of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Author: <span>Jill Metz</span>

Author: Jill Metz

TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2022 – FEEDING THE FIVE THOUSAND (MK 6:34-44)

Prayer:   Come, Holy Spirit. Multiply your gifts within me. Imagination: Picture Jesus feeding the crowds. Context: This is the first of two multiplications of food in Mark’s gospel. (This one is for a Jewish crowd and the other is for Gentiles).  This miracle is told in all four gospels and six …

He Loved Us First

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures Memorial of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton He Loved Us First Beloved, I am waiting for you with a loving heart. God is calling you with His infinite love.” (Jesus) (September 23-24 …

MONDAY, JANUARY 3, 2022 – FINDING THE MESSIAH (MT 4:12-23)

Prayer:   Jesus, I will be your disciple and follow you everywhere. Imagination: Picture Jesus with his three new disciples. Context: This gospel gives some more details and the call of these disciples.  Andrew, and the other man, were originally disciples of John the Baptist who told them about Jesus.  Andrew brings a …

Only Jesus

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures Monday After Epiphany- Holy Name of Jesus Only Jesus “My adored Jesus, thank You for Your infinite mercy.” (Elizabeth) (May 24, 1963) Today’s Readings: From that time on, Jesus began to …

SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 2022 – EPIPHANY – THE MAGI (MT 2:1-12)

Prayer:   Come, Holy Spirit.  Give me your light to search for the Christ Child. Imagination:    Picture the three Magi worshipping Jesus in Bethlehem. Context:             Since the Magi were not Jewish, Epiphany is called the Gentile Christmas, a symbol that Christ is for all the world.  Magi were a learned priestly class of Persia who …

We Three Kings

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures The Epiphany of Our Lord We Three Kings “Reach beyond your limits. Look at the Three Wise Men, who made superhuman sacrifice. They left behind their limitations. First and foremost, this …

SATURDAY, JANUARY 1, 2022 – SOLEMNITY OF MARY – THE SHEPHERDS’ RESPONSE (LK 2:16-21)

Prayer:   Come, Holy Spirit.  Give me the shepherds’ faith. Imagination:   Picture the shepherds adoring Jesus with Mary and Joseph. Context: The gospel stories are filled with people.  Some respond to Jesus and others do not.  Those who respond are always blessed.  Here, the shepherds glorify God for all they saw and heard. Gospel Text: …

Heart Pondering Prayer

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God Heart Pondering Prayer He knows very well that I listen to each of his words as a prayer. I constantly reflect …

FRIDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS – DECEMBER 31, 2021 – THE WORD BECAME FLESH (JN 1:1-18)

Prayer: O Jesus, thank you for leaving the Father’s side and becoming a man.  Imagination: Imagine Mary telling the angel, Gabriel, that she would be God’s mother.  Context:  Mark begins his gospel with John the Baptist. Matthew and Luke begin their gospels with infancy stories. John begins his gospel in …

Full Of Grace

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures The Seventh Day In the Octave of Christmas Full of Grace I will give you the grace of full abandonment to me. This grace will totally control your being, and grace …

THURSDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS – DECEMBER 30, 2021 – THE WOMAN PROPHETESS (LK 2:36-40)

Prayer: O Lord, teach me to fast, to pray and to listen to your word.  Imagination: Picture Joseph and Mary holding the Christ Child in the presence of Simeon and Anna. Context:  Luke likes to portray both men and women ministering. So, he added Anna, a prophetess, to Simeon’s story. …

WEDNESDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS – DECEMBER 29, 2021 – SIMEON’S INSPIRED WORDS (LK 2:22-27)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Lead me this day to your divine appointment.  Imagination: Picture Simeon praising God with Jesus in his arms.  Context:  After forty days, Mary and Joseph fulfill the Mosaic Law by presenting Jesus in the temple. Surprisingly, Simeon appears on the scene. Luke says that the Holy …

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2021 – THE HOLY INNOCENTS, MARTYRS – HEROD’S MASSACRE (MT 2:13-18)

Prayer: O Lord Jesus, I would love to shed my blood for you.  Imagination: Picture Mary, Joseph and the Child fleeing into Egypt.  Context:  In Matthew’s gospel, Joseph is the central person in the infancy stories and God’s usual way of communicating with him is by an angel in his …

Deceiving Ourselves

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures Feast of the Holy Innocents Deceiving Ourselves The Evil One will disturb your thoughts, he will make you unsure of your actions. By his words, he will suggest every kind of …

MONDAY – DECEMBER 27, 2021 – ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST – THE DISCIPLES AT THE TOMB (JN 20:1-8)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Give me the faith to seek the risen Christ.  Imagination: Picture the disciples at the empty tomb.  Context:  Before the gospel writers describe the Easter visions, they speak of the empty tomb and of the disciples’ reactions. In this text, Magdalene, Peter and the Beloved Disciple …

Words Of Love

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures Feast of Saint John, Apostle Words of Love “My little one, write down what I now dictate: …You are mine and this is your guarantee. After your death, there will abound …

SUNDAY – DECEMBER 26, 2021 – THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY & JOSEPH – SEARCHING FOR JESUS (LK 2:41-52)

Prayer: O Lord, may I always seek to find you.  Imagination: Picture Jesus with his parents in the Temple. Context:  Luke uses this story when Jesus is twelve years old as a bridge between the infancy stories and the public ministry (when Jesus was thirty). It portrays the transition from …

Family Ties

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures Feast of the Holy Family Family Ties There are many cold families like yours in my country. I want the Flame of Love of my heart to warm them up and …