Mon., July 18, 2016
Micah 6:1-4, 6-8; Matthew 12:38-42
You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you:
Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8
What does it mean to love goodness and walk humbly with God? How can I do this?
Lord, I know this is the way you wish me to live. I try to follow your way. Sometimes I have trouble living up to your expectations. Help me to see where I most need help and grant me the wisdom to accept your help in these areas.
Tues., July 19, 2016
Micah 7:14-15 18-20; Matthew 12:46-50
For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother. – Mt 12:50
Jesus tells us that we are his when we do the will of his Father. What do I most need to change in my life to better do God’s will?
Lord, it is my desire to always follow the will of you and your Father. Help me to see that will and grant me the courage to follow it regardless of the consequences.
Wed., July 20, 2016
Jeremiah 1:1, 4-10; Matthew 13:1-9
But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. – Mt 13:8
Jesus says that the seed that falls on rich soil will produce much fruit. How can I make my heart a better environment for receiving the Word of God?
Lord, I so desire my heart to be the rich soil you spoke of. Help me to keep a pure heart. Help me to prepare my heart to be the rich soil so that your word may grow and produce fruit within me.
Thurs., July 21, 2016
Jeremiah 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13; Matthew 13:10-17
Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. – Mt. 13:17
Jesus tells us that some people have ears but do not hear his message. Do I always hear what Jesus is telling me?
Lord, there are so many distractions. I know you speak to me but frequently I am distracted and do not hear you. Help me to pay more attention to your voice speaking to me and also open my eyes that I may see you better.
Fri., July 22, 2016
St. Mary Magdalene
Jeremiah 3:14-17; John 20:1-2, 11-18
Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. – John 20:16
Do I recognize Jesus’ voice when he talks to me?
Lord, I know you always tell me what I need to do to be a better follower. There are times that I am so occupied with worldly things that I do not hear your voice. Help me to be better attuned to your call. Help me to know your voice when you speak my name.