Mon., August 15
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab; 1 Corinthians 15:20-27; Luke 1:39-56
And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” – Lk 1:46-47
In her humility, Mary proclaimed the greatness of the Lord. Does my life always reflect the greatness of the Lord?
Lord, I don’t always reflect your greatness to those around me. Grant me the humility to always reflect your greatness, in all situations. Allow my life to better reflect your love of the human race. Don’t allow me to be too centered on myself.
Tues., August 16, 2016
Ezekiel 28:1-10; Matthew 19:23-30
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life. – Mt 19:29
Jesus tells us that whatever we give up for love of him will be returned a hundred times more. What am I willing to give up to be a better follower of Jesus?
Lord, my earthly attachments are many. Help me to see what I must give up if I wish to better follow you. Never let me forget that whatever I give up will be returned a hundred times more.
Wed., August 17, 2016
Ezekiel 34:1-11; Matthew 20:1-16
So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more, but each of them also got the usual wage. – Mt 20:10
Am I grateful for the gifts I have been given or do I tend to compare myself with others?
Lord, I know you are both just and generous. Take away from me all trace of human jealousy. Help me to be grateful for whatever you see fit to send to me.
Thurs., August 18, 2016
Ezekiel 36:23-28; Matthew 22:1-14
“The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.” – Mt 22:2
God has invited me to the banquet. Do I prepare properly? Do I remain faithful?
Lord, the greatest gift you have left with us is the Eucharist. There are times I participate in the Eucharist but am not properly prepared. Help me to always attend the Eucharist properly prepared and in a grateful and loving manner. Help me to never take the Eucharist for granted.
Fri., August 19, 2016
Ezekiel 37:1-14; Matthew 22:34-40
He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” – Mt 22:37
Jesus reminds us that we are to love God and to love one another. Do I love God and my neighbor at all times?
Lord, loving you is no problem. It is the love your neighbor part that I find hard. Help me to understand that regardless of what has happened I must still love my neighbor. In loving others I reflect your love of all. Grant me the strength to never forget this commandment.