Week Thirty-Four – Friday, November 25, 2022

The Events Are Near (Lk 21:29-33)

Prayer:

O Jesus, help me to act now. So much is about to happen.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching his disciples.

Context:

Jesus has just predicted the fall of Jerusalem and declared that, at a given moment, he will come on clouds of glory. Because people think that this cosmic event is far off, they push the warning aside. So, Jesus must add this image of the fig tree which says that summer is near.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus told his disciples a parable, “Look at the fig tree and all the other trees. When you see them sending forth their shoots, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things happen, know that the Kingdom of God is at hand. Amen I say to you, the present generation will not pass away until all these things take place. The heavens and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

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

  1. Jesus knows that delay wears down his disciples. His words lose their effectiveness.
  2. The fig tree is a perfect example. In winter, no tree looks more dead. Yet, so quickly, it comes alive, surprising everyone.
  3. No one needs special knowledge. When trees blossom, everyone knows that summer is close.
  4. Jesus has an important conclusion. When persecution comes and when the Kingdom seems to have lost its power, that is the moment of closeness.
  5. The Kingdom is always near. God’s reign is always at hand. Suddenly and surprisingly, the moment of Jesus’ presence comes upon those gathered in faith.
  6. Someday the whole world will disappear but Jesus’ words will never lose their power.

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

  • O Jesus, when I grow tired, weary and discouraged, give me new life.
  • Let your Spirit breathe upon me and his fire leap up.
  • You are always coming to me. Your Kingdom is always at hand. 
  • Just when I am losing life, you surprise me. Your Spirit suddenly stirs within.
  • You whisper to me, “I am never far away. I am always near.”
  • You are my hope. You will never pass away. Never fail me. Never abandon me.

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

+  I will live in great hope today that the Kingdom is at hand.

+  I will recall my favorite words of Jesus.

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

Know that the Kingdom of God is at hand.

The Kingdom Of God Is Near

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Friday of the Thirty Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

The Kingdom of God Is Near

Wherever you go, let it be felt that you partake every day in the heavenly banquet. Desire that everyone have this same yearning. Let the coming of My Kingdom be the only object of prime importance in your life. (August 16, 1962)

Today’s Readings: Jesus told his disciples a parable.
“Consider the fig tree and all the other trees.
When their buds burst open,
you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near;
in the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that the Kingdom of God is near. (Luke 21)

Prayer Meditation- Lord the Kingdom is here now but not yet. Because Your Kingdom has not come in its fullness as it will at the end of time. And yet You told us that the Kingdom of God is within us (Luke 17:21). And do we live like we are already in the Kingdom? Is it apparent wherever we go that we partake in the heavenly banquet of the Mass? Do we live Spirit filled lives? Let the coming of the Kingdom right now in our hearts as well as when it comes on Earth as it is in Heaven be our purpose and may we desire that everyone has the same yearning for the God who yearns for us!

Week Thirty-Four – Thursday, November 24, 2022

The Jerusalem Destruction (Lk 21:20-28)

Prayer: 

O Jesus, be with us in times of disasters.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus explaining to his disciples the fall of Jerusalem.

Context:

Jesus prophesied that the Romans would destroy Jerusalem, which they did in 70 A.D. Luke wrote his gospel fifteen years after this destruction. However, these words were very important to the earlier believers. They heeded Jesus’ advice to “flee to the mountains” and were saved from death.  

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said to his disciples, “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by an army, then know that the desolation is near. Those in Judea should flee to the mountains. Those in the middle of the city must escape. Those in the country must not return. These are the days of vengeance when all that is written will be fulfilled.

Woe to the women who are with child or are nursing at the breast. There will be great distress in the land and great wrath upon the people. People will fall beneath the sword and they will be led captive to the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles, until the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled.

There will be signs in the sun, the moon and the stars. On the earth, nature will be in anguish due to the roaring of the waves and the sea. Men will die of fear in anticipation of what is coming upon the earth, for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Then, men will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud, with great power and majesty. When these things begin to happen, look up. Lift up your heads because your redemption is near at hand.”

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

  1. What powerful verses and gigantic prophecies! Jesus prophesies of two different events, the Roman destruction of Jerusalem and his Second Coming at the end of the world.
  2. The believers could escape Jerusalem if they knew, believed and acted on Jesus’ words.  Thousands did just that.
  3. Jesus’ words were totally fulfilled. People either died by the sword or were taken into captivity. Only the believers were saved.
  4. The Second Coming is different. No one can escape. However, those without Jesus will die of fright.
  5. Those with Jesus will rejoice.  
  6. They will see Jesus coming, the One whom they preached and suffered for.

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

  • O Jesus, how important are your words. Place them in my heart.
  • O Jesus, save me from the disasters and catastrophes. Otherwise, I will be overwhelmed.
  • Jesus, without you I would die by the sword of afflictions.
  • Some day soon, you will come for me.
  • Come, Lord Jesus. I will lift up my head and welcome you.
  • For you I live. For you I will toil until you come.

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

+  In all my difficulties, I will listen for Jesus’ advice.

+  Each day, I will prepare for the moment of my death.

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

Lift up your heads. Your redemption is near at hand.

Fashioned According To His Will

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Thanksgiving Day

Fashioned According to His Will

He told me to live a life pleasing to God and that His Will will become clear for me. With this advice, peace returned to my soul and I experienced a day of great joy. (Elizabeth) (January 18-19 1963)

Today’s Readings: And now, bless the God of all,
who has done wondrous things on earth;
Who fosters people’s growth from their mother’s womb,
and fashions them according to his will!
(Sirach 50)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, today we come to You with thanksgiving! With gratitude in our hearts, we thank You most of all for being a God who cares for us and fosters our growth from our mother’s womb and fashions us, if we cooperate, according to Your Will. To live a life pleasing to God with peace and joy we must first of all be grateful for all that You have given us. Let us count our blessings not only today but every day and surrender each day with gratitude to Your Holy Will which is Love and Mercy itself!

Week Thirty-Four – Wednesday, November 23, 2022

The Trials of a Disciple (Lk 21:12-19)

Prayer:

O Jesus, help me in the moments of my trials.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus explaining to the disciples their future difficulties.

Context:

After discussing all the wars and famines and earthquakes that will occur, Jesus turns to two other difficulties. The disciples will find themselves hauled into court. Also, their family and friends will turn on them. Only patient endurance will win the victory.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said to his disciples, “Before all these things happen, they will lay hands on you. They will persecute you, bringing you to synagogues and prisons, dragging you before kings and governors for my name’s sake. You will be brought there so you can give witness.

Do not think ahead of time what you are to say for I will give you words and a wisdom which your adversaries cannot resist or refute.

You will be betrayed by your parents and your brothers, relatives and friends. Some of you will be put to death and you shall be hated by all for my name’s sake. By patient endurance you shall save your lives.”

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

  1. The problems will begin when the disciples witness to Jesus.  
  2. The synagogue will reject them and this will lead to prison. 
  3. They will be brought before the highest authorities – governors and kings.
  4. These arrests serve God’s purpose. The disciples will speak of Jesus to all who attend their trial.
  5. Jesus, himself, promises to be there, prompting them what to say.
  6. Even family members will not want the disciple to join this new Jesus Movement.
  7. The consequence will be dire. Some will die. Jesus will not miraculously save them.
  8. By dying, they will “save their life,” their eternal life that really matters.

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

  • Jesus, to be persecuted for you is my greatest privilege.
  • I will not be silent. I will speak about your name.
  • Many need to hear the gospel. At least, some will listen.
  • Kings and governors have limited power. You, Jesus, and your disciples hold all authority.
  • You will be there. You will give me the words. You will be my lawyer.
  • No one will intimidate me or change my decision. You are my king and my governor.
  • Jesus, give me patient endurance.

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

+  I will ask for the gift of Fortitude.

+  I will not let hatred and anger of others to silence me.

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

By patient endurance, you will save your lives.

Great And Wonderful!

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Wednesday of the Thirty Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Great and Wonderful


With His enlightened words, He poured out the wonderful grace of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Power, and the wonderful light of the Holy Spirit enlightened my soul. (Elizabeth) (March 24, 1963)


Today’s Readings: “Great and wonderful are your works, Lord God almighty. (Revelation 15)


Prayer Meditation- Lord as we come to the end of the liturgical year and meditate in the daily readings on when You will come back in glory let us take this time just to praise You Lord for all of the graces that You continue to pour out on us! No matter what circumstances we may be in we know that Your works are great and wonderful- may the light of Your Holy Spirit enlighten our hearts, minds, and souls today! Let us sing to You a new song each day in thanksgiving and in praise!

Week Thirty-Four – Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Not Yet the End (Lk 21:5-11)

Prayer:

O Jesus, let me persevere until the end.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching his disciples.

Context:

In teaching about his Second Coming, Jesus keeps putting it off, always speaking of events that must happen first. The “coming” is always “later.” He stresses perseverance so the disciple does not think that the road is short.          

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Some were speaking about the temple, which was adorned with precious stones and offerings.  Jesus said, “These things which you see. The days will come when one stone will not be left upon another. All will be torn down. They asked him, “Master, when will this be?” and “What shall be the sign that it is going to happen?”

He said, “Be careful not to be led astray. Many will come in my name, saying, “I am he” and “the time is at hand” but do not follow them. When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be disturbed. These things must first happen but the end is not yet. Nations shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There shall be earthquakes, plagues and famines in various places. Even in the sky, there will be portents and signs.”

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

  1. Nothing seemed more lasting than the newly built temple.
  2. Forth years after Jesus died, the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the temple (just as Jesus predicted).
  3. In asking for a sign, the disciples are misguided. Jesus’ word is the daily guide.
  4. Jesus lists so many happenings (wars, earthquakes, plagues and famines). Yet, none is a sign.
  5. Jesus wants the disciples to stay on his path (even if there are cosmic events).
  6. They have his true teaching. They must just be good disciples.

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

  • Jesus, nothing remains. Only you are eternal.
  • I need no sign, only your presence guiding me.
  • Your teaching is in my heart. I will cling to that.
  • I know you will come for me. I await you in faith.
  • O Jesus, what a world! We live with wars and famines and earthquakes!  Stay with me!
  • Help me to stay on your path, Jesus. The end is not near. I have many miles to go.

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

+  I will use Jesus’ words to guide my day.

+  I will detach myself from material possessions by little sacrifices.

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

These things will happen but the end will not follow immediately.

All Things Are Passing

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Memorial of Saint Cecilia

All Things Are Passing

Jesus: “You know, do you not, that I invited you to My private war camp? Do not be attracted by the passing comfort of this world. The coming of My Kingdom must be your only purpose in life. My words will reach a multitude of souls consecrated to Me. Trust! My grace will be with you and I will help all of you in a miraculous way.” (August 8, 1962)

Today’s Readings: While some people were speaking about
how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings,
Jesus said, “All that you see here–
the days will come when there will not be left
a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.” (Luke 21)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, we have come to understand that nothing is permanent and all things are passing. We will not always be able to count on the things we thought were so solid in this world. And yet Lord, we know that we can count on Your Kingdom which will come on Earth as it is in Heaven and that even now reigns in our hearts. So let us not be worried about the passing comforts of this world but dedicate ourselves in trust to Your Grace and Mercy which will never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8)  no matter how uncertain life may seem.

Week Thirty-Four – Monday, November 21, 2022

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Widow’s Mite (Lk 21:1-4)

Prayer:

O Jesus, to you I give all I have.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus in the temple with his disciples.

Context:

This gospel joins two different people, linked by the word widow.  The scribes want everyone to see their goodness while secretly they steal widow’s money. The widow, on the contrary, gives her money in secret. She is the saving hope of Israel.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Looking up, Jesus saw rich men putting their gifts into the treasury. He also saw a poor widow putting in two coins. He said, “Truly, I tell you that this widow has put in more than all the others. The others have given from their abundance but she has given all that she had to live on.”

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

  1. Jesus sees deeper than the surface actions.
  2. He knows what happens in each one’s heart.
  3. The rich give from abundance. Their hearts are still attached to their wealth.
  4. The widow is different. She is attached only to God. She empties herself, and trusts in God.
  5. She is an image of Jesus. In a few days, he will lay down his life for the world.

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

  • Jesus, do not let my heart grow hardened. 
  • Do not allow money to rob me of your Kingdom.
  • Remove my hypocrisy. Purify my inmost desires.
  • Give me an inner truth, always loyal and generous to you.
  • Detach me from my wealth. Let me not cling to my possessions. Empty me.
  • I give you everything. Nothing will come between us.

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

+  I will examine my use of money.

+  I will be totally honest and sincere in all my financial dealings.

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

She has given from her need. All she had to live on.

Sing and Rejoice O Daughter Zion

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Memorial of The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sing and Rejoice O Daughter Zion

Human words cannot express what I have prepared for all of you. I await your arrival with a rich gift. My Heart will rejoice at your arrival. (Jesus) (October 4, 1962)

Today’s Readings: Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!
See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.
Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,
and they shall be his people,
and he will dwell among you,
and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. (Zechariah 2)

Prayer Meditation- Today we celebrate the presentation of Our Lady in the Temple! Our Lady by tradition lived in the Temple from the age of three years old and she entered the Temple with joy united to Your Holy and Divine Will! Our Lady can indeed sing and rejoice because with Her prayers in the Temple she yearned and longed for the coming Messiah, having no idea She would be the Mother of God! And with Our Blessed Mother we can long and pray for the coming of Your Kingdom through the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Let us present ourselves today to You in prayer and thanksgiving because human words cannot express what You have prepared for those who love You! (1 Corinthians 2:9)

Week Thirty-Four – Sunday – C – November 20, 2022

Christ The King

The Good Thief (Lk 23:35-43)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit. Teach me to ask for heaven.

Imagination: 

Picture Jesus crucified with two thieves.

Context:

Luke portrays this special moment of faith. A thief looks at the crucified Jesus and sees a king.  He even believes he has a kingdom. Jesus rewards his faith. “Today” means “before the sun sets.” Originally, “paradise” meant a walled garden for exclusive use of the owner. Now, it is used for heaven.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

One of the crucified thieves blasphemed Jesus, saying “If you are the Christ, save yourself and us.”  The other thief rebuked him.  “Do you not fear God, for you are under the same condemnation? We suffer justly and receive the due reward for our deeds, but this man has done no evil.”

Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus said to him, “Amen, I say to you, this day you shall be with me in paradise.”

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

  1. The good thief sees the situation clearly. He is guilty. Jesus is innocent.
  2. This humility leads to faith. He believes that Jesus is the king.
  3. His faith leads to hope. If Jesus is a king, then he must have a kingdom.
  4. Hope leads to a request, “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
  5. A request leads to eternal salvation. This very day, he will be with Jesus in the kingdom.
  6. The good thief offers hope to everyone. The doors of Jesus’ kingdom remain open until the very last moment!

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

  • O Jesus, you are the innocent lamb sacrificed for my sins.
  • O Jesus, you were born for me. You died for me.  
  • You are a king and you have a kingdom.
  • Fill my soul with hope.
  • It is not too late. All my sins can be forgiven.
  • Remember me, Jesus. Just remember me. That is enough.
  • O Jesus, speak those words on my deathbed, “Today you will be with me.”

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

  1. This day, I will pray often, “Lord, remember me.”
  2. I will acknowledge my sins and seek forgiveness in the sacrament of confession.

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

This day you shall be with me in paradise.

Coming Of The Kingdom

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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Coming of the Kingdom

“Each night, My little one, ask yourself what you have done for the coming of My Kingdom. Never be content with yourself. There is no room on earth for self-satisfaction. (Jesus) (August 28, 1962)

Today’s Readings: Then he said,
“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
He replied to him,
“Amen, I say to you,
today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, today we honor You in this beautiful and Holy Solemnity as Christ the King. But Lord, You came not as an earthly King in power and might but as our humble suffering servant who laid down Your Life for us that we would also be in Your Kingdom. Your Kingdom is meant to reign in all hearts! Yet we know that at this time in our world that You do not in so many. There are many “good thieves” out there that with just a little bit of good will are ready to open their hearts to Your Lordship. Lord, let us ask ourselves, what are we doing to bring Your Kingdom into all hearts- even if we think we are doing a lot, we are just unprofitable servants! Let us never be content with ourselves but let us each day ask ourselves what are we doing to bring Your Kingdom here right here right now in our own hearts and in the hearts of others. Let us surrender to You any territory in our hearts where You are not yet reigning- Thy Will be done, Thy Kingdom come- Fiat!

Week Thirty-Three – Saturday, November 19, 2022

Living Like Angels (Lk 20:27-40)

Prayer:

O Lord, fill me with strong desires to live like the angels.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus in confrontation with the Sadducees.

Context:

The Sadducees (unlike the Pharisees) did not believe in the immortality of the soul nor the resurrection of the dead. They bring to Jesus what seems to us like a foolish problem. A woman marries seven times, (after each previous husband dies). They want to know whose wife she will be in heaven. Jesus refutes their argument.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Some Sadducees confronted Jesus (the ones who do not believe in the resurrection).  “If a woman married seven brothers, whose wife will she be at the resurrection?” Jesus said to them, “The children of this world marry and are given on marriage, but those judged worthy of a place in the age to come and of the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.  Nor can they die anymore because they are like the angels and are the children of God, sons of the resurrection. Moses in the passage about the bush showed that the dead rise again when he called the Lord, the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. God is not the God of the dead but of the living. All are alive for him.”

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

  1. The Sadducees could not conceive of a different existence. They did not realize that God brings about the glorified, risen body.
  2. Marriage is of earth. A person has a partner and brings forth children.
  3. In heaven, Jesus is the Bridegroom and all are united in him.
  4. The risen body cannot die. It enjoys the privileges of angels.
  5. This gift comes to “all judged worthy of the age to come.” This is the Kingdom which Jesus preaches.
  6. The person is totally changed into a son of the resurrection and a son of God.
  7. Certainly, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob have gained this status, as will all who believe in Jesus.

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

  • Jesus, someday I hope to have a glorified, risen body, just like yours. This is your gift.
  • In heaven, my heart will be united with you and with others. We will be one.
  • I will no longer suffer or die. I will live forever, with you, Jesus.
  • Help me, Lord to be judged worthy of this “age to come.”
  • Change me, Jesus. I will be a son of glory and a son of the eternal Father.
  • Give me life in abundance. Let me not fail you.

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

+  Today, I will think often of my heavenly home.

+  I will think of what steps I can take to be found worthy.

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

They cannot die because they live like the angels.

This Is How I Fight My Battles

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Saturday of the Thirty Third Week of Ordinary Time

This Is How I Fight My Battles

I see your perseverance and I am rewarding you in advance for that. Just so you not be distressed, I will mention a little detail which pleases me and is for your merit. Many people in your neighborhood have known you for years. You have fought your great battles before their eyes. Many admire you and even your enemies speak of you with respect. I am pleased to hear that. A mother is pleased to hear one of her children is recognized as being good. And you are my daughter, twice over. (Mary) (November 19, 1962)

Today’s Readings: Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war. (Psalm 144)

Prayer Meditation: Lord why is it that everyday is just a battle! Life on earth is just a battlefield. Every day it is always something- family difficulties, work problems, financial concerns, illness, and just feeling down and discouraged if we take it all in without Your Help. And we wonder where You are!  But Lord You promise us in today’s Psalm that You train our hands for battle, our fingers for war! And You see us, fighting our great battles even if nobody else sees. Lord, there is a song called Surrounded by Michael W. Smith which goes like this over and over-  this is how I fight my battles!  And the song starts with Isaiah 61:3- that we are to put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. So let us praise You in all circumstances and pick up our weapons, The Holy Rosary because our fingers are indeed trained for war when we unite ourselves with You and the Blessed Mother! Because the battle belongs to You! (1 Samuel 17:47)

Week Thirty-Three – Friday, November 18, 2022

A Cleansed But Unrepentant Temple (Lk 19:45-48)

Prayer:

O Jesus, make me your purified disciple.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus cleansing the Temple.

Context:

In all four gospels, Jesus cleanses the temple. (Therefore, it is a very important event.) Luke, in his gentle manner, omits many details known from the other gospels. He focuses on Jesus’ continued teaching and the leaders’ desires to kill him.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

When Jesus entered the temple, he began to cast out the sellers, and the buyers saying, “It is written ‘My house is a house of prayer but you have made it a den of thieves.’”

He was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the rulers of the people sought to destroy him but they had no idea of how to achieve it because all the people were listening to him, attentive to every word.

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

  1. Luke venerates the temple. He alone tells the Temple stories of Jesus’ parents presenting Jesus (at 40 days) and finding Jesus (at 12 years).
  2. He omits all the details of the buying and selling, merely mentioning “sellers and buyers.”
  3. Luke’s focus is always prayer. Jesus calls the temple “a house of prayer.” 
  4. Man has changed God’s temple into a “den of thieves.”
  5. Jesus sanctifies the temple. Now, he can teach without distraction.
  6. Jesus has attacked the Temple’s financial interests. This is the final straw. He must be destroyed.
  7. The people are purified. They are free to listen and cling to his words, attentive to all his teachings. 
  8. After the resurrection, the apostles will call them to repent.

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

  • O Jesus, your body is the new temple. Your mystical body, the Church, is where you dwell.
  • Cleanse me, Jesus. Purify me.
  • Do not let me steal your glory and honor.
  • Make my soul a “house of prayer” in which I proclaim you as Lord.
  • If you purge me, sinful powers will not control me.
  • Jesus, teach me and I will be attentive to your words.

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

+  I will try to find a Church so I can pray.

+  I will ask Jesus to purge my sinful desires.

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

All the people were listening to him, attentive to his word.

Hanging On His Words

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Friday of the Thirty Third Week of Ordinary Time

Hanging on His Word


“If I see your confidence, I am obliged to you, and you can have anything from Me. I do not restrain Myself. I stay right before you with the love of My Heart to make you happy.” (Jesus) (August 6, 1963)


Today’s Readings: How sweet to my palate are your promises, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119)


Prayer Meditation- Lord, we stand on Your Promises, the Promises that are in Your Word! Each day Lord, rather than give in to feelings, anxiety, worries and even despair- let us pick up Your Word and say Your Promises out loud! Let us with confidence and trust hang on Your Every Word because You have promised that You will never leave or forsake us! (Matthew 28:20). Let us hang onto to Your Words (Luke 19:48) as they did in Today’s Gospel!

Week Thirty-Three – Thursday, November 17, 2022

Jesus’ Lament Over Jerusalem (Lk 19:41-44)

Prayer:

O Jesus, let me know the time of your visitation.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus weeping over Jerusalem.

Context:

As Jesus comes close to Jerusalem, he suddenly stops and weeps. He knows the future destruction of this city and describes it clearly. He pinpoints the cause of the failure. They did not recognize the importance of his coming.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

As Jesus drew near, he saw the city and wept over it saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days are coming when your enemies will raise a wall around you and hem you in on all sides. They will smash you to the ground and will kill your children within you, not leaving one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

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

  1. Jesus foresees perfectly the future destruction of Jerusalem.
  2. In 70 A.D. the Romans totally destroyed Jerusalem, killing all the children and not leaving “stone upon stone.”
  3. Having enemies on every side, Jerusalem should have depended upon God for its safety.
  4. Instead, Jerusalem kills Jesus and loses their only opportunity for peace.
  5. They do not see the “time of his visitation.”
  6. So Jesus weeps, unable to save his beloved city.

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

  • O Jesus, how many times you have cried over me.
  • You see my entire future.
  • Save me from the destructive forces within me and around me.
  • Speak to me so I find the path of peace.
  • Let me know the time of your visitation. I will await you.

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

+  I will be ready when Jesus visits me today.

+  I will open my eyes to the destructive forces in my life.

+  I will say often, “Come, Lord Jesus.”

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

You did not know the time of your visitation.

Don’t Miss the Time of Your Visitation

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Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

Don’t Miss the Time of Your Visitation

You can now recognize that I gave you peace not because the absolution was truly valid, but rather through a command of your confessor. If you had not accepted this command, your soul would have been shipwrecked once and for all.” (Jesus) (July 17, 1965)

Today’s Readings:

For the days are coming upon you
when your enemies will raise a palisade against you;
they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides.
They will smash you to the ground and your children within you,
and they will not leave one stone upon another within you
because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.” (Luke 19)

Prayer Meditation- O Lord, Your Love is here, Your Love is now! We have only today to love and worship You! To trust and obey! To listen to Your Voice through Your Word and through Your Sacraments including through our confessors. O Lord let us not miss the time of our visitation- protect us from all of our enemies including our own selves that would hem us in and encircle us and would put a wall between our souls and Your Grace!

Week Thirty-Three – Wednesday, November 16, 2022

The Servants Entrusted With Money (Lk 19:11-28)

Prayer: 

O Jesus, make me your faithful servant to whom you can entrust your blessings.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching his disciples.

Context

Jesus tells this parable to the disciples because they falsely believe that the reign of God is about to appear. The parable stresses the personal initiative of the disciple before Jesus returns in glory.  These intervening years are not for laziness but for diligence in gaining new believers.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

As they neared Jerusalem, Jesus told the disciples a parable because they thought the reign of God was about to appear.

A man going to become king in a distant country called in ten servants, gave them money and said, “Invest this until I return.” When he returned, he sent for his servants. The first said, “Lord, your money has earned another ten.” “Good,” he said, “Since you were faithful in a small matter, I place you over ten villages.” The second said, “Your investment has gained five more.” He said, “Take over five villages.”

The third said, “Here is your money. I had it for safekeeping. I was afraid because you are a hard man. You withdraw what you never deposit and reap what you never plant.” The king said, “You are worthless. Why did you not at least get interest on the money?” To others, he said, “Take what he has and give it to the man with ten. For, whoever has will receive more. Whoever has less will lose the little that he has.” Jesus then continued his ascent to Jerusalem.

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

  1. The disciples have the wrong idea. They will not see Jesus’ Kingdom in Jerusalem.
  2. Many years of hard work lie ahead.
  3. Although delayed, the day of accounting is inevitable.
  4. The diligent servants prepare for that day by working hard
  5. The third servant is lazy and has a false impression of the king.
  6. He loses everything, like a disciple who does not value the kingdom.
  7. Jesus continues to Jerusalem. He must fulfill his mission.

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

  • O Jesus, I still have so far to go!
  • Walk with me and I will persevere.
  • Someday you will come for me. I will await you.
  • Remove all my discouragement.
  • O Jesus, your rewards are so great, more than I can receive.
  • I will go with you, all the way to Jerusalem.

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

+  I will ask for perseverance.

+  I will think of Jesus’ great rewards.

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

And Jesus continued up to Jerusalem.

Faithful In Small Things

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Wednesday of the Thirty Third Week of Ordinary Time

Thirty Third Wednesday of Ordinary Time

Faithful In Small Things

You are a small instrument, just like the little match that you hold in your hand. Do not be surprised by what I tell you. With one strike of the match, I will enkindle in millions of souls the Flame of Love of My Mother.” (Jesus) (January 16, 1966)

Today’s Readings: The first came forward and said,
‘Sir, your gold coin has earned ten additional ones.’
He replied, ‘Well done, good servant!
You have been faithful in this very small matter;
take charge of ten cities.’ (Luke 19)

Prayer Meditation- O Lord, we are the smallest of Your instruments and yet if we are faithful and trustworthy You will grow Your Kingdom through us! Let us not bury our talents in the ground but let us leave nothing on the table as we use the gifts You have given us for Your Glory! Let us be the little match knowing that we have no talents that do not come from You to enkindle the fire of Your Flame of Love in millions of souls! All we have to do is be faithful, one “yes” to Your Will at a time.