WEEK ELEVEN – SATURDAY – JUNE 24, 2017 FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY (LK 2:41-51) AND SOLEMNITY OF NATIVITY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST (LK 1:57-66)

Prayer: Come, Holy Ghost. Help me to search for the True Heart of the Temple.

Imagination: (Picture Mary and Joseph hurrying to look for Jesus).

Context:
When Jesus was twelve years old, He, Mary and Joseph travelled with others to the temple in Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Passover, a thanksgiving to God for His goodness and mercy.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud)
Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when He was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
1. In obedience, Jesus, Mary and Joseph kept the laws of their faith in celebrating the Passover at the temple in Jerusalem.
2. This required sacrifice, a long journey, and joining with others for safety in the caravan.
3. In the Temple, the House of our Father, Jesus teaches all who will listen that everything we think, say and do must be done for the Glory of the Father, especially bringing Him souls through the Merits of Jesus.
4. Mary and Joseph suffered anxiety, grief, and sorrow when they could not find Jesus, but persevered in their search until He was found.
5. They did not immediately understand Jesus’ actions, but Mary ‘kept these things in her heart’. This is the heart which was joined to her Son’s, the heart which was obedient to the Holy Spirit in all things, even without understanding.
6. Jesus returned home with Mary and Joseph in obedience and love.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
1. O Mary, to what temple am I travelling in haste? God’s or the world’s?
2. What am I searching for there? What have I lost that I hope to find?
3. Am I hoping to find a temple filled with success, honors, friends, money?
4. Am I hoping to find the true temple, filled with grace, mercy, hope, love?
5. O Mary, Jesus knew that He wanted to be in His Father’s house. You lived your life in the house of obedience and fidelity to the Father and the Holy Spirit.
6. Mary’s heart held the Spirit of her Son – in quiet contemplation, in sorrows, in joys, in obedience. May my heart take courage and strength from hers.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
1. I will ask Mary to give me her heart so that I can find her Son, Jesus.
2. I will search the temple of my heart to look for the true Treasure of Grace.
3. When I find the Heart of the Temple, I will not leave.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)
Mary and Joseph searched the temple made by hands, to find the Temple of Life, whose Word made all things.

Prayer: Come, Holy Ghost. Help me to search for the True Heart of the Temple.

Imagination: (Picture Mary and Joseph hurrying to look for Jesus).

Context:
When Jesus was twelve years old, He, Mary and Joseph travelled with others to the temple in Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Passover, a thanksgiving to God for His goodness and mercy.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud)
Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when He was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
1. In obedience, Jesus, Mary and Joseph kept the laws of their faith in celebrating the Passover at the temple in Jerusalem.
2. This required sacrifice, a long journey, and joining with others for safety in the caravan.
3. In the Temple, the House of our Father, Jesus teaches all who will listen that everything we think, say and do must be done for the Glory of the Father, especially bringing Him souls through the Merits of Jesus.
4. Mary and Joseph suffered anxiety, grief, and sorrow when they could not find Jesus, but persevered in their search until He was found.
5. They did not immediately understand Jesus’ actions, but Mary ‘kept these things in her heart’. This is the heart which was joined to her Son’s, the heart which was obedient to the Holy Spirit in all things, even without understanding.
6. Jesus returned home with Mary and Joseph in obedience and love.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
1. O Mary, to what temple am I travelling in haste? God’s or the world’s?
2. What am I searching for there? What have I lost that I hope to find?
3. Am I hoping to find a temple filled with success, honors, friends, money?
4. Am I hoping to find the true temple, filled with grace, mercy, hope, love?
5. O Mary, Jesus knew that He wanted to be in His Father’s house. You lived your life in the house of obedience and fidelity to the Father and the Holy Spirit.
6. Mary’s heart held the Spirit of her Son – in quiet contemplation, in sorrows, in joys, in obedience. May my heart take courage and strength from hers.

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
1. I will ask Mary to give me her heart so that I can find her Son, Jesus.
2. I will search the temple of my heart to look for the true Treasure of Grace.
3. When I find the Heart of the Temple, I will not leave.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)
Mary and Joseph searched the temple made by hands, to find the Temple of Life, whose Word made all things.

WEEK ELEVEN – FRIDAY – JUNE 23, 2017 FEAST OF THE SACRED HEART – A REVELATION TO THE LITTLE ONES (MT 11:25-27)

Prayer: O Jesus, help me to know the mysteries of the Kingdom.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus praising God for His disciples)

Context:

Jesus has just reproached those towns that did not repent. Now, he looks at his disciples and sees that they have been faithful and that the
Father has revealed the Kingdom to them.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus cried out, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have
hidden these things from the wise and prudent, you have revealed them to the little ones. This has seemed good in your sight.

All things have been given over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son, but the Father. And no one knows the Father, except the Son and anyone to
whom the Son wishes to reveal him.

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

  1. Jesus rejoices.He sees that the disciples are understanding the Kingdom.
  2. He credits his heavenly Father,who has revealed these mysteries to the little ones.
  3. The Father, himself, made this decision.
  4. The worldly wise and the prudent are excluded from the Father’s gift.
  5. Jesus Himself has the power to reveal even the Father himself.
  6. Jesus chooses only “the little ones” to see these mysteries.

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

  1. Father, reveal to me the mysteries of the Kingdom.
  2. I will treasure them and live by them.
  3. O Father, my heart will be caught up with Jesus.
  4. O Jesus, reveal the Father to me.
  5. You will rejoice in me and I will be the first fruits of your work.
  6. When I was wise and prudent, you could not do this. Now, I am your little one.
  7. O Jesus, all that is yours is to become mine. What a mystery!

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

  1. I will find time for solitude, so Jesus can reveal the Father.
  2. I will cherish my life with Jesus and the

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

The Son reveals the Father to whomever he wishes.

WEEK ELEVEN – THURSDAY – JUNE 22, 2017 HOW TO PRAY (MT. 6:7-13)

Prayer: O Jesus, teach me to pray as you prayed.

Imagination (Picture Jesus teaching His disciples the Our Father.)

Context:

The Lord’s prayer has seven petitions. The first three – “hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come. Your will be done” are really the same,
asking Jesus to return in glory. The last four petitions focus on what
you need to gain the Kingdom.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

When you pray do not use many words, for the heavenly Father knows what
you need before you ask. When you pray, say:

“Our Father, who are in heaven. Hallowed be your name. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

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

  1. In the Our Father, Jesus shows you what you should desire.
  2. The Heavenly Father and His Kingdom must come first.
  3. You must seek the Father’s will in all situations.
  4. You must receive the daily bread of the Eucharist.
  5. You need your sins forgiven to gain the Kingdom.
  6. You must forgive all who have hurt you.
  7. You must persevere in all trials and temptations.
  8. The saints said this prayer slowly and devoutly.

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

  1. O Jesus, focus all my desires upon your Kingdom.
  2. O Father, I will live for your glory.
  3. Lord, let your Kingdom break into my life.
  4. Jesus, reveal the Father’s will. I will do it always.
  5. Give me a hunger for daily Eucharist.
  6. I forgive everyone, Lord. Everyone!
  7. O Jesus, help me in my temptations.
  8. Lessen the trials so I persevere.

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

  1. I will make the Our Father my daily prayer.
  2. I will make Holy Communion my daily food.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

When you pray, do not use many words.

WEEK ELEVEN – WEDNESDAY – JUNE 21, 2017 ACTING IN SECRET (MT 6:1-4)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Teach me to act in secret. I do not want to lose my reward.

Imagination (Picture Jesus teaching the disciples how to gain their reward.)

Context:

Jesus contrasts Christian goodness with the goodness of the Pharisees. He highlights doing good deeds in secret, with purity of intention.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Do not perform good deeds before men so you can be seen by them. If so, you will receive no reward from your heavenly Father.

When you give an alms, do not blow a trumpet, as hypocrites do.
They already have their reward. Give your alms in secret, and your Father,
who sees in secret, will repay you.

When you pray, go to your room and pray in secret. Your Father who sees in secret,
will repay you.

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

  1. Your heart is very twisted. You often do good deeds to be seen by others.
  2. Acting in secret removes this evil and purifies your intention.
  3. When done in secret, your good deeds belong totally to the Father.
  4. You preserve the true goodness of your alms and your prayer.
  5. In demanding secrecy, Jesus has one goal. He wants you to receive the heavenly Father’s reward.

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

  1. O Lord, purify my selfish motives.
  2. O Jesus, how many times I value men’s esteem more than the Father’s rewards.
  3. Let me hide myself from everyone but the Father.
  4. O Father, you wait for me to come to you in secrecy, unknown to others.
  5. Where is my heart, O Lord? What do I seek? Earthly esteem or heavenly glory?
  6. O Jesus, you emptied yourself. I, too, will empty myself to grasp heaven’s reward.

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

  1. I will try to see the inner movements of my heart.
  2. I will do all for the Father’s glory.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

The heavenly Father, who sees in secret, will repay you.

WEEK ELEVEN – TUESDAY – JUNE 20, 2017 LOVE YOUR ENEMIES (MT 5:43-48)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Make me perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect.

Imagination Picture Jesus asking the disciples to imitate the Father.

Context:

Jesus continues his demands concerning goodness towards enemies. He contrasts his disciple with the pagans and demands a greater holiness.
At the end, Jesus reveals his goal. He wants the disciple to be as perfect
as the heavenly Father.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

You have heard it said, “You shall love your neighbor but hate your enemy.”
I say to you “Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you.
Pray for those who persecute you and insult you. In this way,
you can be children of your heavenly Father. He makes the sun rise on the good and the bad.
He makes the rain fall on the just and the unjust.

If you love those who love you, what reward shall you have? Do not even sinners do this? If you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not even the pagans do that? You must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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

  1. Jesus leads you to the height of holiness.
  2. At this new height, Jesus asks you to love everyone and to exclude all hatred.
  3. He offers you the highest reward. You will be a child of the heavenly Father.
  4. Look at how God acts. He sends his sun and his rain on everyone, good or bad.
  5. Jesus wants you to act in every situation as the Father would act.

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

  1. Jesus, lead me to the heights of holiness.
  2. O Jesus, give me a new way to live.
  3. Let your love cast out all my hatred. Make me a child of the heavenly Father.
  4. I will shower my love, my blessings, my goods upon everyone.
  5. You call me to be perfect as the Father. I will begin right now. Walk with me, Jesus.
  6. O Jesus, loving my friends is natural. Even sinners do that. Loving my enemies will be my new goal.

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

  1. I will let everyone into my heart this day.
  2. I will remove my hatred and critical spirit.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.

WEEK ELEVEN – MONDAY – JUNE 19, 2017 RELATIONSHIPS (MT 5-38-42)

Prayer – Come, Holy Spirit. Teach me how to love as a disciple should.

Imagination- (Picture Jesus teaching kindness to his disciples.)

Context:

The Jewish law to take only “An eye for an eye” was actually merciful in Jesus’ time.
It limited the amount of revenge. Jesus goes beyond this legal mercy. The disciple must respond with extreme thoughtfulness, hoping to lead his opponent
to faith in Jesus.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said to his disciples, “You have heard it said, ‘An eye for an eye and
a tooth for a tooth’. But I say to you, ‘Offer no resistance to evil. If someone
strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other to him.
If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic,
hand him your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, then go two miles.

Give to him who asks and do not turn your back on the borrower.”

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

  1. Jesus describes the new relationships in the Kingdom. If his disciples relate to others in this way, the Kingdom will spread quickly.
  2. Jesus asks his disciples not to retaliate. In this way violence will end and the gospel can be preached.
  3. Jesus asks the disciple to be patient, so others can see the Kingdom’s power.
  4. The disciple does not invoke the law. Let the person have both your tunic and cloak. He is probably in need.
  5. The disciple’s generosity in going “the second mile” witnesses to Jesus’ Kingdom.
  6. After experiencing the disciple’s charity, the person will listen to the message about the Kingdom.

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

  1. O Jesus, change me. Make my heart like your heart.
  2. Help me to bring everyone into your Kingdom, no matter what the cost!
  3. Jesus, I will set aside my interests for your interests. I will forget myself for your gospel.
  4. I will use every situation to bring the Kingdom to others.
  5. Jesus, if I turn my back on no one, you will not turn your back on me.

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

  1. I will examine my relationships to others. Are they according to the Kingdom?
  2. In my generosity, I will be a herald of the Kingdom.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Offer no resistance. Go a second mile. Hand him your tunic. Give to him who asks.

JUNE 18, 2016 – WEEK ELEVEN – SATURDAY – TRUSTING THE FATHER

(Matthew 6:30-34)

Prayer: Come, Holy Ghost. Help me to seek first the Kingdom of heaven.

Imagination: ( Picture Jesus teaching His disciples about the Father’s care for them.)

Context:

Having told the disciples not to store up earthly treasures, Jesus responds to their questions about gaining the necessities of life.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

“Oh, you of little faith. Do not worry and ask “What are we to eat?” or “What are we to drink?” or “What are we to wear?”   All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.

Do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for each day is the evil thereof.

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

  1. To worry about food, drink and clothing is quite normal. Everyone does this.
  2. Jesus explains that the heavenly Father knows and cares about the disciples’ human needs.
  3. Disciples are different, they must have a total faith in God’s Providence.
  4. The disciple must seek first the Kingdom. Then, he will have all the food, drink and clothing that God will provide.
  5. The disciple must never worry about a tomorrow (which never comes). The Father provides what is needed for each day.

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

  1. Jesus, when I have little faith, I am anxious. When I have great faith, I am at peace.
  2. Lord, give me great faith. Give me others who believe.
  3. Jesus, calm my inner anxieties.
  4. Father, why do I not trust you? Did you not create me? Will you not provide?
  5. Jesus, your guidance is clear. I must seek first your Kingdom.
  6. Jesus, make me a child. To trust. To live one day at a time. To believe that God will give me my daily bread.

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

  1. Do I seek first God’s Kingdom? That is my question today.
  2. I will place greater trust in my heavenly Father.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Your heavenly Father knows that you need all of these.

JUNE 17, 2016 – WEEK ELEVEN – FRIDAY – LAYING UP HEAVENLY TREASURES

(Matthew 6:19-23)

 Prayer: O Jesus, teach me to treasure heavenly riches.

Imagination   (Picture Jesus teaching His disciples to treasure heaven.)

Context:

These sayings of Jesus have a common theme. He wants the disciples to have a singleness of purpose, totally serving God and not being distracted by earthly cares.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

“Do not lay up earthly treasures for yourselves. Rust and moth corrode and thieves break in and steal. Instead, store up treasures in heaven where rust and moth do not corrode and thieves cannot break in and steal. Remember, where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The eye is the light of the body. If it is well, you will be in light. If the eye is evil, then you will be in darkness.

No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or love one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

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

  1. Where is your treasure? On earth or in heaven?
  2. Why seek earthly treasures? Do they not fade?
  3. Have the right desires, and you will walk in light.
  4. Seek evil, and you walk in darkness.
  5. Do not try to serve two masters. Jesus says it is impossible.
  6. If you love Jesus, money will not be your master but your servant.

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

  1. O Holy Spirit, show me my heart. What treasure do I seek, earthly or heavenly?
  2. O Lord, remove the attraction which earthly treasures have over me.
  3. O Jesus, you offer me heavenly treasures. These I will seek.
  4. Purify my desires. Then, I will walk in light.
  5. Do not let darkness enter my heart.
  6. O Jesus, why should I choose to serve any other master?
  7. I will no longer serve money. It cannot buy eternal life.

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

  1. I will ask myself, “Which master do I serve?”
  2. I will store up heavenly treasures.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

You cannot serve both God and money.

JUNE 16, 2016 – WEEK ELEVEN – THURSDAY – HOW TO PRAY

(Matthew 6:7-13)

Prayer: O Jesus, teach me to pray as you prayed.

Imagination (Picture Jesus teaching His disciples the Our Father.)

Context:

The Lord’s prayer has seven petitions. The first three – “hallowed be your name. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done” are really the same, asking Jesus to return in glory. The last four petitions focus on what you need to gain the Kingdom.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

When you pray do not use many words, for the heavenly Father knows what you need before you ask. When you pray, say:

“Our Father, who are in heaven. Hallowed be your name. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

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

  1. In the Our Father, Jesus shows you what you should desire.
  2. The Heavenly Father and His Kingdom must come first.
  3. You must seek the Father’s will in all situations.
  4. You must receive the daily bread of the Eucharist.
  5. You need your sins forgiven to gain the Kingdom.
  6. You must forgive all who have hurt you.
  7. You must persevere in all trials and temptations.
  8. The saints said this prayer slowly and devoutly.

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

  1. O Jesus, focus all my desires upon your Kingdom.
  2. O Father, I will live for your glory.
  3. Lord, let your Kingdom break into my life.
  4. Jesus, reveal the Father’s will. I will do it always.
  5. Give me a hunger for daily Eucharist.
  6. I forgive everyone, Lord. Everyone!
  7. O Jesus, help me in my temptations.
  8. Lessen the trials so I persevere.

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

  1. I will make the Our Father my daily prayer.
  2. I will make Holy Communion my daily food.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

When you pray, do not use many words.

JUNE 15, 2016 – WEEK ELEVEN – WEDNESDAY – ACTING IN SECRET

(Matthew 6:1-4)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Teach me to act in secret. I do not want to lose my reward.

Imagination   (Picture Jesus teaching the disciples how to gain their reward.)

Context:

Jesus contrasts Christian goodness with the goodness of the Pharisees. He highlights doing good deeds in secret, with purity of intention.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Do not perform good deeds before men so you can be seen by them. If so, you will receive no reward from your heavenly Father.

When you give an alms, do not blow a trumpet, as hypocrites do. They already have their reward. Give your alms in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will repay you.

When you pray, go to your room and pray in secret. Your Father who sees in secret, will repay you.

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

  1. Your heart is very twisted. You often do good deeds to be seen by others.
  2. Acting in secret removes this evil and purifies your intention.
  3. When done in secret, your good deeds belong totally to the Father.
  4. You preserve the true goodness of your alms and your prayer.
  5. In demanding secrecy, Jesus has one goal. He wants you to receive the heavenly Father’s reward.

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

  1. O Lord, purify my selfish motives.
  2. O Jesus, how many times I value men’s esteem more than the Father’s rewards.
  3. Let me hide myself from everyone but the Father.
  4. O Father, you wait for me to come to you in secrecy, unknown to others.
  5. Where is my heart, O Lord? What do I seek? Earthly esteem or heavenly glory?
  6. O Jesus, you emptied yourself. I, too, will empty myself to grasp heaven’s reward.

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

  1. I will try to see the inner movements of my heart.
  2. I will do all for the Father’s glory.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

The heavenly Father, who sees in secret, will repay you.

JUNE 14, 2016 – WEEK ELEVEN – TUESDAY – LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

(Matthew 5:43-48)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Make me perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect.

Imagination  Picture Jesus asking the disciples to imitate the Father.

Context:

Jesus continues his demands concerning goodness towards enemies. He contrasts his disciple with the pagans and demands a greater holiness. At the end, Jesus reveals his goal. He wants the disciple to be as perfect as the heavenly Father.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

You have heard it said, “You shall love your neighbor but hate your enemy.” I say to you “Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Pray for those who persecute you and insult you. In this way, you can be children of your heavenly Father. He makes the sun rise on the good and the bad. He makes the rain fall on the just and the unjust.

If you love those who love you, what reward shall you have? Do not even sinners do this? If you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not even the pagans do that? You must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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

  1. Jesus leads you to the height of holiness.
  2. At this new height, Jesus asks you to love everyone and to exclude all hatred.
  3. He offers you the highest reward. You will be a child of the heavenly Father.
  4. Look at how God acts. He sends his sun and his rain on everyone, good or bad.
  5. Jesus wants you to act in every situation as the Father would act.

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

  1. Jesus, lead me to the heights of holiness.
  2. O Jesus, give me a new way to live.
  3. Let your love cast out all my hatred. Make me a child of the heavenly Father.
  4. I will shower my love, my blessings, my goods upon everyone.
  5. You call me to be perfect as the Father. I will begin right now.       Walk with me, Jesus.
  6. O Jesus, loving my friends is natural. Even sinners do that. Loving my enemies will be my new goal.

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

  1. I will let everyone into my heart this day.
  2. I will remove my hatred and critical spirit.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.

JUNE 13, 2016 – WEEK ELEVEN – MONDAY – RELATIONSHIPS

(Matthew 5-38-42)

Prayer – Come, Holy Spirit. Teach me how to love as a disciple should.

Imagination- (Picture Jesus teaching kindness to his disciples.)

Context:

The Jewish law to take only “An eye for an eye” was actually merciful in Jesus’ time. It limited the amount of revenge. Jesus goes beyond this legal mercy. The disciple must respond with extreme thoughtfulness, hoping to lead his opponent to faith in Jesus.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said to his disciples, “You have heard it said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’. But I say to you, ‘Offer no resistance to evil. If someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other to him. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, then go two miles.

Give to him who asks and do not turn your back on the borrower.”

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

  1. Jesus describes the new relationships in the Kingdom. If his disciples relate to others in this way, the Kingdom will spread quickly.
  2. Jesus asks his disciples not to retaliate. In this way violence will end and the gospel can be preached.
  3. Jesus asks the disciple to be patient, so others can see the Kingdom’s power.
  4. The disciple does not invoke the law. Let the person have both your tunic and cloak. He is probably in need.
  5. The disciple’s generosity in going “the second mile” witnesses to Jesus’ Kingdom.
  6. After experiencing the disciple’s charity, the person will listen to the message about the Kingdom.

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

  1. O Jesus, change me. Make my heart like your heart.
  2. Help me to bring everyone into your Kingdom, no matter what the cost!
  3. Jesus, I will set aside my interests for your interests. I will forget myself for your gospel.
  4. I will use every situation to bring the Kingdom to others.
  5. Jesus, if I turn my back on no one, you will not turn your back on me.

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

  1. I will examine my relationships to others. Are they according to the Kingdom?
  2. In my generosity, I will be a herald of the Kingdom.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Offer no resistance. Go a second mile. Hand him your tunic. Give to him who asks.

JUNE 12, 2016 – WEEK ELEVEN – SUNDAY (C) – THE TWO DEBTORS

(Luke 7:36-50)

Prayer: O Jesus, you have forgiven me much. Let me love you much.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus at table with Simon, the Pharisee.)

Context:

Jesus’ parable centers upon the creditor who forgives both debtors. Where can such a man be found? He is Jesus’ example of God’s inconceivable goodness. The woman understands this goodness. Simon does not and, therefore, he cannot accept Jesus allowing the woman to cleanse his feet.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

A certain Pharisee named Simon wanted Jesus to dine with him. However, when a sinful woman washed Jesus’ feet and anointed them with perfumed oil, Simon thought, “If this man were a prophet, he would know that she is a sinful woman.” Jesus said to the Pharisee, “Two men owed money to a certain money lender. One owed five hundred coins and the other, fifty. Since neither could pay, he cancelled both debts. Who was more grateful to him?” Simon answered, “The one who was forgiven the greater debt.”

Turning to the woman, Jesus said to Simon, “You see this woman. When I entered your house, you gave me no water to wash my feet. She washed them with her tears. You gave me no kiss. She has kissed my feet. You did not anoint my head. She has anointed my feet. I say, “Many sins are forgiven her because she has loved much.”

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

  1. The woman has experienced Jesus’ forgiveness.
  2. The greatness of this forgiveness leads to her great thankfulness.
  3. She expresses this gratitude totally, using perfumed oil, her tears and her hair.
  4. She desires one thing – to thank Jesus for his forgiveness.
  5. The whole scene puzzles the Pharisee.       He cannot comprehend the woman’s total thankfulness or Jesus’ total acceptance.
  6. Jesus clarifies what has happened. Her love is as deep as her sins used to be.       She sinned totally. She was forgiven totally. She now loves totally.

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

  1. O Jesus, how many sins you have forgiven me!
  2. O Lord, your mercy pours out upon all who ask.
  3. Jesus, I will recall all my sins. Where my sins have been total, my love can be total.
  4. Your mercy claims all my heart!
  5. Jesus, you understand what led me into sin and you know how to lead me to forgiveness.
  6. What a blessing to weep at your feet!

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

  1. I will see my past sins as a cause for thanking God for his mercy. They can become a source of gratitude.
  2. I will thank God for saving me from hell.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

Which of these loved him most?