Mon., October 31, 2016
Philippians 2:1-4; Luke 14:12-14
Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind – Luke 14:13
What ways of God most puzzle me?
Lord, your ways are so mysterious at times. Help me to understand all your ways. Grant me the discernment to see which of your ways I find most difficult and the grace to overcome that difficulty.
Tues., November 1, 2016
All Saints Day
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12a
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven – Mt 5:1-3
Jesus’ beatitudes outline for us a perfect way of living. Which of the beatitudes do I most need help with?
Lord, show me where I am weakest in following your beatitudes. Grant me the courage to change my ways to better follow your teachings. Help me to be your faithful follower in all ways.
Wed., November 2, 2016
Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day)
Wisdom 3:1-9; Romans 5:5-11 OR Romans 6:3-9; John 6:37-40
And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it [on] the last day. – John 6:39
Today we honor all the loved ones who have gone on to their eternal reward. Who do I especially wish to honor today?
Lord, there are so many in my life who have gone home to you. Help me to always remember them all, and pray for them, not only today but everyday.
Thurs., November 3, 2016
Philippians 3:3-8a; Luke 15:1-10
I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance – Luke 15:7
What can I do to help others repent and turn to Jesus?
Lord, help me to see what I may do to influence others to embrace you. Help me to speak up when necessary to announce your good news. Never allow me to remain silent when the opportunity to speak arrives.
Fri., November 4, 2016
Philippians 3:17 – 4:1; Luke 16:1-8
He called in his master’s debtors one by one. To the first he said, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ – Luke 16:5
The prudent servant gained forgiveness by forgiving others. Do I forgive others as I wish to be forgiven myself?
Lord, forgiveness comes so hard for me. I want to forgive others but my human-ness gets in the way. Help me, Lord, to forgive others. Please forgive me for the ways that I have hurt you.