Mon., January 16, 2017
Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 2:18-22
Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.” – Mk 2:19
What do I need to do have a deeper relationship with God?
Lord, I desire a new and stronger relationship with you. Help me to understand how I must change my behaviors to better establish that new relationship. Help me to constantly improve my new behaviors.
Tues., January 17, 2017
St. Anthony, Abbot
Hebrews 6:10-20; Mark 2:23-28
Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.” – Mk 2:27-28
Do I observe the Sabbath properly? Aside from attending church, do I remember the Lord on his day? Or do I go about as usual not taking the rest the Lord told us to take on the Sabbath?
Lord, help me to observe your day properly. Do not allow me to be so caught up in the things of this world that I neglect those of the next.
Wed., January 18, 2017
Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17; Mark 3:1-6
They watched him closely to see if he would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him. – Mk 3:2
What price am I willing to pay for helping others?
Lord, there are times when I must suffer in order to help others. Grant me the wisdom to know when I must do so and the courage to endure whatever consequences develop. Strengthen me in my resolve to help others.
Thurs., January 19, 2017
Hebrews 7:25 – 8:6; Mark 3:7-12
He warned them sternly not to make him known. – Mk 3:12
Jesus refused to allow evil spirits to make him known. How has Jesus been inviting me to make him known?
Lord, help me to understand the tasks that you have for me. Give me the knowledge to identify these tasks and the courage to follow through in performing them. It is my job to help make you known to the world.
Fri., January 20, 2017
Hebrews 8:6-13; Mark 3:13-19
He appointed twelve [whom he also named apostles] that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach … Mk 3:14
Am I spending enough time with Jesus before doing his work?
Lord, there is a lot of work I can do in your name. Help me to remember that I must first spend time with you to strengthen me for the work ahead. Never allow me to think that I can do it myself.