Archive for December, 2011

The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent and believe in the Gospel.  – Mk 1:15

Reflection.  God is Unchanging Love.  This is the most important truth to cling to as a basis for future growth in the Lord.  You are called to teach others by your words and deeds.  By believing in Him, you have His light within you.  Let it shine.

Prayer.  Father in heaven, I do not feel Your light passing through me at any given moment, but I trust that it does.  I repent of ever having offended You.  At the same time, I realize that You delight in using me as Your instrument. 

He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for strength is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Cor 12:9

Reflection.  The weaker you know yourself to be, the better off you are spiritually, according to St. Paul.  At moments of weakness and dejection, he remembered to call on the Lord for strength, and the Lord always came through to help him.

Prayer.  Lord Jesus, I pray with confidence that You will always be there for me.  You are my strength and my joy even when I feel weak and diminished. 

Some of the seeds fell into good soil, and when they grew they produced a crop of a hundredfold. – Lk 8:8

Reflection.  Jesus tells of the seeds falling on good soil.  The parable refers to the Word of God falling on the open heart of a good listener.  When that happens, there is abundant growth, a rich harvest of wisdom, charity, and joy.

Prayer.  Holy Spirit, spread Your spiritual seeds upon me and give me life so that my charity and joy may be full.

Then said I, “Behold, I come … to do Your Will, O God.” – Heb 10:7

Reflection.  As we approach Christmas, we ponder the childlike simplicity of Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  Her perfect act of surrender is a model for all Christians.  Mary said, “Be it done unto me according to your word.”  Her “Yes” given to God was total, and we are called to do the same.

Prayer.  Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. 

When you have done everything that was commanded you, say “We are unprofitable servants.” – Lk 18:10

Reflection.  Remember that even though you are special in God’s eyes, you are still a vessel of clay.  Stay bowed down in gratitude.  Do not become boastful.  The lord loves a humble child.

Prayer.  Lord, I say gladly and with full knowledge: I am Your unprofitable servant.  Everything I have ever done that is good has come about by means of Your grace.  Thank You for all Your gifts. 

You have received a Spirit of adoption as children, by virtue of which we cry “Abba!” “Father!” – Rom 8:16

Reflection.  Try to appreciate what it means to be adopted into the royal family.  The Father loves you as He loves His own Son, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity.  Impossible to imagine, yes, but true nevertheless.  Hold on to this wonderful truth.  The Lord played you a tune and you must dance.

Prayer.  Lord, the knowledge of Your love boggles the mind.  I am not perfect, but You love me anyway.  Amazing.  Yes, I will dance before you with gladness. 

They shall know that I, the Lord, am their God.  – Ezek 34:30

Reflection.  He was born in an obscure village / the child of a peasant woman. / He grew up in still another village, / where He worked in a carpenter shop / until He was thirty. / Then for three years / He was an itinerant preacher. / He never wrote a book. / He never held an office … / He was nailed to a Cross / between two thieves. / While He was dying, / His executioners gambled for His clothing, / the only property He had on earth. / When He was dead, / He was laid in a  borrowed grave / through the pity of a friend. / Nineteen centuries have come and gone, / and today He is the central figure / of the human race. – One Solitary Life

Prayer.  Jesus, Your life is an inspiration to me.  I bow before You as I await Your coming at Christmas.

God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but attain eternal life.  – Jn 3:16

Reflection.  Say yes to life, cheerfully enthusiastically, ecstatically.  Believe in the immortality and everlasting effects of your goodness.  – Robert Mueller

Prayer.  Assist me, dear Lord, in understanding the great mystery of Your love. 

For the Father Himself loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from God.  – Jn 16:27

Reflection.  Faith in Jesus is at the heart of all spiritual progress.  Jesus teaches us that God is gentle, God is kind.  When we finally grasp the simplicity of this mystery, it changes our whole outlook.

Prayer.  Lord Jesus, send the fire of Your love into my heart to purify it.  Let the fire blaze, giving light to those lost in darkness and heat to those who suffer from the cold of loneliness. 

How wonderful and delightful it is for people to live together in unity … For there the Lord has bestowed His blessing, life forevermore.  – Ps 133:1-3

Reflection.  When a family is full of love, it is a sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit.  Every member of the family should cooperate in creating an atmosphere of emotional comfort for all concerned.

Prayer.  Lord, help me to do my share in making my home more peaceful and loving, and do not let me be too hard on myself.  If others disrupt the peace, this is a heavy cross, and I need Your help to carry it.