Mon., December 12, 2016
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Zechariah 2:14-17 or Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab; Luke 1:26-38 or Luke 1:39-47
And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” – Lk 1:46-47
Mary rejoices in God’s loving care for the lowly. How might I help someone in need today?
Lord, show me where I may bring your love to someone in need. Grant me the courage to bring your love to that someone whatever the individual cost may be. Make me your hands in this world.
Tues., December 13, 2016
Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13; Matthew 21:28-32
“Which of the two did his father’s will?” They answered, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.” – Mt 21:31
Jesus spoke as he did because he represented the Father. Do I speak strongly because I represent Jesus and the Father?
Lord, I am chosen to be one of your representatives on this earth. Help me to speak boldly your message. Always let my words represent you and your message to others.
Wed, December 14, 2016
St. John of the Cross
Isaiah 45: 6c-8, 18, 21c-25; Luke 7: 18b-23
And he said to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.” – Lk 7:22
In what way do I need Jesus healing power in my life? Do I suffer from any spiritual diseases or afflictions?
Lord, help me to recognize my own weaknesses and to seek your healing hand for help in overcoming them. With your help I can overcome anything.
Thurs., December 15, 2016
Isaiah 54: 1-10; Luke 7: 24-30
“This is the one about whom scripture says: ‘Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, he will prepare your way before you.” – Lk 7:27
Do I have the faith of John the Baptist? Do I tell others about Jesus?
Jesus, help me to strengthen my faith in you. Make it strong and unbending. Help me to make my lifestyle as simple as John’s and your’s was.
Fri., December 16, 2016
Isaiah 56:1-3a, 6-8; John 5:33-36
But I have testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. – Jn 5:36
What have I done to testify to Jesus’ presence in the world?
Lord, show me the way to improve my world, to make it just and right in your eyes. Grant me the strength that I need to bring about your will in my world.