Posted on 10/12/2018 02:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Jesus and Beelzebul/The Return of the Unclean Spirit Luke 11:15-26 Jesus’ words and deeds amaze the crowds. Though they all witness the same thing—a demon being cast out of a person—they are divided. Some stand with him; some against him. Seemingly none of them understand Jesus’ act of power, a sign of the Kingdom. Prayer: Lord, help me to stand firmly with you at all times and to be a healer of the divisions that separate us from one another and from you.
Posted on 10/11/2018 02:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Further Teachings on Prayer Luke 11:5-13 We ask. We seek. We knock. Though we may not recognize the answer, we are assured that God always responds to our prayer by giving us what is best for us, what we need rather than what we want. Prayer: Lord let me be ever mindful that you hear my petitions, you answer my prayer. Help me to understand your answer and to follow where you lead.
Posted on 10/10/2018 02:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Lord’s Prayer Luke 11:1-4 The disciples knew that Jesus gave top priority to prayer. Prayer is the way to a proper relationship with the Father. They ask Jesus to teach them to do the same. Rather than instruct them he models the perfect prayer. Prayer: I pray the prayer that Jesus taught. Show me, Lord, how to live it; to make holy your name and to share your name with others; to be ever grateful for all that I have; to seek forgiveness and to forgive.
Posted on 10/9/2018 02:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Martha and Mary Luke 10:38-42 This is the story of two sisters, one of whom is intent on serving their guest, while the other is intent on listening to their guest. The work of each is good and valuable. In order to serve the Lord, one must first listen to God’s Word. Prayer: I begin so many days with a list of tasks I must accomplish. I launch into doing and neglect “the better part.” Lord, I can do nothing without you and must listen attentively to you before anything else
Posted on 10/8/2018 02:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Greatest Commandment/The Parable of the Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37 It is one thing to know the law, and another to live it as God intends. Jesus illustrates this through the familiar story about what it means to love God by loving neighbor. Remarkably, a Samaritan, despised by the Jews, does what the Jewish leaders avoid doing. Prayer: “ Who isn’t my neighbor, Lord?” I know the answer and pray for the grace to love and serve those I would prefer to pass by.
Posted on 10/6/2018 02:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Return of the Seventy-two/Praise of the Father Luke 10:17-24 The disciples return amazed by what had taken place on the mission. They have truly been empowered, and they rejoice at their ability to stand against evil. Jesus reminds them to keep things in perspective: Through him, they have brought the good news. Jesus is moved to prayer and praise of the Father. Prayer: My perspective is sometimes skewed by my ego. I pray to remember always that I am your humble servant, and I am to serve my sisters and brothers.
Posted on 10/5/2018 02:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Reproaches to the Unrepentant Towns Luke 10:13-16 Jesus has a stern warning to those who close their minds and hearts to the good news of the Kingdom of God. To reject him is to reject God, and for that there are dire consequences. Prayer: For those so distracted by life and living that they cannot hear, we pray. For those who hear but refuse to listen, we pray.
Posted on 10/4/2018 02:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Mission of the Seventy-two Luke 10:1-12 The Twelve were sent on a previous mission, and now Jesus is sending 72 ahead of him to prepare the way. They are to bring a spirit of humility and openness and to offer peace to those whose households they enter. There will be many challenges, but as long as they remain completely dependent on him they will have all that they need. Prayer: I pray for the spirit of humility and willingness to offer peace to every person I encounter. St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
Posted on 10/3/2018 02:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Would-be Followers of Jesus Luke 9:57-62 The “would-be” followers of Jesus are represented by one who states clearly that he will follow as soon as his earthly responsibilities are taken care of. Jesus makes it clear that the journey is more than geographical; it is a way of life that often requires letting go of earthly ties. Prayer: I want to follow you but am afraid where the journey will take me. I hear you say, “Don’t be afraid. I am with you.”
Posted on 10/1/2018 02:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Greatest in the Kingdom/Another Exorcist Luke 9:46-50 In an attempt to bring light to his disciples’ concern about status, Jesus places a child beside him. Children are helpless and do not have status in society, yet they are the greatest in the eyes of God. The disciple’s lack of understanding is evident by their petty remarks about the works of disciples who are outside of their circle. He reminds them that there are others who rightly act in his name. Prayer: I need to be reminded that there are those outside my circle who serve in your name. I judge them because they are different. I should not. St. Therese, pray for us.