Archive for October, 2012

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.  

Traveling with Him were the Twelve, as well as some women.  – Lk 8:1-2

Reflection.  We are asked to feed the hungry.  What a privilege it was for the women to feed Jesus when He was tired and hungry after a day’s travel.  Jesus always loved the women who followed Him.

Prayer.  Lord Jesus, thank You for loving women; and thank You for loving me.  

Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until He comes.  – 1 Cor 11:26

Reflection.  The presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is our most precious gift.  Attend Mass often to revitalize your spiritual life.  Enjoy the Bread of Angels as you would a king’s feast.

Prayer.  Come into my heart, Lord, and give me strength.  

Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and utter all kinds of calumnies against you for My sake.  – Mt 5:11

Reflection.  Jesus knows when you are hurt, ridiculed, or abandoned because of your faith in Him.  Rejoice and be glad if it happens to you, because they did the same thing to Jesus.  The servant cannot be greater than the master.

Prayer.  Jesus, help me to be meek and humble of heart.