Daily Meditations

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!  For He … blesses your children within you.  - Ps 147:12-13

Reflection.  St. Augustine said, “We are an Easter People, and Alleluia is our song.”  When the going gets rough, think of God’s constant blessings.  This eternal truth will lift your drooping spirit.  It is all in the mind.

Prayer.  Jesus, teach me how to control my thoughts with the truth of our faith.  Help me to reject fear.  

An honorable name is more to be desired than great riches.  - Prov 22:1

Reflection.  Being a crowd pleaser is no way to build a good reputation.  But standing up for the truth against public opinion is.  Stay focused and do the right thing.

Prayer.  Lord, I want to do Your Will.  I leave my reputation to the history books.  

Have mercy on me, O God, in accord with Your kindness.  - Ps 51:3

Reflection.  The Book of Psalms is a spiritual treasure.  Jesus told a parable about a tax collector who stood off at a distance and prayed, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner”(Lk 18:13).  Jesus praised him for his humility, and the tax collector “returned to his home justified” (Lk 18:14).

Prayer.  Dear Lord, give me a humble heart, that I may win Your blessing.  

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.  

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