Mon., October 24, 2016
Ephesians 4:32 – 5:8; Luke 13:10-17
He was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath. – Luke 13:10
Jesus points out that good works are permitted on the Sabbath. Do I observe the Sabbath completely and properly?
Lord, I know it is your day, but there are so many projects that require my attention. Help me to have the strength to set aside unnecessary projects and to observe your day as you wish.
Tues., October 25, 2016
Ephesians 5:21-33; Luke 13:18-21
Then he said, “What is the kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? – Luke 13:18
What small thing, like a mustard seed or yeast, can we compare the kingdom of God to?
Lord, help me to see what small thing in my life has grown to some thing great. I know you are always present, making the small great. Help me to better understand and open my eyes to better see it.
Wed., October 26, 2016
Ephesians 6:1-9; Luke 13:22-30
Strive to enter through the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. – Luke 13:24
Jesus reminds us today that it is important that we always stay in contact with him. Will Jesus see me as a stranger or as a faithful friend?
Lord, grant me the courage to remain your friend regardless of the times. Never allow me to come to you as a stranger.
Thurs., October 27, 2016
Ephesians 6:10-20; Luke 13:31-35
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling! – Luke 13:34
Jesus yearned to gather the children of Jerusalem under his wings. Have I experienced God’s unconditional love for me?
Lord, you are always there. Your love for me is unending. Even when I turn my back on you, you are still there waiting to forgive me. Help me to always be aware of your unconditional love for me, and to act accordingly.
Fri., October 28, 2016
St. Simon and St. Jude, apostles
Ephesians 2:19-22; Luke 6:12-16
In those days he departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. – Luke 6:12
Jesus went up the mountain to pray first before choosing disciples to help him in his work. Do I pray before doing His work?
Lord, I know that you have chosen me as your disciple. Help me to see the work I am chosen for. Grant me the strength to step forward and embrace the work you have chosen for me.