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Our theme for Lent is renewal of our commitment to the practices of the Flame of Love. We must be sure this renewal rests upon the proper foundation – we do all for Love – love of our Lord and love of our brothers and sisters: “if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.” I Cor 13:3
Only when our actions reach into our deepest longings and purpose – to love and be loved – will our commitment be sustainable. All we do, we do for love for, if we have become Jesus by the effect of grace, we have become Love for God IS Love.

Let us, in this series, re-examine the various aspects of this great devotion and particularly explore how they flow from the Flame of Love, not The Flame of Responsibility or the Flame of Saving Our Own Skin – yes, the Flame of Love who is Love Himself. May God make us an ever greater blessing for others during this season of Lent.

This Little Light Of Mine

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Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

This Little Light of Mine

Your drops of oil gathered on Earth- which by your lifetime of sacrifices, My Divine Son united with His merits- will fall back upon the extinguished lamps of the souls and will ignite them by my Flame of Love (Mary) (May 30, 1965)

Today’s Readings:

Jesus said to his disciples,
“Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket
or under a bed,
and not to be placed on a lampstand? (Mark 4)

Prayer Meditation: O Lord, this little lamp of my life is yours to ignite so that souls will be saved. Lord give me oil for my lamp so that Your light can be seen in me- may Your light never be hidden from those we love!

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WEEK THREE – WEDNESDAY – JANUARY 26, 2022 – THE POWERFUL SEED (MK 4:1-20)

Prayer:

O Jesus, let the seed of your word flourish within me.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus surrounded by the crowd.

Context:

Mark’s gospel has very few parables and most deal with seeds (an image of the Kingdom). Parables are central to Jesus’ teaching and express the themes that are closest to his heart. This text is a parable of hope. Jesus overcomes the disappointment of his disciples, who see many not receiving the Kingdom. Jesus describes Palestinian farming where the seed is thrown everywhere because the plowing takes place later.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Because a large crowd gathered, Jesus got in a boat to teach them, as they stood on the shore.  He taught them in parables.  “Listen now, the sower went out to sow.  Some seed fell by the wayside and the birds of the air ate them.  Other seed fell on stony ground where there was not much soil.  It grew quickly but had no deep soil.  When the sun rose, it was scorched and withered away because it had no roots.

Some seed fell among thorns.  The thorns grew and choked it and there was no yield of grain.   Some seed fell on good ground. This seed gave fruit that yielded thirty, sixty or a hundredfold.  Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.” 

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. The seed is God’s word containing the life of the Kingdom.
  2. God’s word is perfect.  All the seeds are equal, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power.
  3.  Jesus preaches to all, and his words enter everyone’s ears.  They all hear and receive.
  4. Some hearts are like rocks, or superficial soil or thorns. Seeds in those hearts produce no harvest.
  5. Surprisingly, these failures are not important.  The farmer has a gigantic harvest.
  6. The seed is so powerful that when it finds some good soil, it produces an unimaginable harvest.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O Jesus, plant your Kingdom in my heart.
  • Your Kingdom contains every power needed to sanctify me.
  • You preach to all. You do not hold back your word. I can receive it whenever I wish.
  • O Jesus, look at my heart. It is filled with rocks and with thorns, and is so superficial.
  • Jesus, part of my heart is good ground.  Pour out your seed and the harvest will be abundant.
  • O Jesus, let us rejoice together in a gigantic harvest.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ I will seek God’s word in the gospels.

+ When I hear Jesus’ word, I will receive it with a generous spirit.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

Whoever has ears to hear. Let him listen.

Not For Sissies

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Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus

Not For Sissies


Suffer with courage, perseverance and sincere abandonment. All that you can do for Me on Earth is meritorious (Jesus) (July 24, 1963)


Today’s Readings:

For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1)


Prayer Meditation: O Lord You did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and self- control. Stir the Flame of Love in us so that we will persevere in the work You have given us no matter how small it may seem in the natural- every sacrifice and prayer offered is for the love of You and the salvation of souls. Lord, my mother always told me that this life is not for sissies- give us courage to know and do Your will in the present moment even if we are doing it afraid!

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WEEK THREE – TUESDAY – JANUARY 25, 2022 – THE FINAL COMMAND (Mk 16:15-20)

Prayer:

O Jesus, send me to all the nations.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus sending His disciples to teach and to baptize.

Context:

This is the final scene of Mark’s gospel. Before ascending into heaven, Jesus commissions the disciples to teach and to baptize. To whomever believes and accepts Baptism, he promises eternal salvation and charismatic powers.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possible aloud.)

Go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.  Whoever does not believe will be condemned.  These signs shall follow those that believe. In my name they will cast out devils.  They will speak in new tongues.  They shall take up deadly serpents.  If they drink any deadly poison, it will not harm them.  They shall lay their hands on the sick and they will recover.

Teach them to observe everything I have commanded you.  Behold I am with you all days, even to the end of the world.

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)

  1. These are Jesus’ final words before ascending into heaven. They contain clear instructions.
  2. The disciples must preach and baptize so that everyone can enter Jesus’ Kingdom.
  3. The stakes are high.  Those who believe will be saved.  Those who do not will be condemned.
  4. Jesus promises miraculous signs and wonders to the new believers.
  5. To insure the disciples’ success, Jesus himself will remain with them.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O Jesus, send me to the nations.
  • What a privilege!  I will preach and lead others to Baptism and to eternal salvation.
  • Jesus, keep me safe and give me your powers.
  • Remain with me.  With you, I can do all things.
  • Return, Jesus.  Return soon.  Then, history will be complete.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ Today, I will speak to others about faith in Jesus.

+ I will believe that Jesus’ power will follow my words.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved. Whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Blinded By The Light

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Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

Blinded By The Light

As I was kneeling silently before the Lord, a great brightness shone before my spiritual eyes, but I could not see it clearly. It was like a living light which sparkled and sent out small flashing particles in every direction. These particles were smaller than a grain of dust. Nevertheless, even the smallest particle shone with a great flash. (Elizabeth) (May 2, 1962)


Today’s Readings: On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” He said, “Who are you, sir?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.(Acts 9)


Prayer Meditation- Lord as I spent time in prayer with You this morning meditating on this well known and loved conversion story of Saint Paul it struck me that he was blinded by Love, Your Flame of Love! Lord, some of us may have had conversion experiences like this where suddenly the scales fall from our eyes. Many of us do not have some “I’ve seen the light” experience but our hearts are illumined by Your Light of Love little by little, maybe kneeling in prayer, spending more and more time seeking Your Face. In any event, when the Your Light hits the darkness of our lives, we are never the same! There is a movie called Full of Grace about the life of Mary after the Ascension. My favorite line is when Mary tells the Apostles whatever they do in their lives to always remember that moment when we felt Your Gaze and saw Your Face! And if we haven’t felt Your Gaze yet, Lord give us faith to ask for this Grace! Because nothing is ever the same after hearts are set on fire with the Flame of Your Love! And if we have forgotten about that moment Lord we ask You to remind us of who we are in You! Lord, like Paul let us now proceed because You have made us Your own. Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead we press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14).

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WEEK THREE – MONDAY – JANUARY 24, 2022 – CASTING OUT SATAN (MK 3:22-30)

Prayer:

O Jesus, by your power, free me from the Evil One.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus in his controversy with the scribes.

Context:

Mark presents another group of critics, the scribes. However, Jesus does not answer them. Jesus speaks to the crowds to get a fair hearing. He destroys the scribe’s argument by sheer logic. Then, he defines his relationship to the demonic world. He is more powerful than satan who holds all mankind in bondage.

Finally, Jesus speaks about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, a sin which the scribes have committed by attributing God’s power to the Evil One.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

            The scribes from Jerusalem claimed “He is possessed by Beelzebub and he casts out devils by the prince of devils.”  Jesus then spoke to the crowds in a parable. “How can Satan cast out Satan? A Kingdom divided against itself, cannot stand.  A house divided against itself also cannot stand.  If Satan has suffered mutiny in his ranks, he is divided and cannot stand.  He is finished.  No one can enter a strong man’s house and rob him of his goods unless he first ties up the strong man.  Then he plunders his house.

            All sins shall be forgiven mankind and all blasphemies, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, shall never be forgiven.  He carries the guilt of his sin forever.”

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. The evidence is overwhelming and the scribes have to admit that Jesus drives out demons.  
  2. So, they claim the source of this power is the prince of demons.
  3. Their argument is ridiculous. Satan’s kingdom would be divided and would certainly end.
  4. Jesus describes Satan as a strong man who has captured the human race.
  5. Jesus, however, is stronger.  He ties up Satan and is sets people free.
  6. Blasphemy against the Spirit is when a person rejects Jesus’ power, saying it comes from Satan.
  7.  The scribes have done this and will not seek Jesus’ forgiveness.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O Jesus, Satan has no hold over you.  You have all authority.
  • Your power and his power will forever clash.
  • O Jesus, Your power is divine and I fully trust you with my life.
  • Set me free.  Plunder Satan’s possessions.  Remove his control over my life.
  • Without you, Satan would make this world into his hell.
  • With you, earth becomes like the Kingdom of God.
  • O Holy Spirit, forgive all my sins.  You are divine and have all the Father’s powers.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ I will examine my life and discover where Satan has control over me.

+ I will deliberately come under Jesus’ power.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

Jesus ties up the strong man and plunders his possessions, setting us free.

Blinding The Strong Man

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Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales

Blinding The Strong Man

“With this Flame full of graces that I give you from my heart, ignite all the hearts in the entire country. Let this Flame go from heart to heart. This is the miracle becoming the blaze whose dazzling light will blind Satan. This is the fire of love of union which I obtained from the heavenly Father through the merits of the wounds of my Divine Son.”  (Mary) (April 13, 1962 )

Today’s Readings: If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
And if a house is divided against itself,
that house will not be able to stand.
And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided,
he cannot stand;
that is the end of him.
But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property
unless he first ties up the strong man.
Then he can plunder his house. (Mark 3)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, who is the strong man? The strong man in this parable is the enemy of our souls who does not want to let go and give back any territory he may have conquered whether invited or uninvited. And who is stronger, the one who ties up the strong man- Lord that is You, the Name above all Names. At Your Name the strong man must leave. Yet Lord, sometimes we so easily forget who is the Stronger One in this spiritual battle we face every day of our lives. And today, there is so much sin that we can’t even see Your Grace which abounds all the more (Romans 5:20). Lord, through Your Precious Blood You have set us free, You the Flame of Love who blinds Satan! Lord help us to call Your Name today and may we pray the Unity Prayer to blind Satan and set our families free because You are the Divine Antidote to the “strong man” sickness in the world.

May our feet journey together. May our hands gather in unity. May our hearts beat in unison. May our souls be in harmony. May our thoughts be as one. May our ears listen to the silence together. May our glances profoundly penetrate each other. May our lips pray together to gain mercy from the Eternal Father. Amen.

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WEEK THREE – SUNDAY (C) – JANUARY 23, 2022 – THE INAUGURAL ADDRESS (LK 4:14-21)

Prayer:

O Jesus, send the Spirit of the Father upon me.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching in the synagogue.

Context:

Having overcome Satan’s three temptations, Jesus begins his public ministry. Other gospels record this visit to the synagogue but Luke gives it preeminence. This is Jesus’ inauguration address highlighting all the themes of Luke’s gospel.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

            Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee and his reputation spread throughout the region.  He taught in their synagogue and was praised by all.

            Jesus came to Nazareth where he had been raised and, entering the synagogue on the sabbath as he was accustomed, he got up to read.  The book of the prophet, Isaiah, was given to him and he found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.  He has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind and the release of prisoners.  To preach a year of favor from the Lord.”

            Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down.  All the eyes of the synagogue were upon him.  He said to them, “This day, this reading is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. Jesus loved to preach in the synagogue where good people, eager for God’s word, gathered.
  2. Jesus explains the source of his power. The Holy Spirit has come upon him.
  3. He chooses a text which outlines his call.  He will preach and set free.
  4. Every group (the poor, the captives, the blind) will receive the favors.
  5. Jesus’ ministry means an extended time of God’s favor for all Israel.
  6. Because his reputation had spread, all eyes were on him.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • Jesus, I know your reputation and I desire your favor.
  • O Jesus, the Spirit of the Lord is upon you. Send the Spirit upon me.
  • I am poor, preach your gospel to me. I am a captive, set me free. I am blind, help me to see.
  • Your time of favor is extensive – all the years of my life.
  • The Kingdom has come and has brought all your blessings.
  • I will not delay. I will not put off accepting you as my King.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ I will be faithful to my reading of Scripture.

+ Today, I will ask Jesus for the Holy Spirit.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me.

The Word Of The Lord Is Perfect

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The Word Of The Lord Is Perfect

I am your Master and I instruct you. I prepared Myself for three years of activity by thirty years of silence. Being your Master, and united with Me, you will also find wisdom. Speak only when I give you the signal, expressing yourself only in the way you have learned from Me, or in the manner I would say it Myself. In a word, imitate Me. You will see that just a few words can produce good abundant fruits in souls.” (August 16, 1962)

Today’s Readings: He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up,
and went according to his custom
into the synagogue on the sabbath day.
He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.(Luke 1)

Prayer Meditation: O Lord we bless You, we thank You, we love You and we adore You not only because of Your public life and ministry, but for the thirty years of silence where You lived the most ordinary life. As a matter of fact, so ordinary that when You came back to Your hometown, it was hard for your neighbors to recognize You as the Word Made Flesh, right before their eyes despite the miracles performed in Capernaum. And yet there You were, speaking life and hope to all who had ears to hear- to set the captives free and we are all captives of sin and death without You. You have come to heal us and restore us- to make us whole and brand new! And what do You ask of us- to run around saying whatever comes to mind, so full our ourselves, to convince others about the truth of the Gospel in our own steam and power? No, You ask us to imitate You- to learn and to be formed by You in the school of silence so that we can hear Your Voice. Because it is Your Voice that will tell us how to love others with Your Love- imitating You, so that our few words ,guided by the Holy Spirit will produce abundant fruit in souls! Yes Lord, Your law is perfect, Your decrees are trustworthy giving wisdom even to our simple souls so may the words our mouths and the thoughts of our hearts find favor in You, O Lord! (Psalm 19)

WEEK TWO – SATURDAY – JANUARY 22, 2022 – HAVING A NEW FAMILY (MK 3:20-21, 31-35)

Prayer:

O Jesus, let me be a member of your family.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus saying to you, “You are my brother and sister and mother.”

Context:

            Mark often begins a story, tells another story and then completes the first story. This story begins with the family squabble (3:20-21). The word, “outside” refers to the family.  “Inside” refers to those who do God’s will.  Don’t get upset by this story.  It doesn’t mean that Mary complains. (Mark never uses Mary’s name.  She is entirely absent in this gospel.) Mark says “his mother” because he wants to say that the disciple can become Jesus’ mother.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

His mother and his relatives came. They stood outside and sent someone to say, “Your mother and your relatives are outside looking for you.”

Jesus responded, “Who is my mother and my relatives?” Looking at those seated around him, Jesus said, “These are my mother and my relatives. Whoever does the will of God is my brother and my sister and my mother.”

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. These complainers are related to Jesus by nature, but not by faith. Therefore, they are outside the Kingdom.
  2. They act like the world and try to destroy Jesus’ ministry.
  3. Those in the house listening to him are insiders.  They belong to Jesus’ family.
  4. Jesus announces a new reality. He is forming a new family of God.
  5. All who do God’s will are a brother, a sister or even a mother to Jesus.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O Jesus, how sorry the state of those who do not know you.  They are outside of the Kingdom.
  • I want to be inside, someone who knows and does God’s will.
  • Form me into your family. Oh, to be a child of God!  Nothing. Nothing is a greater blessing.
  • Who can believe your call?  Whose heart could imagine your invitation to be a member of your family?
  • O Jesus, I will always do God’s will.  Then, I will be your brother or sister.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ I will ponder the great privilege of being a child of God.

+ I will seek God’s will all during the day.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

Whoever does the will of God is my brother, my sister and my mother.

Out Of Our Minds

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Day of Prayer For The Legal Protection Of The Newborn

Out Of Our Minds

After this, I placed my daughter C in charge of the house: “From now on, you will be the little owner of this house and I will not cook anymore.” She was surprised and asked what I would do. “Whatever you ask, I will do and I will eat whatever you give to me.” – “Mother,” she said, “you are acting like a hermit.” (Elizabeth) (1961-1962)

Today’s Readings: Jesus came with his disciples into the house.
Again the crowd gathered,
making it impossible for them even to eat.
When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him,
for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

Prayer Meditation- O Lord we bless You, adore You and love You for showing us that we are not alone in feeling alone. I think many of us can relate not only to Elizabeth and her daughter’s reaction to changes in her life based on Your call but also how Your relatives responded to You! Because You have told us that You came not to bring peace but a sword (Matthew 10:34-36) , with one relative against another. Your call is radical, it is lifechanging, or at least it should be! And in these times, when we seek to console You and repair for all of those who do not love You, do not hope, and do not adore You (The Angel at Fatima) and we engage in our loving practices of fasting, prayer, daily Mass, Adoration, and making time for the Rosary ,we will be sure to hear from those closest to us that this is all too much, that we are not who we used to be, that we have become zealots! But let us be out of our minds for You Lord- in this world but not of it because we are not for this world but for heaven!

Love is patient Love is kind printed on burned paper

WEEK TWO – FRIDAY – JANUARY 21, 2022 – CALLING THE TWELVE APOSTLES (MK 3:13-19)

Prayer:

O Jesus, help me to respond to your call.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus on the mountain calling his twelve apostles.

Context:

The mountain top symbolizes Jesus’ closeness to the Father and the great importance of this decision. These twelve apostles represent the new twelve tribes of Israel. Both the names of the tribes and the names of the twelve are inscribed in the heavenly Jerusalem (Rev. 21:12 and 14). So, this call is decisive. After Jesus’ decision, these disciples form a new group, called “The Twelve.”

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

            Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him.  

He appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. He appointed the twelve: Simon, whom he named Peter; James, son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James (these he named Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder); Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James, the son of Alphaeus; Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. The mountain symbolizes the importance of this call.  Jesus made his decision in union with the Father.
  2. Jesus wants these Twelve to be his closest companions.
  3. They will have clear tasks, to preach the gospel and to drive out demons.
  4. They are important to the Early Church which carefully recorded their names.
  5. Jesus does not yet send them out.  For now, they must stay with Jesus.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O Jesus, how important is your call upon my life.  From that call comes all your blessings.
  • O Jesus, if I am faithful, you will draw me close.  You will call and say “Come with me.”
  • You want me to be your companion and to extend your Kingdom.
  • You call my name.  What a privilege to hear my name on your lips.
  • Jesus, you will send me out.  After I become your good friend, you will send me to your vineyard.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ Today, I will listen for Jesus’ call.

+ I will offer my life to Jesus. I will step forward and give myself.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

Jesus summoned those whom he decided on.

Free From Harm

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Memorial of Saint Agnes

Free From Harm

My adorable Jesus.” He said, “I am that one. Do you see? The time you spend with Me should not harm your family.” We walked home together in silence. I speak thus because He filled me with His presence. Immersed in Him, I kept adoring Him. (Elizabeth/Jesus) (February 14, 1965)

Today’s Readings: Have mercy on me, O God; have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. In the shadow of your wings I take refuge, till harm pass by. (Psalm 57)

Prayer Meditation- Lord how many times do we find ourselves in situations that we wonder, how did I get here? Arguments, dilemmas, work problems, habits we can’t break. Lord, when we are in these sticky situations it is pretty much guaranteed that we have not prayed first and asked for Your Saving Help. Because without prayer cover, we can be picked off by the enemy like low hanging fruit. Thank You Lord Jesus that even in the midst of our busy duties we can stay in constant conversation with You and remain in the shadow of Your Wings. And when we have wandered off the narrow path, thank You Jesus, for Your Mercy for every fall and stumble along the way. Lord as You told St. Faustina, the cause of our falls is that we rely too much on ourselves and too little on You. But let that not sadden us so much, You told us, because we are dealing with the God of mercy which our misery cannot exhaust! (Divine Mercy in My Soul) Let us throw ourselves on the Throne of Grace with hearts full of sorrow (St. Therese) ready to begin again!

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WEEK TWO – THURSDAY – JANUARY 20, 2022 – TRYING TO TOUCH JESUS (MK 3:7-12)

Prayer:

Draw near, O Lord, so I can touch you in faith.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus surrounded by the crowds who are healed as they touch him.

Context:

In this section, Mark pauses. Jesus tries to get out of the limelight by spending time with his disciples. However, his fame has spread. He must get into the boat because of the overwhelming crowd.

More important is the crowd’s desire to touch Jesus to be healed. Later (5:25), Mark will give a deeper teaching on the need for personal faith.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

            Jesus left with his disciples, but a great crowd from Galilee and Judea followed him.  They came even from Jerusalem and beyond the Jordan.  Many from Tyre and Sidon came because they heard what he had done.

            Jesus asked his disciples to have a fishing boat ready in case he was swarmed by the crowds.  He healed so many that all who had illnesses pressed upon him so they could touch him.

When unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.”  He strictly commanded them not to make him known.

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. Jesus does not exalt himself.  He avoids the limelight and enjoys being hidden with his disciples.
  2. However, the people recognize his powers and they seek him out in great numbers.
  3. The need for the boat shows the size and enthusiasm of the crowds.
  4. Their faith is rewarded by miracles and casting out of demons.
  5. These demons have superb intellects.  They know Jesus’ identity. However, they are subject to his power.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O Jesus, you are truly meek and humble of heart.
  • I recognize your great powers, and I come to you in faith.
  • Nothing will hold me back.  I will press in.  I will touch you by faith.
  • O Jesus, let your power go forth into my feelings, my desires, my body and my soul.
  • Cast out all my demons of anxieties, depression, and self-hatred.
  •  By your power, make my inner voices be silent.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ Today, I will bring my greatest problem to Jesus.

+ I will use Jesus’ name to take power over my inner anxieties.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

All who had illnesses pressed in to be healed.

Tears In A Flask

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Thursday of the Second Week of Ordinary Time

Tears in a Flask

I broke forth in tears. This increased my sorrow for sins. Who would not cry in the presence of such goodness and kindness? (Elizabeth) (September 1,1963)

Today’s Readings: My wanderings you have counted;
my tears are stored in your flask;
are they not recorded in your book?
Then do my enemies turn back,
when I call upon you. (Psalm 56)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, so many tears we shed! Sorrow for sin, sadness over circumstances, worries and fears, we can hold it in so long that sometimes it can feel like such a relief when the tears come. We can wander so far but we can hold on to hope because every tear is stored in a flask! You have never left our sides- Lord help us praise You in whatever storms we are in because Your goodness and kindness are endless and Your mercy reaches to the skies. (Psalm 36).

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WEEK TWO – WEDNESDAY – JANUARY 19, 2022 – THE MAN WITH THE WITHERED HAND (Mk 3:1-6)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit. Give me faith in Jesus’ powers.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus healing the man with the withered hand.

Context:

For a while, Jesus continues his ministry within the synagogue. Unfortunately, this great healing of a withered hand is overshadowed by a controversy. This leads to the pronouncement that “doing good” and “saving life” is more important than Sabbath laws.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

            Jesus again entered the synagogue and there was a man with a withered hand.  His enemies watched him to see if Jesus would heal on the Sabbath, so they might accuse him.

            Jesus said to the man with the withered hand, “Stand up here.”  Then he said to his enemies, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil? To save life or to destroy it?”  They did not respond.

            Looking at them, he was filled with anger.  He grieved because of the blindness of their hearts.  He said to the man, “Stretch forth your hand.”  As he stretched it forth, the hand was restored. His enemies went out and consulted with others how they might destroy him.

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. Time and again, Jesus returns to the synagogue, so it would receive the new powers of the Kingdom.
  2. Jesus did many healings on the Sabbath because that was when the people gathered in the synagogue.
  3. Some reject his powers. They do not understand the greatness of his gift or the importance of his invitation.
  4. Fortunately, this man does believe.  He stands up and stretches out his hand.  By Jesus’ power, he becomes a living sign of the Kingdom.
  5. Jesus’ enemies still resist.  This healing only hardens their hearts. Even miracles will not change them.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • Come to my synagogue Jesus.  Restore my life!  Pour out your blessings.
  • O Jesus, I need your powers and I need your Kingdom.
  • Jesus, turn your eyes to my afflictions.  Let me hear you say “Stand up here.”
  • Jesus, I will stretch out the withered hand of my emotional needs, my sinful tendencies and my ruined life.  You will make me whole.
  • I will be a sign to others.  By my changed life, I will be your witness.
  • Jesus, do not let me harden my heart to your invitations.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ I will always trust that Jesus will come, will enter my heart, and will heal me.

+ I will not allow my critics to sway my decisions.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

As he stretched forth the hand, it was healed.

Bringing Stones To A Sword Fight

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Bringing Stones To a Sword Fight

“If there were no battle, what would then give value to things? Always try to go higher.” (Jesus) (June 19, 1964)

Today’s Readings: All this multitude, too, shall learn that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves. For the battle is the LORD’s and he shall deliver you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, we face many battles every day, we can have many giants in the way, obstacles and problems that seem insurmountable. Every day is a fight but how easily we forget that if we are in You, the battle is not ours but Yours and You will deliver us as You train our hands for war (Psalm 144). Lord each us of can pick up five smooth stones, we have been given every spiritual blessing under heaven (Ephesians 1:3). These stones are prayer, Mass, confession, fasting, and reading The Bible, because, Lord our battles are Yours and You will fight for us if only we be still (Exodus 14:14)

WEEK TWO – TUESDAY – JANUARY 18, 2022 – EATING GRAIN ON THE SABBATH (MK 2:23-28)

Prayer:

O Jesus, be the Lord of my life.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with his disciples in the grain fields.

Context:

This controversy is not about picking off heads of grain (which was an accepted practice), but about picking them on the Sabbath. This controversy allows Jesus to pronounce that persons are more important than the law. Jesus goes further and proclaims that he is Lord even of the Sabbath (a divine attribute).

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

            As Jesus and his disciples walked through a field of grain on the Sabbath, his disciples began to pull off the heads of grain.  The Pharisees said to Jesus, “Why do they do what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

            Jesus answered, “Have you not read what David did when he and his men were hungry?  He went to the house of God under Abiathar, the high priest, and ate the holy bread which only the priests were allowed to eat?”

            Jesus said to them, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.  The Son of Man is lord, even of the sabbath.”

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. The disciples are enjoying the new freedoms in Jesus’ Kingdom.
  2. The Pharisees are still outside the Kingdom, still judging by Old Testament standards.
  3. Jesus points to David’s freedom in using the sacred loaves. This prophetic action foreshadows the new Kingdom.
  4. Jesus makes his pronouncement.  Man is the first object of God’s love.  Everything in Jesus’ Kingdom is meant to bless man.
  5. Claiming that he is Lord of the Sabbath, Jesus reveals the great mystery.  He is God and shares the Father’s authority.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • O Jesus, lead me into your new freedom.  I will be an example to others.
  • Free me from narrow-mindedness.  Open me to your thoughts.
  • Feed me the new Bread of Life.  Give me to drink of your Blood.  These are the food of eternal life.
  • O Father, you made the whole world for me.  I am the object of your infinite love.
  • Jesus, you are God.  You are Lord of the sabbath.  You are my king. Everyone else is an imposter.

Resolution: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ Everywhere, I will seek my new freedom in Christ.

+ I will make Jesus my Lord fully serving his interests.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

The Son of Man is Lord, even of the sabbath.

Heart To Heart

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Tuesday of the Second Week In Ordinary Time

Heart to Heart

“What I am saying now is for you and all mothers who work according to My Heart. Your work is not of less value than that of persons raised to the highest priestly dignity. (Jesus) (February 29, 1964)

Today’s Readings: Not as man sees does God see, because he sees the appearance but the LORD looks into the heart.”(1 Samuel 16)

Prayer Meditation- O Lord I thank You that You do not see how we see but You see our hearts. How quick are we to judge by appearance- but You see deep down into the core of who we are! You know our thoughts, when we sit and when we rise (Psalm 139). Lord You see us even though we may not seem important in the eyes of the world- we are mothers, fathers, grandparents, volunteers, the disabled and the elderly, people just trying to make ends meet. In all of it if we are faithful we can rest assured that we work according to Your Heart (Colossians 3) and that it is in our littleness that we will inherit the Kingdom of God (Luke 18:16).

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WEEK TWO – MONDAY – JANUARY 17, 2022 – SOME SURPRISE PRONOUNCEMENTS (MK 2:18-22)

Prayer:

O Holy Spirit, make me a new creation.

Imagination:

Imagine Jesus with the disciples and the Pharisees.

Context:

Jesus uses two images of cloth and wineskins to show that his Kingdom demands a totally new way of acting and thinking. Nobody sews new cloth on old garments or pours new wine into old wineskins.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

            The disciples of John and of the Pharisees came to ask, “Why do we fast but your disciples do not fast?”

            Jesus answered, “How can the guests at a wedding banquet fast when the bridegroom is still with them?” As long as he is there, they cannot fast.  But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them.  Then, they will fast.

            No one sews a piece of new cloth on an old garment because the new will pull away from the old, and the tear will get worse. 

            No one puts new wine into old wineskins.  The wine will burst the skins and the wine will spill and the wineskins will be ruined.  New wine must be put into new skins.”

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. Jesus does not allow his disciples to fast. His Kingdom is new and contains greater blessings.
  2. He reveals an astonishing mystery.  He is the bridegroom, the presence of God in their midst.
  3. The Bridegroom’s presence precludes all fasting at his wedding.
  4. Both images (new cloth and new wine) carry the same message. Jesus is God’s new presence and the former response to God is inadequate.  Jesus’ Kingdom bursts these limited ideas.
  5. To be faithful to the Bridegroom, the disciples must seek the new wine of the Holy Spirit.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • Jesus, my faith is too small to receive you.
  • You are such a gift.  Why do I not rejoice always?
  • You are the bridegroom, God in our midst.  To you is all honor and glory.
  • When you are present, I rejoice.  Sorrow is cast out.  Joy abounds.
  • I will find new cloth, greater faith that can hold your blessings.
  • Jesus, pour out the new wine of your Spirit.

Resolution: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ I will ask, “What must I do to receive Jesus’ gifts.”

+ I will make Jesus my bridegroom. He wants to have everything.

+ I will ask for greater faith so I gain every gift of God.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your Meditation.)

How can the guests fast when the bridegroom is still with them?