Proverbs 3:27-34; Luke 8:16-18
“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light.” – Lk 8:15
Do I let the light of my faith in Jesus shine before those around me?
Lord, I thank you for my faith in you, your greatest gift to me. Help me to allow others to see that faith in my life so that I may be an example to them of your love. Never let me hide the light of my faith from others.
Tues., September 20, 2016
St. Andrew Kim Tae-gon, priest and martyr; St. Paul Chong Ha-sang, martyr and Companions, martyrs
Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13; Luke 8:19-21
He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it. – Lk 8:21
Jesus reminds us that to be a part of his family we need to hear and act on his word. Do I hear and act on the word of God?
Lord, I hear your word all the time, but there are times that I do not act accordingly. Help me to not only hear and understand your word but to also act on it, so that your word is living through me.
Wed., September 21, 2016
St. Matthew, apostle and evangelist
Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13; Matthew 9:9-13
“Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” Mt 9:13
Like Matthew, what have I left behind to follow Jesus?
Lord, there are so many distractions in my life that get in the way of following you. Grant to me the knowledge to discern which of these distractions I need to leave behind and help me to better follow you.
Thurs., September 22, 2016
Ecclesiastes 1:2-11; Luke 9:7-9
What teachings of Jesus do I have a hard time understanding?
Lord, I believe in you and all that you have revealed to me. But there are issues that I still have a hard time understanding and believing. Help me to better understand these issues and in doing so the fully believe in them. Help me in my unbelief.
Fri., September 23, 2016
St. Pius of Pietrelcina
Ecclesiastes 3:1-11; Luke 9:18-22
Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” Lk 9:18
Jesus asks us the same question he asked his disciples – Who do I say that Jesus is?
Lord, in my heart I know who you are, but intellectually it is harder to understand. Help me to better understand just who and what you are in my life. Grant me the strength of Peter who knew exactly who you are and acted accordingly.