January 19 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Psalm 40

“Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.” Psalm 40

Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to receive the word of God with reverence and joy.

Notice the thoughts and emotions within you. As you prayerfully consider this passage, are you able to identify what thoughts and feelings are generated?

This is the word of God. Take time to consider it carefully. Clear from your mind all distractions. Does it bring you hope or frustration? Is this a refrain you are able to say for yourself? How do you know what is the will of God? What would it be like if someone was able to say this with confidence? Do you know anyone who consistently performs the will of God? Take time right now to let these words touch your heart. Might you ask Mary to help you listen with confidence to the Lord?

Ask the Holy Spirit, in your heart, to help you to apply this to your life.

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January 12- The Baptism of the Lord: Isaiah 42

“I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice…” Isaiah 42

Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to receive the word of God with reverence and joy.

Notice the thoughts and emotions within you. As you prayerfully consider this passage, are you able to identify what thoughts and feelings are generated?

This is the word of God. Take time to consider it carefully. Clear from your mind all distractions. Does it bring you hope or frustration? What is the victory of justice? Do you know what justice means in the mind of God? What would the victory of justice look like? What does it mean that you are called to this victory? Take time right now to let these words touch your heart. Might you ask Mary to help you listen with confidence to the Lord?

Ask the Holy Spirit, in your heart, to help you to apply this to your life.

January 5 – Epiphany of the Lord

“Where is the newborn king of the Jews.” — Matthew 2

Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to receive the word of God with reverence and joy.

Notice the thoughts and emotions within you. As you prayerfully consider this passage, are you able to identify what thoughts and feelings are generated?

This is the word of God. Take time to consider it carefully. Clear from your mind all distractions. Does it bring you hope or frustration? What do the Magi mean by this? Is Jesus king of your life? Does the imagery of a king work today? Why would the Word of God use the title “king” for Jesus? Take time right now to let these words touch your heart. Might you ask Mary to help you listen with confidence to the Lord?

Ask the Holy Spirit, in your heart, to help you to apply this to your life.

December 29, 2019 – The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

“Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another… ” — Col. 3

Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to receive the word of God with reverence and joy.

Notice the thoughts and emotions within you. As you prayerfully consider this passage, are you able to identify what thoughts and feelings are generated?

This is the word of God. Take time to consider it carefully. Clear from your mind all distractions. Does it bring you hope or frustration? Is there anyone in your family who is need of receiving this message? Do you consider yourself among the chosen? What does “heart-felt” mean? Take time right now to let these words touch your heart. Might you ask Mary to help you listen with confidence to the Lord?

Ask the Holy Spirit, in your heart, to help you to apply this to your life.

December 22, 2019 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

“To all the beloved of God…” Romans 1

Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to receive the word of God with reverence and joy.

Notice the thoughts and emotions within you. As you prayerfully consider this passage, are you able to identify what thoughts and feelings are generated?

This is the word of God. Take time to consider it carefully. Clear from your mind all distractions. Does it bring you hope or frustration? Who are the beloved of God? Do you consider yourself among them? What does it mean to be beloved of God? What difference would it make if you used this as a title for yourself and others?  Take time right now to let these words touch your heart. Might you ask Mary to help you listen with confidence to the Lord?

Ask the Holy Spirit, in your heart, to help you to apply this to your life.

December 15, 2019 – Third Sunday of Advent

“Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand.”  — James 5

Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to receive the word of God with reverence and joy.

Notice the thoughts and emotions within you. As you prayerfully consider this passage, are you able to identify what thoughts and feelings are generated?

This is the word of God. Take time to consider it carefully. Clear from your mind all distractions. Does it bring you hope or frustration? What does it mean for you that the Lord is coming? How is the Lord’s coming at hand? Why does James consider this an important message? How should you prepare for the coming of the Lord?  Take time right now to let these words touch your heart. Might you ask Mary to help you listen with confidence to the Lord?

Ask the Holy Spirit, in your heart, to help you to apply this to your life.

December 8, 2019 – Second Sunday of Advent

“Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God. ”   — Romans 15

Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to receive the word of God with reverence and joy. Notice the thoughts and emotions within you. As you prayerfully consider this passage, are you able to identify what thoughts and feelings are generated?

This is the word of God. Take time to consider it carefully. Clear from your mind all distractions. Does it bring you hope or frustration? Is there someone in particular you need to welcome this Advent season? Have you felt welcomed by others lately? Why would St. Paul insist on welcoming one another? How does welcoming one another glorify God?  Take time right now to let these words touch your heart. Might you ask Mary to help you listen with confidence to the Lord?

Ask the Holy Spirit, in your heart, to help you to apply this to your life.

December 1, 2019 – First Sunday in Advent

“Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” — Matthew 24:42

Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to receive the word of God with reverence and joy.

Notice the thoughts and emotions within you. As you prayerfully
consider this passage, are you able to identify what thoughts and feelings are generated?

This is the word of God. Take time to consider it carefully. Clear from your mind all distractions. Does it bring you hope or frustration? What does the Lord mean by this? From what are we awaking? Why would the Lord insist on being awake? Is the Lord threatening us, warning us or preparing us?  Take time right now to let these words touch your heart. Might you ask Mary to help you listen with confidence to the Lord?

Ask the Holy Spirit, in your heart, to help you to apply this to your life.