someone who is weak enough to depend on God’s strength.  A Saint is cheerful when it is difficult to be cheerful, and patient when most people would be ready to explode.  A Saint pushes ahead when everyone says it is time to quit.

Prayer. Dear Lord, give me the weakness I need to turn to You automatically for strength.  With You and in You I know all will be well.

If your eye is pure there will be sunshine in your soul.  - Mt 6:22

Reflection. Basically this means that if you have your eye set on the prize, the Kingdom of God, all the rest will pale by comparison.  You will change and become light-hearted.  You will be free from the world of competition and greed.  “Sunshine in your soul” means that you are living joyfully.

Prayer. Lord, help me to be pure of heart that I might live without fear and needless anxiety.

Our present light afflictions, which are for the moment, are achieving for us an eternal glory that is beyond all measure.  - 2 Cor 4:17

Reflection. The secret to sanctity and happiness rests in our fidelity to the duty of the present moment.  - Jean Pierre de Caussaude

The will to bear discomfort in fulfilling that duty is the very basis of good character.

Prayer. Dear Jesus, help me to stay focused on the present moment, as I offer You all my joys and sufferings.

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