Monday, February 22
1 Peter 5:1-4; Matthew 16:13-19
“… who do you say I am?”
Jesus wanted to know who people thought he was. Who is Jesus to me?
Lord, I know so much about you, but there are times I forget who you are to me. Help me to understand just how you operate in my life and to see who you are in my everyday existence.
Tuesday, February 23
Isaiah 1:10, 16-20; Matthew 23:1-12
“All their works are performed to be seen.”
Jesus tells us that if we make ourselves self-important we will be humbled, but if we humble ourselves we will become important. What do I need to change in my behavior to become humble?
Lord, it is in my human nature to be self-important. Help me to humble myself and to walk away from that which artificially makes me important. Grant me the strength to always be humble in your sight.
Wednesday, February 24
Jeremiah 18:18-20; Matthew 20:17-28
“… whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave …”?”
Jesus teaches us what it means to “first” in His kingdom. How might I put aside my desire for rewards in order to better serve others?
Lord, I wish only to serve you in all things. Take away from me the desire for earthly rewards for the good works I do in your name. Grant me the strength to serve others for no other reason than that it pleases you.
Thursday, February 25
Jeremiah 17:5-10; Luke 16:19-31
The rich man could have changed his life had he just noticed and helped Lazarus. Who are the Lazarus’s in my life? Who do I see in need and pass by every day?
Lord, I do not wish to ignore the needs of others. Please give me the vision to see those in need and the courage to step up and assist them as best I can. Never allow me to ignore another’s needs.
Friday, February 26
Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a; Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
Have I ever felt rejected? How can I be like Jesus and accept others who might otherwise feel rejected or alone?
Lord, help me to see you in all people. Grant me the insight to know the people in my life that I must work better to accept. Help to accept all in my parish and community. Help me to be a source of comfort to those who are alone.