Mon., March 13, 2017
Daniel 9:4b-10; Luke 6:36-38
For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you. – Lk 6:38b
Jesus reminds us that as we treat others we will be treated. Do I treat my neighbor as I would wish to be treated?
Lord, it is so very hard to treat others as I would want to be treated. Help me to gain a better insight into how I treat others. Grant me the strength to change my attitude to better treat my neighbor.
Tues., March 14, 2017
Isaiah 1:10, 16-20; Matthew 23:1-12
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted. – Mt 23:12
Jesus tells us that if we make ourselves self-important we will be humbled, but if we humble ourselves we will become important. What do I need to change in my behavior to become humble?
Lord, it is in my human nature to be self-important. Help me to humble myself and to walk away from that which artificially makes me important. Grant me the strength to always be humble in your sight.
Wed., March 15, 2017
Jeremiah 18:18-20; Matthew 20:17-28
“… whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave …”?” – Matthew 20:27
Jesus teaches us what it means to “first” in His kingdom. How might I put aside my desire for rewards in order to better serve others?
Lord, I wish only to serve you in all things. Take away from me the desire for earthly rewards for the good works I do in your name. Grant me the strength to serve others for no other reason than that it pleases you.
Thurs., March 16, 2017
Jeremiah 17:5-10; Luke 16:19-31
Abraham replied, ‘My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. – Luke 16:25
Jesus shows us that world’s riches amount to nothing in the afterlife. How much importance do I place on my worldly possessions?
Lord, there are many things that I enjoy possessing. Help me to understand that if I do not use my worldly wealth to help others, it will be useless to me after death. Take away my love of worldly things and replace it with a love for your people.
Fri., March 17, 2017
Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a; Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes.” – Mt 21:42
Am I accepting of all those who are close to me?
Lord, help me to see you in all people. Grant me the insight to know the people in my life that I must work better to accept. Grant me the courage to accept all those who are within my sphere of influence.