Mon., December 5, 2016
Isaiah 35:1-10; Luke 5:17-26
When he saw their faith, he said, “As for you, your sins are forgiven.” – Lk 5:20
Jesus forgave the sins of the man he healed. Of what particular sins do I need Jesus to forgive me?
Lord, I try, but I am human, and I fail at times. It is not my wish to offend you with sin. Help me to understand those sins that I need you forgiveness from. Help me to avoid all sin in the future.
Tues., December 6, 2016
Isaiah 40:1-11; Matthew 18:12-14
In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost. – Mt 18:14
God rejoices over the return of one lost sheep to the fold. How can I help God in returning a lost sheep?
Lord, show me how to help you. Make me your hand on earth to the lost sheep. Help me to understand who is lost and how I can help them back to you.
Wed., December 7, 2016
St. Ambrose, bishop and doctor
Isaiah 40:25-31; Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Mt 11:28
Jesus tells us that he will give us rest. What kind of rest do you want to pray for? Rest from what?
Lord, there are so many burdens I need your help with. Help me to discern which is the most critical. Grant me the strength to place that burden on my shoulders and bring it to you for relief.
Thurs., December 8, 2016
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Genesis 3:9-15, 20; Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12; Luke 1:26-38
Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” – Lk 1:30
Mary said yes. In what ways have I said yes? How have I prepared to give birth to Jesus in my heart?
Lord, I welcome you into my heart. Help me to become better prepared for your coming. Grant me the wisdom to know what I must do to prepare my heart and the strength to do what I must.
Fri., December 9, 2016
Isaiah 48:17-19; Matthew 11:16-19
The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is vindicated by her works.‘” – Mt 11:19
Sometimes we have tunnel vision and do not want to listen to what God is trying to teach or reveal to us. Do I always listen to the lessons God has been teaching me?
Lord, help me to understand the lessons you wish me to learn. Grant me the knowledge to understand these lessons and the courage to follow them.