Mon., June 26, 2017
Gen 12:1-9; Matthew 7:1-5
“Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?” – Mt 7:3
Jesus tells us: “Do not judge.” Do I judge others?
Lord, there are times that I become very judgmental. It is hard not to be. Help me to better see my own faults and to be less judgmental of the faults of others. Never let me forget that as I judge others so also will I be judged.
Tues., June 27, 2017
Genesis 13: 2, 5-18; Matthew 7: 6, 12-14
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many.” – Mt 7:13
Jesus tells us to enter through the narrow gate. What does he heam? What makes this hard for us?
Lord, I understand your teaching on this subject, but it is not always an easy task for me. Help me to discern those areas where I most need your help. Help me to understand why it is so hard for me to follow your teaching.
Wed., June 28, 2017
St. Iranaeus, bishop & martyr
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Matthew 7:15-20
“Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.” – Mt 7:17
What do the fruits of my labors tell others about who I am?
Lord, it is my desire to bring others to you by my example. Help me to live a life that will steer all people toward you. Make the fruits of my life draw others to follow your teachings.
Thurs., June 29, 2017
Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
Acts 12:1-11; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18; Matthew 16:13-19
“He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’” – Mt 16:15
Jesus wants to know who people think he is. Who do I think Jesus is in my life?
Lord, I know who you are, but do I really know who you are to me personally? Help me to have a better understanding of just who you are to me in my life.
Fri., June 30, 2017
Genesis 17:1, 9-10, 15-22; Matthew 8:1-4
“And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” – Mt 8:2
Jesus healed the leper and sent him to the priest to be restored to the community. How can I use the opportunities that God gives me to help heal my world?
Lord, I wish to be your agent and to help heal my world. Help me to understand how I can best accomplish this. Grant me the strength to step up and accept my role as a healer.