of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Author: <span>Flame of Love</span>

Author: Flame of Love

SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2024

THE LITTLE CHILDREN (MK 10:13-16)

Prayer:

O Jesus, I will accept your Kingdom like a little child.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus surrounded by children and the disciples.

Context:

Right after Jesus’ teaching on the permanence of marriage, Mark places this story of children (the fruit of marriage).  Earlier, Jesus spoke of not scandalizing the little ones.  Now, he sees the disciples “hindering” them from coming close. (Possibly a Baptismal question in Mark’s Church).  Jesus’ anger shows that only he decides who are worthy of the Kingdom.  No one else must judge.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. The people see Jesus’ blessings and want these for their children.
  2. The disciples are misled.  They miss the point.  They are limiting the Kingdom.
  3. Jesus wants all to enter the Kingdom. This is his constant concern.
  4. He speaks from his heart, “Let the little children come to me”.  This is your invitation.  Jesus is speaking to you.
  5. Set aside your adult sophistication.  You need a heavenly Father, just like everyone else.
  6. Go to Jesus.  He will embrace you (with arms stretched out on a cross) and you will be blessed as never before.

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

  • O Jesus, your blessings flow freely. They are so easily received.
  • O Lord, let nothing hinder me. Sweep away all obstacles that stand between you and me.
  • I hear you speak.  You say “Let them come”.  You are like a king who wants his people to enter his courts.
  • O Jesus, I need you. I need your presence.  I need your help.
  • Take me in your arms.  Your hands are wounded and your arms are bloody – all for love of me.

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

+Today, I will hear Jesus say “Let them come.”

+ I will examine the obstacles that keep me from Jesus.

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

FRIDAY – MAY 24, 2024

LET NO MAN SEPARATE (MK 10:1-12)

Prayer:

O Jesus, you have come to restore creation as it was in the beginning.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus explaining his ideals to his disciples.

Context:

Jesus believes that through the power of the Kingdom of God, all creation can be restored to God’s original plan.  His critics cite Moses’ teaching about a decree of divorce, (an attempt to give some ordering to moral decay).  Jesus believes his Kingdom can remove divorce itself.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. The Pharisees’ question is not sincere, yet it opens up a very important topic.
  2. Jesus reveals his vision of God’s Kingdom on earth.
  3. Moses was shortsighted.  He tried to resolve the problem by a legal maneuver of a written paper.
  4. Jesus sees the whole picture.  Divorce is a distortion that results from man’s sinfulness.
  5. Jesus wants to restore the whole world to what was at the beginning – an ordered humanity.
  6. In the Kingdom, God and man are joined again. In this way, husband and wife can have an ordered relationship.
  7. Even with a civil divorce, the union remains and marrying another is adultery.

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

  • O Lord, how confused human life has become. Only your grace can untangle my life.
  • Your Kingdom is powerful. It touches my feelings and my decisions.
  • Unite me to the Father. Let my life be “as it was in the beginning.”
  • With you, Jesus, all things are possible.
  • Help me to live my life without compromise.
  • Help my marriage and bless my spouse.

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

+ I will be faithful to the Lord in all pre-marital and marital relationships.

+ I will ask the Holy Spirit to help me live purely.

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

THURSDAY MAY 23, 2024

RESPONSIBILITIES OF A DISCIPLE (MK 9:41-50)

Prayer:

O Jesus, help me to live according to your highest ideals.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus explaining his ideals to his disciples.

Context:

These teachings deal with moral life in the Christian community.  First, disciples must give good example to the “little ones” (the newer members).  Secondly, they must make radical sacrifices to avoid Gehenna.  (Gehenna was a place south of Jerusalem where rubbish was always burning, a clear symbol for hell).  When Jesus talks about cutting off a hand or foot, and plucking out an eye, he does not want us to harm ourselves but not to use that faculty for evil.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. The disciple’s personal conduct should not scandalize other believers.
  2. Each disciple must be a model. This requires personal sacrifice.
  3. The hand often reaches for the money and the goods of others. This must stop.
  4. The eye looks lustfully and sees opportunities for personal satisfaction. This must stop.
  5. The foot takes the believer into temptations and occasions of sin. This must stop.
  6. All of these faculties must be curbed and limited.  Jesus’ road is narrow and straight.

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

  • I will be your disciple, Jesus, no matter what you demand of me.
  • Make me a model to others, keeping them away from sin.
  • Jesus, curb my greed. Limit my desires for money.
  • Purify my eyes so I can one day see your glory.
  • Make my feet take only your path, the straight and the narrow.

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

+ I will face honestly what needs to be removed from my lifestyle.

+ I will ask Jesus to guide me onto his road.

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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2024

GAINING HEAVEN (MK 9:38-43)

Prayer:

O Jesus, purify my heart and guide my decisions.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with his disciples.

Context:

This gospel has many little parts.  Some teach about relationships within the believing community.  Others explain what is needed for personal salvation.  Both are important.  Jesus mentions the “fire of Gehenna”.  This was a rubbish place outside of Jerusalem where there were constant fires.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. Jesus confronts John’s pride.  He cannot accept an outsider sharing in Jesus’ powers.
  2. Jesus confronts scandal, when new believers see older members who do not fulfill Jesus’ commands.
  3. Believers must give a “cup of cold water”, that is, the good example of their Christian lives.
  4. Jesus confronts sin within the Church.  The goal is heaven and damnation must be avoided at all costs.
  5. This is a true disciple – humble, open to others, setting good example and avoiding sinful activity.

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

  • O Lord, how holy is your name, containing all power in heaven and earth.
  • O Jesus, let every tongue proclaim your name for the Father’s glory.
  • I am your follower.  Let my life lead others to follow you.
  • Help me so I never lead others astray.
  • O Jesus, your Kingdom is worth any price!
  • Cut out of my life whatever cuts me off from you.

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

+ I will use Jesus’ name to release God’s power.

+ I will remove anything that gives bad example.

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

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2024

DISPUTING ABOUT IMPORTANCE (MK 9:30-37)

Prayer:

O Jesus, I want to serve you and your friends.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with a child in the middle of his disciples.

Context:

In the second half of Mark’s gospel, Jesus deliberately withdraws from the crowds to teach his disciples about his suffering and death, and about their difficult duties as disciples.  The more he explains, the less they seem to grasp, (as in this story).

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. What a contrast. Jesus talks about his death. The disciples talk about their importance.
  2. They go inside the house.  The disciples are so important that Jesus leaves the crowds behind.  This is private teaching.
  3. When confronted, the disciples know that they were wrong.  They grow silent, not trying to defend themselves.
  4. Jesus makes the application easy to understand.  Within the Christian community, the disciple must sacrifice and serve.
  5. The child represents the newcomer, the new believer.  Serving and teaching new believers is the apostles’ primary task.

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

  • O Jesus, you paid a great price to redeem me.
  • You saved me. You died for me when I was a sinner.
  • Now, others must be saved and I must pay the price.
  • Help me to set aside my selfish desires.  I will sacrifice for the Kingdom.
  • O Jesus, I fall silent before you.  You have done so much and I have done so little.
  • Help me to serve, to bring your gospel to those who have never heard.

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

+ I will look for chances today to evangelize.

+ In all my relationships, I will try to serve others.

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

MONDAY, MAY 20, 2024 WEEK EIGHT

MEMORIAL OF BLESSED VIRGIN MARY MOTHER OF THE CHURCH (JN 19:25-34)

Prayer:

O Jesus, You have given Mary to me as a mother.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus on the cross and Mary with the Beloved Disciple at his feet.

Context:

How important is the word Woman signifying Mary’s cosmic role in world affairs. The Bible begins with a Woman whose child would crush the serpent (Gen 3:150 and ends with a Woman Clothed with the Sun (Rev C12).

John’s gospel also opens with the Woman at Cana granting Jesus first miracle and ends with the Woman at the cross. Historically, John cared for Mary who was assumed into heaven at Ephesus.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. Where are the crowds? Where are the disciples and the other apostles?
  2. Only a faithful few gathered and in great sacrifice, they stood beneath the cross.
  3. Where else would anyone want to be on this day? They are the most privileged people in the whole world.
  4. Their names are faithfully recorded. More important, their names are in the Book of Life.
  5. As Jesus saw them, what consolation and help he experienced.
  6. In this moment of great suffering, Jesus thinks of others -His mother, the disciple and us.
  7. “Take care of my church” that is the meaning of “This is your son.”
  8. “Have trust and confidence in the Woman”. This is the meaning of “That is your mother.”

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

  • O Jesus, where am I at the moments you want me to pray and keep you company?
  • Let me be faithful. May I always stand with you.
  • Where else can I go? With whom else would I rather be?
  • O Jesus, you have written my name on Your heart.
  • What a mystery. 2000 years later, I can console you by my actions.
  • You have given me your mother. What more can I ask for?
  • O Mary, I am now your child. Jesus gave you to me.
  • I will trust you, Mary. Place all my confidence. From this day on, you will be my mother.

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

+ I will be as faithful as possible to visiting the Blessed Sacrament.

+ I will find time for my daily rosary.

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

SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2024 PENTECOST SUNDAY

THE LIVING WATERS (Jn 7:37-39)

Prayer:

O Jesus, give me the Living Water of the Holy Spirit.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching in the Temple.

Context:

On the seventh (final) day of the Feast of Tabernacles, a vessel of water from the pool of Siloam is brought to the temple and poured out before the altar of burnt offerings. Using this backdrop, Jesus promises the living waters of the Spirit.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. Jesus waits for the most dramatic moment to give his solemn promise.
  2. At the well in Samaria, He spoke privately to the woman about living waters. Now, he offers these living waters to the whole world.
  3. These waters are the Holy Spirit, who now fills the earth.
  4. Jesus only promises the spirit because he had not risen, as yet.
  5. Now, Jesus is glorified and he pours out the Spirit on all believers.

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

  • What an invitation! You say, “Whoever believes.” That includes me.
  • O Jesus, only you can give living waters.
  • Pour out your Spirit, Jesus and make me a member of your Kingdom.
  • You give Your Spirit in my every prayer, in every sacrament and in every holy desire.
  • Come Holy Spirit. Come Living Waters. I will drink and thirst forever more.

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

+ I will say again and again, “Come, Holy Spirit.”

+ I will stop drinking of the wrong water.

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

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2024 SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER

VOCATION OF THE BELOVED DISCIPLE (Jn 21:20-25)

Prayer:

O Jesus, draw me to your heart.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus speaking with Peter.

Context:

This is the final story in John’s gospel and defines the relationship between Peter and the Beloved Disciple. The Church needs authority (Peter) and faithful disciples (John). Both will remain until the end of time.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. Jesus has told Peter that he will be martyred. The Beloved Disciple will not be.
  2. The Beloved Disciple enjoys an intimacy with Jesus to which even Peter has no access.
  3. Peter is curious about this relationship, but Jesus allows no discussion.
  4. The Beloved Disciple will have his own role in the Church.
  5. Peter is the Shepherd, the teacher, the hierarchical head. The Beloved Disciple is the faithful soul, the believer and the lover.
  6. These faithful souls will sustain the Church until the end of the world.
  7. The Beloved Disciple knew Jesus and wrote this gospel, to explain the great mystery. Jesus is the “Word Made Flesh among us.”

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

  • Make me your Beloved Disciple, faithful in everything.
  • How close you hold me! What intimacy you offer to me! Why should I seek anything else?
  • O Jesus, captivate my heart. Never let me go.
  • Make me faithful to the very end.
  • Reveal your secrets to me, O Lord, and I will make You known to the whole world.

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

+ Today, I will allow Jesus to draw me to his heart.

+ I will curb my imagination and limit my curiosity about world events, so God can reveal his mysteries.

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

FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2024 SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER

JESUS QUESTIONS PETER (Jn 21:15-19)

Prayer:

O Jesus, fill my heart with love so I can serve you.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus speaking with Peter on the share of Galilee.

Context:

This text is extremely important. In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus gives Peter the Keys to the Kingdom. In this passage, Jesus also gives Peter authority, using the image of “feeding the sheep.”

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. Jesus’ three questions give Peter an opportunity to reverse his three denials.
  2. For Jesus, Peter’s personal love is important. He had to know where Peter’s heart was.
  3. Assured of his love, Jesus makes Peter the guiding Shepherd of the Church.
  4. Jesus speaks of Peter’s first moments, when his task concludes.
  5. The impetuous Peter won’t choose his path. His young man’s strength will fail.
  6. He will go where others take him. This requires spiritual maturity.

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

  • Lord, you always give me an opportunity.
  • I will correct my errors and undo my mistakes.
  • Lord, please ask me if I love you.
  • Lord, you know where my heart is. Claim it as your own.
  • You know everything, O Lord. You know my call. You know my future. You know the moment of my death.
  • I will go where you want me to go.
  • Your final words touch my heart. “Follow me”, you say.

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

+ I will hear Jesus’ question in my soul, “Do you love me?”

+ I will follow Jesus until I die.

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

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2024 SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER

JESUS’ PRAYER FOR FUTURE BELIEVERS (Jn 17:20-26)

Prayer:

O Jesus, restore our oneness in your glory.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with the apostles at the Last Supper.

Context:

Jesus’ prayer is for us, the future believers. Two thousand years later, as the word reaches us, we receive the same glory given by the Father to Jesus, and from Jesus to his Church.

If Jesus’ word forges a unity, the world also, will believe in Jesus.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. Jesus looks to the future. He sees the billions of people who will believe through the disciples’ preaching.
  2. Jesus wants all believers to enjoy the oneness that he enjoys with the Father.
  3. This unity of believers will be Jesus’ instrument to bring the whole world to faith in him.
  4. This oneness comes from Jesus giving all believers a share in his glory.
  5. By seeing his disciples united, the world (his persecutor) will see that the Father loves the world.
  6. This is Jesus’ only plan for the world’s salvation.
  7. His Church must be clothed in his glory and one with each other.

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

  • Jesus, you prayed for me, knowing that I would believe your word.
  • Now, you want me to join with other believers.
  • You share your glory with all of us.
  • You make us one in this glory.
  • By our oneness, others will believe in you.
  • When the whole world believes, you will come again.

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

+ I will thank God for my faith.

+ I will seek other believers to share my devout life.

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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2024 SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER

JESUS’ PRAYER FOR THE APOSTLES (Jn 17:11-19)

Prayer:

O Jesus, consecrate me to the Father.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with the apostles at the Last Supper.

Context:

In this part of his prayer, Jesus sharpens the distinction between his disciples and the world. In spite of difficulties, Jesus refuses to segregate the disciples from the world. They must stay in the world to preach. Therefore, Jesus prays that they be protected “from the evil one” and sanctified in truth.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. Jesus cannot pray for a world that refuses to believe and become his disciples.
  2. He can pray for these disciples because they belong to the Father.
  3. They must stay in the world even though they are the world’s enemies and cannot avoid the world’s hatred.
  4. The problem is the Evil One. He owns the world.
  5. Even in this hostile environment, the Father can still sanctify them.
  6. Having sanctified himself, Jesus now sanctifies them.

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

  • Jesus, the Father has given me to you. I am yours forever.
  • Right now, you pray for me at the right hand of the Father.
  • Protect me, Jesus. For now, I must remain in the world.
  • Even in the world, you can sanctify me, but I must be careful.
  • Keep me from the world. Make me a stranger to the world just as you were.
  • Release your Spirit and I will be like you – sanctified in truth.

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

+ I will see clearly the world’s opposition to my devout life.

+ I will strengthen my resolve to be sanctified for the Father.

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

TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2024 SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER

NOW CALLED FRIENDS (Jn 15:9-17)

Prayer:

O Jesus, I seek only to be your friend.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching at the Last Supper.

Context:

After showering his own love upon the disciples, Jesus asks that they love one another. Before asking for this love, he has made them his friends and has chosen them for an important task.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. Loving others as you love yourself is no longer enough. Jesus gives a new commandment.
  2. You must love others as Jesus loves you.
  3. In his total love, Jesus is willing to lay down his life.
  4. Jesus has raised you to a new level. You are no longer his servant. You are his friend.
  5. You are his friend simply because he chose you.
  6. Because you are his friend, he reveals all his mysteries.
  7. You have one task – to fulfill God’s purpose in your life.

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

  • Jesus, you loved me before I loved you.
  • Help me to love others even before they love me.
  • O Jesus, “I will lay down my life for you”. (Jn 13:37)
  • What a gift – to be your friend!
  • Reveal all your secrets to me, Jesus. I will be attentive and listen closely.
  • O Jesus, you have a task for me. Speak, Lord, I am listening.

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

+ I will value my new status of being a friend of Jesus.

+ Being Jesus’ friend, I will seek to know what he wants of me.

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

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2024 SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER

THINKING THEY UNDERSTAND (Jn 16:29-33)

Prayer:

O Jesus, strengthen me in the time of trial.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with the apostles at the Last Supper.

Context:

Jesus speaks plainly and the disciples think they understand.  However, not having experienced the death and resurrection of Jesus, their faith is far too weak.  Jesus shatters their self-confidence by predicting that they will desert him.  However, Jesus concludes with a promise of victory.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. The apostles think that they believe firmly.
  2. Their solid faith will come only after Jesus rises.
  3. Jesus sees that their faith is frail and incomplete, totally unable to withstand his death.
  4. When the Roman soldiers test their resolve, the disciples will scatter, leaving Jesus alone.
  5. Their desertion hurts Jesus but His faith lies in the Father, not in the disciples.
  6. The disciples will remember Jesus’ words and regain their peace.
  7. Even more important, Jesus will rise and they will share in his victory over the world.

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

  • Jesus, speak plainly to me and I will understand.
  • Strengthen my faith, so I do not desert you in the crisis.
  • When my resolve is tested, I will stand with you, Jesus.
  • How often Your words console me in my failures!
  • Jesus, You chose me, even knowing that I would abandon you and leave you alone.
  • O Jesus, I rejoice in your victory, the ultimate victory, the only victory that matters, and my eternal salvation.
  • I will live with you forever.

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

+ I will seek religious experiences so my faith will be strong.

+ In my trials, I will ask Jesus to stay with me.

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

SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2024 SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

JESUS’ PRAYER FOR THE APOSTLES (Jn 17:11-19)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit.  Explain to me the mysteries of Jesus.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with the apostles at the Last Supper.

Context:

In this part of his prayer, Jesus sharpens the distinction between his disciples and the world.  In spite of difficulties, Jesus refuses to segregate the disciples from the world. They must stay in the world to preach.  Therefore, Jesus prays that they be protected “from the evil one” and sanctified in truth. 

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. Jesus cannot pray for a world that refuses to believe and become his disciples.
  2. He can pray for these disciples because they belong to the Father.
  3. They must stay in the world even though they are the world’s enemies and cannot avoid the world’s hatred.
  4. The problem is the Evil One.  He owns the world.
  5. Even in this hostile environment, the Father can still sanctify them.
  6. Having sanctified himself, Jesus now sanctifies them.

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

  • Jesus, the Father has given me to you.  I am yours forever.
  • Right now, you pray for me at the right hand of the Father.
  • Protect me, Jesus. For now, I must remain in the world.
  • Even in the world, you can sanctify me, but I must be careful.
  • Keep me from the world.  Make me a stranger to the world just as you were.
  • Release your Spirit and I will be like you – sanctified in truth.

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

+ I will see clearly the world’s opposition to my devout life.

+ I will strengthen my resolve to be sanctified for the Father.

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

SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2024 SIXTH WEEK OF EASTER

SPEAKING PLAINLY (Jn 16:23-28)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit.  Explain to me the mysteries of Jesus.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with the apostles at the Last Supper.

Context:

Jesus admits that he is using figures of speech which the disciples do not understand.  You, the reader, understand them clearly because you know that Jesus rose from the dead.  Not having experienced the Resurrection as yet, the disciples find these images difficult to grasp. So, Jesus speaks more plainly.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. Jesus has spoken clearly to the apostles.  All the mysteries have been revealed.
  2. However, the disciples do not understand because Jesus has not yet risen.
  3. After the resurrection, they understand everything.
  4. Therefore, the Father loves them and will grant all their requests.
  5. They see the whole mystery – Jesus coming from the Father and returning to the Father.

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

  • O Jesus, I thank you that I was born after you came into the world.
  • Now, I understand all the mysteries.
  • I am a child of the Father, an heir of the Kingdom, a member of Christ’s Body.
  • O Father, I speak to you as your child and I ask you to give me eternal life.
  • O Jesus, I love you and believe that you came from the Father.
  • Now, you have gone ahead. You await me, Jesus.  I am coming.  Only death separates us.

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

+ I will meditate on the great privilege of being born after Jesus Christ lived on this earth.

+ I will never endanger my inheritance by sinful choices.

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

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2024 SIXTH WEEK OF EASTER

IN A LITTLE WHILE (Jn 16:20-23)

Prayer:

O Jesus, turn my sorrows into joys.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with the apostles at the Last Supper.

Context:

Jesus has spoken of “a little while.”  Because the disciples are confused, Jesus explains what this means.  He speaks of a joyful woman who has given birth.  This “birth” is his rising from the dead.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. The “little while” is the darkness of those three days between Jesus’ death and resurrection.
  2. Naturally, the disciples did not understand.  They could not grasp the mystery that Jesus would rise.
  3. During those three days, the world rejoiced and the disciples grew sad.
  4. Their sadness was like a woman about to give birth.
  5. Their sorrow became joy when Jesus rose from the grave.
  6. After they saw Jesus, the world could never take away the apostles’ joy.

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

  • O Jesus, how often I experience moments of sadness, when you seem far away.
  • In this “Little while” You hide yourself and make me wait for you.
  • Your absence multiplies my joy at your return.
  • Return quickly Jesus.  Rise again within me.
  • When you come to me, no one takes away my joy.
  • At my death, you will be there.  I will await you.

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

+ I will ask Jesus to come to me, today.

+ I will never allow anything to steal my joy.

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

THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2024 ASCENSION THURSDAY

THE FINAL COMMAND (MK 16:15-20)

Prayer:

O Jesus, send me to the nations.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus on the mountain with his disciples.

Context:

This is Jesus final appearance to the disciples.  Even now, some still doubt his resurrection.  Even with their unbelief, Jesus chooses them as his messengers to preach to the whole world and to baptize the nations.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. These eleven apostles are very important to Jesus.  They are the foundations of his church.
  2. He is Lord and King and He summons them.  This is a command performance.
  3. He calls them up the mountain, the symbol of man’s relationship with God.
  4. Many are still entangled in their doubts.  What kind of preachers would they be?
  5. Seeing the Risen Jesus brings faith.  They adore Jesus.  Now, they are ready to preach.
  6. Jesus describes his new status.  He is the Risen Lord, having all authority everywhere.
  7. He gives two commands.  The disciples are to teach the people and to baptize them into the Church.
  8. What began on this mountain 2000 years ago continues to this day.  Jesus is preached and people are baptized.

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

  • O Jesus, I am important to you.  You have a task for me.
  • Summon me into your presence, Jesus.  I will gladly come.
  • O Jesus, you have all authority and all power.
  • All must hear about you.  I will tell the whole world.
  • Make me your fervent disciple and I will make other disciples.
  • Jesus, you do not pass away.  Your authority is forever.
  • You are with me, Jesus, stay in my heart.

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

+ I will gladly be a disciple under Jesus’ authority.

+ I will try to make others his disciples.

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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2024 SIXTH WEEK OF EASTER

THE SPIRIT TEACHES (Jn 16:12-15)

Prayer:

O Jesus, thank you for the Holy Spirit who teaches me all truth.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with the apostles at the Last Supper.

Context:

Jesus describes the two goals which the Spirit will accomplish among the disciples (the Church).  First, He will extend Jesus’ revelation, going beyond what Jesus was able to teach in his short lifetime.  Second, the Spirit will explain those teachings which Jesus did say but were not comprehended by the disciples.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. In this final hour, Jesus reveals some special truths.  After his Resurrection, He will reveal even more.
  2. However, the full revelation will come only from the Holy Spirit who will explain the mystery of Jesus.
  3. The source of these mysteries is the eternal Father, who sends both the Son and the Spirit.
  4. The Spirit gathers up all these truths about the Father and Jesus, and reveals them.
  5. He reveals them to multiply Jesus’ glory within us.

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

  • O Spirit, reveal these mysteries to me.  Then, Jesus will capture my heart.
  • You reveal “what is coming”, so I can know what to do with my life.
  • Teach me “all truth”.  Let me be a quick learner.
  • Reveal Jesus to me.  Reveal all of his glory, all of his power, all of his love.
  • O Spirit, taught by you, I will glorify Jesus.
  • O Trinity, Father, Son and Spirit, You are always at work on my behalf.

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

+ I will have a special devotion to the Spirit of Jesus.

+ Today, I will seek the Spirit’s help for all my decisions.

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

TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2024 SIXTH WEEK OF EASTER

THE SPIRIT’S TASKS (Jn 16:5-11)

Prayer:

O Jesus, send your Paraclete to overcome the world.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with the apostles at the last Supper.

Context:

Jesus again shifts the focus.  The Holy Spirit will not just be an advocate for the disciples.  He will be a prosecuting attorney against the world.  He will work within the believers, assuring them that they have correctly chosen to stand with Jesus.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. When experiencing the world’s persecutions, the disciples might ask, “Did we make the right choice?”
  2. In these moments, the Holy Spirit will be a powerful inner voice, comforting the disciples.
  3. As their advocate, he will put the whole world on trial.
  4. First, He will reveal the great sin of the world which refused to accept Jesus, in spite of his many miracles.
  5. Second, He will judge the world which persecutes the disciples even though they testify truly.  Jesus has gone to the Father and will return in glory.
  6. Third, He will judge the world by casting out the world’s leader, Satan.
  7. Persecuting the disciples is just Satan’s final words before he has to leave.

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

  • O Jesus, the world has made a great mistake.  They refuse to accept you.
  • I accept you.  I choose you as my Lord.
  • Your Spirit speaks within.  His mighty voice says, “Blessed are you.”
  • O Jesus, You have ascended to heaven and await my joining you.
  • O Jesus, you have cast out Satan, the world’s prince.
  • You are the victor.  I will stand with you, my king.
  • Thank you, Lord, for saving me from the world’s confusion.

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

+ I will listen to the Spirit’s voice within.

+ I will not allow the world to confuse me.

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

MONDAY, MAY 6, 2024 SIXTH WEEK OF EASTER

WHEN THE PARACLETE COMES (Jn 15:26-16:4)

Prayer:

O Jesus, I will testify to the whole world about you.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching the apostles at the Last Supper.

Context:

Two powers will confront the world’s hatred – the Spirit’s powerful testimony and the Church’s doctrines, based on Jesus’ own teachings.  In spite of this clear light, the world will still kill the disciples.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. Jesus has already spoken the Father’s word.  Now, the Paraclete, the Spirit of Truth, will also speak the Father’s word.
  2. The Spirit will speak within the hearts of the disciples.
  3. With the Spirit’s help, the disciples will speak to the whole world about Jesus.
  4. The result will be exactly the same.  Like Jesus, the disciples will be hated, rejected and even killed.
  5. As always, the problem is the same.  The world has not known the Father.
  6. Because of this blindness, they did not accept Jesus and they will not accept Jesus’ disciples.

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

  • O  Holy Spirit, Jesus has sent you to me.
  • O, Holy Spirit, tell me about Jesus.
  • Dwell in my heart.  I will be quiet and listen to your testimony.
  • O Jesus, I will not be silent.  I will speak about you to everyone.
  • Thank you, Jesus, for warning me about how others will treat me.
  • O Jesus, I will tell the whole world.  Some will listen and be saved.

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

+ I will set aside time for prayer, so the Spirit can teach me.

+ I will be a faithful witness to Jesus.

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