MARCH 23, 2016 – WEDNESDAY – HOLY WEEK – JESUS WASHES PETER’S FEET

(John 13:6-11) (Note: The gospel for today is so similar to yesterday’s that the following scene from the Last Supper is used). Prayer: Jesus, bathe me in your cleansing waters. Imagination: (Picture Jesus washing Peter’s feet). Context: Peter is so special to Jesus that even in the washing of feet, there is a unique dialogue. …

MARCH 16, 2016 – WEEK FIVE OF LENT – WEDNESDAY – THE SON FREES YOU

(John 8:31-36) Prayer: Jesus, set me free from the slavery of sin. Imagination: Picture Jesus teaching in the Temple Context: Jesus speaks to “the Jews who believed in him” (8:31). Although they believe, their faith is too limited. They consider Abraham greater than Jesus. They want to make Jesus part of the Jewish religion instead …

MARCH 9, 2016 – WEEK FOUR OF LENT – WEDNESDAY – PART TWO – HONORING THE SON

(John 5:23-26) Prayer: O Jesus, help me to value eternal life. Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching his disciples in the Temple.) Context: Jesus continues to defend his ministry as He focuses on God’s power to judge, to raise from the dead and to grant eternal life. The Father, (who obviously has these powers) has given them …

MARCH 9, 2016 – WEEK FOUR OF LENT – WEDNESDAY- PART ONE – THE SON AND THE FATHER

(John 5-19-23) Prayer: O Jesus, reveal the Father and Jesus to me. Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching his disciples in the Temple.) Context: Jesus has just healed a man who lay ill for thirty-eight years. However, he healed him on the Sabbath, and “The Jews began to persecute Jesus” (Jn 5:16) and even tried to kill …

MARCH 2, 2016 – WEEK THREE OF LENT – WEDNESDAY – THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS

(Matthew 5:17-20) Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Make me great in Jesus’ Kingdom. Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching his disciples). Context: “Law and Prophets” means the whole Old Testament. Jesus wants his Church to retain these books and teach them to his disciples. At the same time, these books are not God’s final word or his greatest …

FEBRUARY 24, 2016 – WEEK TWO OF LENT – WEDNESDAY – AMBITIOUS JAMES AND JOHN

(Matthew 20:17-28) Prayer: Come Holy Spirit. Reveal the glory you have prepared. Imagination: (Picture James and John seeking favors from Jesus.) Context: Jesus has just told the apostles that he would come in glory. With great ambition, James and John want that glory. Before granting any glory, Jesus must enter into his Messianic glory by …

FEBRUARY 17, 2016 – WEEK ONE OF LENT – WEDNESDAY – A GREATER THAN JONAH OR SOLOMON

(Luke 11:29-32) Prayer – O Lord, I seek no sign or wonder. I seek only you. Imagination – (Picture Jesus speaking to the crowds.) Context: Although Jesus’ enemies asked for a sign, Jesus addresses his teaching to the crowds. He cites two Old Testament examples of foreigners having a change of heart. When Jonah preached …

FEBRUARY 3, 2016 – WEEK FOUR – WEDNESDAY – REJECTED BY HIS OWN PEOPLE

(Mark 6:1-6) Prayer – O Jesus, I honor you as the true prophet who has come into the world. Imagination: (Picture Jesus in the synagogue at Nazareth) Context: Jesus returns to Nazareth, accompanied by his disciples. After his teaching, the crowd asks itself three questions which summarize Mark’s gospel. Jesus has shown authority, wisdom and …

JANUARY 27, 2016 – WEEK THREE – WEDNESDAY – PART ONE – THE POWERFUL SEED

(Mark 4:1-9) 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 …

JANUARY 27, 2016 – WEEK THREE – WEDNESDAY – PART TWO – THE DIFFERENT RESPONSES

(Mark 4:10-20) Prayer – O Jesus, let my heart receive your word. Imagination- (Picture Jesus teaching the crowds). Context: In this part, Jesus explains the parable and a shift takes place. The original parable highlighted the great power of the seed. This explanation highlights the way each person receives the seed. Gospel Text: (Read slowly, …

JANUARY 20, 2016 – WEEK TWO – WEDNESDAY – THE MAN WITH THE WITHERED HAND

(Mark 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 …

JANUARY 13, 2016 – WEEK ONE – WEDNESDAY – MULTIPLE HEALINGS

(Mark 1:29-39) Prayer: O Jesus, let me experience your healing power. Imagination: (Picture Jesus surrounded by the sick seeking to be healed.) Context: Jesus’ powers are diverse. He heals many illnesses and casts out all kinds of demons. They do not shout out because Jesus quiets them. When his work is finished, He walks away …

JANUARY 6, 2016 – WEDNESDAY AFTER EPIPHANY – WALKING ON THE WATER

(Mark 6:45-52) Prayer: O Jesus, come to me when the waves threaten my boat. Imagination: (Picture the disciples in the boat, seeing Jesus on the water.) Context: These early stories of Mark’s gospel reveal to the disciples who Jesus is. However, even as they see the miracles, they do not understand. For some reason, their …

DECEMBER 16, 2015 – WEEK THREE OF ADVENT – WEDNESDAY – MESSENGERS FROM JOHN

(Luke 7:18-23) Prayer: O Jesus, let me always believe in You. Imagination: (Picture John’s disciples questioning Jesus.) Context: John preached repentance and confession of sins. He expected Jesus to be even more fiery in his preachings. Instead, Jesus eats with sinners and opens the Kingdom to tax collectors. John wonders whether Jesus is the Messiah. …

DECEMBER 9, 2015 – WEEK TWO OF ADVENT – WEDNESDAY – THE EASY YOKE

(Matthew 11:28-30) Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Help me to take up Jesus’ easy yoke and light burden. Imagination: (Picture Jesus inviting all his disciples to come to him.) Context: The burdened are those who cannot seem to get out from under. Jesus is one of them. He carries the whole world on his shoulders. Jesus’ …

DECEMBER 2, 2015 – WEEK ONE OF ADVENT – WEDNESDAY – MULTIPLIED BLESSINGS

(Matthew 15:29-37) Prayer: O Jesus, let me hunger for your food. Imagination: (Picture Jesus and his disciples with the hungry crowds.) Context: The multiplication of food is the only miracle told in all four gospels. It is preceded by multiple healings. These stories highlight the Advent season when we await the Lord who comes with …

NOVEMBER 25, 2015 – WEEK THIRTY FOUR – WEDNESDAY – THE TRIALS OF A DISCIPLE

(Luke 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 …

NOVEMBER 18, 2015 – WEEK THIRTY THREE – WEDNESDAY – THE SERVANTS ENTRUSTED WITH MONEY

(Luke 19:12-27) 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 …

NOVEMBER 11, 2015 – WEEK THIRTY-TWO – WEDNESDAY – THE TEN LEPERS

(Luke 17:11-19) Prayer – Come, Holy Spirit. Fill me with a spirit of thanksgiving. Imagination: (Picture the one leper returning to give thanks) Context: This story is somewhat like a parable, ending with Jesus pronouncing the Samaritan’s saving faith. Obviously, the group consisted of nine Jewish lepers and one Samaritan. Their illness bonded them together …

NOVEMBER 4, 2015 – WEEK THIRTY ONE – WEDNESDAY – THE TOWER AND THE WAR

(Luke 14:28-32) Prayer: O Jesus, help me to persevere until the finish line. Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching the crowds.) Context: Jesus is dealing here with enthusiastic disciples who cannot see the tremendous hardships that lie ahead. So, Jesus gives two examples which entail great difficulties. A farmer needs a tower for his grain, but the …