Mon., March 20, 2017
St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16; Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22; Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a OR Luke 2:41-51a
He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favor before God and man. – Luke 2:50-51
Joseph cared for and watched over Mary and Jesus. Whom does God want me to care for?
Lord, there are many people in my life. Help me to understand who is there for my protection and care. Grant me the strength to never fail when my protection is called upon.
Tues., March 21, 2017
Daniel 3:25, 34-43; Matthew 18:21-35
Then Peter approaching asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.” – Mt 18:21-22
Jesus tells us that our forgiveness must never be limited. Is there someone I need to forgive?
Lord, I know that I say I forgive some offenses, but I place limits on that forgiveness. Help me to see where I have placed these limits and grant me the courage to remove them. Always remind me to forgive if I wish to be forgiven.
Wed., March 22, 2017
Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9; Matthew 5:17-19
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.” – Mt 5:17
How has God been at work in my life since Lent began?
Lord, I know you are always working in my life. Help me to become more aware of where you are working and to be more cooperative in my response. Help me to have the best Lent I have ever had this year.
Thurs., March 23, 2017
Jeremiah 7:23-28; Luke 11:14-23
“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” Luke 11:23
Where in my life am I called to bring unity and peace?
Lord, I am always undecided when it comes to responding to you. There are so many world distractions that I get caught up in. Help me to let those distractions go and concentrate only on you. I wish only to serve you and you alone.
Fri., March 24, 2017
Hosea 14:2-10; Mark 12:28-34
And ‘to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself’ is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” – Mk 12:33
Jesus told us to love our neighbor as ourselves. Do I always love my neighbor?
Lord, I sometimes struggle with this. Help me to see you in all others so that I may love them as you have commanded. Help me to stop judging others and to just be accepting of all as you are.