Mon., September 5
1 Corinthians 5:1-8; Luke 6:6-11
Jesus challenges us to stand up against laws that hurt others. What can I do today to stand up for the good of others?
Lord, I know that frequently it is safer to keep quiet when faced with an unjust law. Help me to speak up at those times. Grant me the insight to recognize laws that are unjust to my fellow man.
Tues., September 6
1 Corinthians 6:1-11; Luke 6:12-19
Do I always remember to pray when faced with important decisions?
Lord, help me to always remember to talk with you before making major decisions in my life. Never allow me to forget that it is you and you alone who should be ruling my life.
Wed., September 7
1 Corinthians 7:25-31; Luke 6:20-26
Which of Jesus’ Beatitudes do I have the most trouble with?
Lord, your outline makes it so easy to live a good life, but there are times I have trouble with one or more of your beatitudes. Grant me the wisdom to see which ones are hardest for me and the strength to overcome myself and follow them.
Thurs., September 8
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Micah 5:1-4a OR Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23
Mary was insignificant by the world’s standards, but important in God’s plan. How am I important to God and his plan?
Lord, help me to see your plan for my life. Help me to see the importance that I have in your plan. Grant me the courage to live up to your plan for me.
Fri., September 9
St. Peter Claver
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22b-27; Luke 6:39-42
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? – Lk 6:41
Which of my own faults do I turn a blind eye to?
Lord, it is hard to look at myself and see my own faults. Help me to better understand what personal faults get in the way of my seeing clearly. Never let me think I am perfect and without fault.