Monday, April 4
The Annunciation of the Lord
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10; Hebrews 10:4-10; Luke 1:26-38
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. – Luke 1:38
Mary responded “yes” without hesitation. What is God asking of me that I need to respond with a “yes”?
Lord, I know there are things you ask of me that I ignore. Help me to better hear your voice asking me, and to joyfully respond with a resounding “yes”. Do not let things of this world get in the way of my answer.
Tuesday, April 5
Acts 4:32-37; John 3:7b-15
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. – John 3:14-15
Jesus tells us that we must be born from above. How do I interpret this saying of Jesus? How do I know that I have been born from above?
Lord, this is a hard saying. It is very difficult to understand. Only through you will I ever truly understand it. Help me to realize how I have been born from above.
Wednesday, April 6
Acts 5:17-26; John 3:16-21
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God. – John 3:21
Jesus is our light. What sometimes keeps me from seeking His light?
Lord, I am not proud of it, but there are times I prefer to remain in the darkness. Less is demanded of me in the darkness. Help me to understand that I will not grow with you in the dark. Grant me the strength to always seek the light.
Thursday, April 7
Acts 5:27-33; John 3:31-36
But Peter and the apostles said in reply, “We must obey God rather than men. – Acts 5:29
When does my faith most conflict with human rules?
Lord, I am surrounded with temptations to ignore you and give my allegiance to the material world. Help me to identify that which draws me away from you. Grant me the strength to turn away from temptation and to you.
Friday, April 8
Acts 5:34-42; John 6:1-15
When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” – John 6:5
Jesus fed a large number of people with a minimum amount of food. Am I fully satisfied when Jesus feeds me with the Eucharist?
Lord, there are times that I think I am never satisfied, but when I receive you in the Eucharist I feel fully and completely satisfied. Never allow me to forget the great gift you have given me in the Eucharist. Strengthen my faith in you.