Mon., September 12, 2016
1 Corinthians 11:17-26, 33; Luke 7:1-20
The centurion had total faith in Jesus. He knew that Jesus would help him. Do I have complete faith that Jesus will always help me?
Lord, I know you are always present. I know you will always help me. But there are times that my faith is not strong enough. Grant me the strength of faith to never doubt your helping hand.
Tues., September 13, 2016
St. John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 27-31a; Luke 7:11-17
Am I as compassionate as I should be when someone around me suffers a loss?
Lord, there are times that I am too self-centered to really feel compassion for another. Grant me the wisdom to understand when my neighbor most needs my compassion and the generosity to grant it.
Wed., September 14, 2016
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Numbers 21:4b-9; Philippians 2:6-11; John 3:13-17
What in my life most needs Jesus’ help today? How have I found new life through following Jesus?
Lord, there are so many ways that I need your help. Grant me the insight to know where I most need you. Grant me the strength to do whatever I must to open myself to your assistance.
Thurs., September 15, 2016
Our Lady of Sorrows
1 Corinthians 15:1-11; John 19:25-27 or Luke 2:33-35
What sorrow do I most need Mary’s help with?
Lord, there are many sorrows in my life. Some are easier than others to accept. Help me to understand those that I am in most need of help with accepting. Grant me the grace to accept all sorrows in loving partnership with you.
Fri., September 16, 2016
St. Cornelius and St. Cyprian
1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 8:1-3
Contrary to the custom of his time, Jesus allowed women to follow him. Do I encourage all to be disciples of Jesus or do my prejudices show in my spreading the word?
Lord, you welcomed all to follow you. Sometimes I allow my individual prejudices to get in the way of spreading your word. Grant me the courage to place my feelings aside and to spread your word to all peoples.