WEEK NINE – SATURDAY – JUNE 10, 2017 THE WIDOW’S MITE (MK 12:38-44)

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 scenes, which describe two contrasting groups. The scribes want everyone to see their goodness while secretly they steal widows’ money. The widow, on the contrary, gives her money in secret. She is the saving hope of Israel.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said to the disciples, “Beware of the scribes who like to walk in long robes
and to be saluted in the market-places. They want to sit in the
first chairs in the synagogue and to have the places of honor at banquets.
They devour the savings of
widows and recite long prayers for appearance sake.
They will receive the greatest judgment.

Taking a seat opposite the treasury, Jesus saw the people putting their
money into the treasury. The wealthy put in sizeable amounts. A poor widow came and put in two mites, worth about a penny. Calling his disciples, Jesus said, “Amen I say to you, this poor widow has put
in more than all the others. The others put in from their abundance, but she gave from her want,
all that she had to live on.”

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

  1. Jesus’ criticism of the temple authorities reaches a high point.
    There is no hope of their repentance.
  2. They are hypocrites, wanting to look devout, yet with rapacious hearts.
  3. He does not want his disciples to imitate their practices.
  4. This temple scene involves money and rich people, whose hearts are still attached to their wealth.
  5. The widow is different. Her gift is total. She despoils herself, and trusts in God.
  6. 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.)

  1. O Jesus, do not let my heart grow hardened.
  2. Let me not imitate the world’s selfishness.
  3. Jesus, I will always be loyal to you and generous to your people.
  4. Detach my heart from my wealth. Let me not cling to my possessions. Empty me.
  5. I will give you everything, until I have nothing left. Then, we will walk together.

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

  1. I will examine my use of money.
  2. I will be totally honest and sincere in all my dealings.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

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

WEEK NINE – FRIDAY – JUNE 9, 2017 THE SON OF DAVID (MK 12:35-37)

Prayer: O Jesus, You alone are my Lord.

Imagination: (Imagine Jesus teaching in the temple.)

Context:

While Jesus is teaching in the temple, he is constantly challenged. After silencing all his critics, he goes on the offensive. He raises the question
of the true relationship of David to the Messiah and says that the Messiah is David’s Lord.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

As Jesus was teaching in the temple area he said, “How do the scribes claim
that the Messiah is the son of David? David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said:

“The Lord said to my Lord,

Sit at my right hand

Until I place your enemies under your feet.”

If David himself calls him “Lord”, how is he the son of David? The great
crowd heard this with delight.

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

  1. Israel knew that the Messiah would come from the line of David.
  2. Logically, David should be greater than the Messiah, who would only
    participate in David’s royal power.
  3. Jesus challenges this belief. David himself called the messiah “Lord”.
  4. Jesus reveals a startling truth. The Messiah is greater than David. He is divine.
    He is David’s Lord.
  5. This messiah will sit at God’s right hand and rule over all his enemies.
  6. The scribes do not grasp the greatness of Jesus.
  7. The crowds delight to see the scribes vanquished by Jesus’ wisdom.

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

  1. O Jesus, I know who you are. You are the eternal Son of God.
  2. You are the Messiah, the anointed one, the Saviour of all mankind.
  3. You are “My Lord” and I choose you to rule over me.
  4. You are greater than David. You are greater than any earthly king. You are my king of kings.
  5. O Jesus, you sit at the Father’s right hand and you have a place for me in your Kingdom.
  6. You crush all my enemies. They are “at your feet”.
  7. I delight in you, Jesus. I rejoice in who you are and what you do for me.

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

  1. I will ask Jesus today to be my king.
  2. I will picture Jesus in glory and ask to join him.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

David himself calls him Lord.

WEEK NINE – THURSDAY – JUNE 8, 2017 THE SINCERE SCRIBE (MK 12:28-34)

Prayer – O Jesus, I want to love you with all my heart and soul.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus speaking with this good-willed scribe.)

Context:

This scribe is not hostile. His question is sincere. He searches for the most important commandment. Jesus quotes the great prayer
which he himself recited each day. This had brought the scribe close to Jesus’ Kingdom.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

One of the scribes asked Jesus, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied: “This is the first: ‘Hear, O Israel. The Lord our God is Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul
and with your whole mind and all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.

And the second is like to it. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There are no other commandments greater than these.

The scribe said to Jesus, “Excellent Teacher, you are right in saying, ‘He is one
and there is no other than He.’ Yes, to love him with all our heart and
all our mind and all our soul and all our strength and to love our neighbor
as ourself is worth more than any burnt offering and sacrifice.’

Jesus approved his answer and told him, “You are not far from the reign of God”. And no one had the courage to ask him any more questions.

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

  1. This scribe comes with a docile spirit. His question is fair and he accepts Jesus answer.
  2. To emphasize this total consecration to God alone, Jews multiply images – heart, mind, will, strength.
  3. Jesus adds a surprise. To this great commandment (known by all), he adds a second command, to love our neighbor.
  4. In these two commands, Jesus has summed up his whole gospel.
  5. The scribe agrees. Loving God and neighbor are more important than even temple sacrifices.
  6. The scribe is close to the Kingdom. Now, he needs only to believe that Jesus is Messiah and Lord.

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

  1. O Jesus, I consecrate myself to you – heart and mind, soul and strength. Anything less is unworthy of you.
  2. O Jesus, give me a spirit docile to your commands.
  3. O Jesus, when you enter my heart so does the whole world. Everyone becomes my neighbor.
  4. You loved totally – even to your death on the cross.
  5. Love is a total immolation. O Jesus, I offer you my heart.
  6. You are love, Jesus. I choose you as the bridegroom of my soul.

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

  1. I will set aside time today for God alone.
  2. I will love my neighbor in thought, word and deed.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

Hear, O Israel. The Lord our God is Lord alone.

WEEK NINE – WEDNESDAY – JUNE 7, 2017 LIVING LIKE ANGELS (MK 12:18-27)

Prayer – O Lord, I want to live with you forever in heaven.

Imagination – (Picture Jesus in confrontation with the Sadducees.)

Context:

The Sadducees (unlike the Pharisees) did not believe in the immortality of the soul
and the resurrection of the dead. They present to Jesus what seems to us a foolish problem. A woman marries seven times. After each husband dies, she marries again. The Sadducees want to know whose wife she will be in heaven. In refuting their argument, Jesus explains life in heaven.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Some Sadducees confronted Jesus (the ones who do not believe in the resurrection).
They spoke of seven brothers who married this woman, beginning with the eldest. Each husband died and, then, the woman died. They asked, “At the resurrection,
when they all come back to life, whose wife will she be?”

Jesus said to them, “You are badly misled because you fail to understand the
scriptures or the power of God. When people rise from the dead,
they neither marry nor are given in marriage but live like angels in heaven.

As to the raising of the dead, have you not read what Moses wrote in the passage
about the burning bush, how God told him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac,
the God of Jacob?’ He is the God of the living, not of the dead. You are mistaken.”

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

  1. Heaven is much greater than earth.
  2. The Sadducees did not realize how God’s power forms our glorified, risen body.
  3. Jesus sees heaven in all its reality. To have a spouse and children helps our earthly loneliness. With God in heaven, no one is lonely. All are rejoicing.
  4. The risen body enjoys all the privileges of angels.
  5. The person is totally changed into a son of the resurrection and a son of God.
  6. At the burning bush, God identified himself with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They had gained heavenly life. This is our goal.

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

  1. O Jesus, someday you will give me a glorified, risen body, just like yours.
  2. Jesus, in heaven, my heart will be filled with your love.
  3. I will not suffer. I will not die. I will live forever, with you, Jesus.
  4. Help me, Lord, to do everything possible so I am judged worthy of this “age to come”.
  5. You will change me, Jesus. By your resurrection, I will be a son of glory and a son of the eternal Father.
  6. You will give me life in abundance. I will watch and wait for your coming.

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

  1. Today, I will think often of my heavenly home.
  2. I will think of what steps I can take to be found worthy.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

They live like angels in heaven.

WEEK NINE – TUESDAY – JUNE 6, 2017 RENDER TO GOD WHAT IS GOD’S (MK 12:13-17)

Prayer –O Lord, let me give you everything.

Imagination – (Picture Jesus confronted by the Pharisees.)

Context:

Israel had two political groups. One sought total allegiance to Rome. Others sought independence, even by war if necessary. The Pharisees, by this question, hope to trip Jesus, forcing him to take
one political position or another. By using the coin, Jesus evades the question,
and gives a clear principal
to decide these political questions.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

The Pharisees talked among themselves about how to ensnare Jesus in speech. They sent their disciples with the Herodians saying, ‘Master,
we know you are truthful and teach God’s way sincerely. You seek no one’s favor and do not act out of human respect. Therefore,
tell us what you think. Is it lawful to pay tribute to Caesar or not? Jesus, knowing their hypocrisy said, “Why do you tempt me, you hypocrites?
Show me the coin used for the tax.”

When they handed him a small Roman coin, he asked them, “Whose inscription is this?”
“Caesar’s”, they replied. He said, “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s
and to God what is God’s.” Their amazement knew no bounds.

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

  1. The Pharisees are not open to Jesus’ word because they have their own ideas.
  2. They begin with flattery, trying to hide their inner wickedness.
  3. What they say is true. Jesus is truthful, a man from God, who does not seek human favor.
  4. Jesus reads their hearts. They are hypocrites, pretending to be his friend but ready to betray him.
  5. They bring forth their deadly question, which is meant to destroy Jesus’ popularity.
  6. Jesus’ wisdom is greater and he wins the debate.
  7. What is important is that we give God all we owe.

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

  1. Jesus, change my heart, make it open to your word.
  2. Reveal my inner wickedness. Strip me of all pretense. Let me stand naked in your truth.
  3. O Jesus, you have come from God and you have returned to God. You are my way to the Father.
  4. O Jesus, I surrender all my rights into your loving hands. Whom else should I trust?
  5. What do I owe you, Lord? Everything!

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

  1. I will see Jesus as the One sent by the Father.
  2. I will give Jesus all that is his.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Render to God, what is God’s.

WEEK NINE – MONDAY – JUNE 5, 2017 THE WICKED TENANTS (MK 12:1-12)

Prayer: O Jesus, I will give you all of the harvest.

Imagination (Picture Jesus with His disciples.)

Context:

Jesus bases this parable upon actual circumstances. In Galilee there were many foreign owners who leased the land to tenants. God is the owner and these tenants are the Scribes who claim to possess God’s word. However, they kill the Son so that the owner will give the vineyard to new tenants. This is a crisis parable which is meant to wake you up!

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

A man planted a vineyard and then leased it out to tenant farmers
and went on a journey. In due time, he dispatched a man to gain his
share of the produce.

However, they beat him and sent him off empty handed. He sent another.
They beat him shamefully. He sent another and they killed him. He sent even more.
They beat some and killed others.

Finally, he sent his only son thinking that they would show him respect. But the tenants said to one another, “This one will inherit everything.
Let us kill him and the vineyard will be ours.”

What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will destroy those tenants and give
the vineyard over to others.

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

  1. God has given you the vineyard of your faith. He expects the fruits of worship and goodness.
  2. He sends preachers and teachers to remind you of your duties. Do not ignore them.
  3. He sends interior messengers, his inspirations within you. Do not reject them.
  4. He sends the light of your conscience. Do not extinguish this.
  5. Finally, he sends a Fear of the Lord. What do you do with that?
  6. Wake up or else you will lose your faith and your immortal soul.

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

  1. Jesus, I thank you for my faith.
  2. You have given me the vineyard of eternal life.
  3. What do you want of me, O Lord, so I can be your faithful tenant?
  4. O Jesus, let me never forget that you are the owner of my soul.
  5. Send your messengers, O Lord. Ask for all the rent you want. I will give anything to remain in your vineyard!

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

  1. I will give God his share of this day. I will pray and help others.
  2. I will find time to thank God for my gift of faith.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

All the owner wanted was his rent.

JUNE 4, 2016 – WEEK NINE – SATURDAY – THE WIDOW’S MITE

(Mark 12:38-44)

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 scenes, which describe two contrasting groups. The scribes want everyone to see their goodness while secretly they steal widows’ money. The widow, on the contrary, gives her money in secret. She is the saving hope of Israel.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said to the disciples, “Beware of the scribes who like to walk in long robes and to be saluted in the market-places. They want to sit in the first chairs in the synagogue and to have the places of honor at banquets. They devour the savings of widows and recite long prayers for appearance sake. They will receive the greatest judgment.

Taking a seat opposite the treasury, Jesus saw the people putting their money into the treasury. The wealthy put in sizeable amounts. A poor widow came and put in two mites, worth about a penny. Calling his disciples, Jesus said, “Amen I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all the others. The others put in from their abundance, but she gave from her want, all that she had to live on.”

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

  1. Jesus’ criticism of the temple authorities reaches a high point. There is no hope of their repentance.
  2. They are hypocrites, wanting to look devout, yet with rapacious hearts.
  3. He does not want his disciples to imitate their practices.
  4. This temple scene involves money and rich people, whose hearts are still attached to their wealth.
  5. The widow is different. Her gift is total. She despoils herself, and trusts in God.
  6. 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.)

  1. O Jesus, do not let my heart grow hardened.
  2. Let me not imitate the world’s selfishness.
  3. Jesus, I will always be loyal to you and generous to your people.
  4. Detach my heart from my wealth. Let me not cling to my possessions. Empty me.
  5. I will give you everything, until I have nothing left. Then, we will walk together.

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

  1. I will examine my use of money.
  2. I will be totally honest and sincere in all my dealings.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

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

JUNE 3, 2016 – WEEK NINE – FRIDAY – THE SON OF DAVID

(Mark 12:35-37)

Prayer: O Jesus, You alone are my Lord.

Imagination: (Imagine Jesus teaching in the temple.)

Context:

While Jesus is teaching in the temple, he is constantly challenged. After silencing all his critics, he goes on the offensive. He raises the question of the true relationship of David to the Messiah and says that the Messiah is David’s Lord.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

As Jesus was teaching in the temple area he said, “How do the scribes claim that the Messiah is the son of David? David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said:

“The Lord said to my Lord,

Sit at my right hand

Until I place your enemies under your feet.”

If David himself calls him “Lord”, how is he the son of David? The great crowd heard this with delight.

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

  1. Israel knew that the Messiah would come from the line of David.
  2. Logically, David should be greater than the Messiah, who would only participate in David’s royal power.
  3. Jesus challenges this belief. David himself called the messiah “Lord”.
  4. Jesus reveals a startling truth. The Messiah is greater than David. He is divine. He is David’s Lord.
  5. This messiah will sit at God’s right hand and rule over all his enemies.
  6. The scribes do not grasp the greatness of Jesus.
  7. The crowds delight to see the scribes vanquished by Jesus’ wisdom.

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

  1. O Jesus, I know who you are. You are the eternal Son of God.
  2. You are the Messiah, the anointed one, the Saviour of all mankind.
  3. You are “My Lord” and I choose you to rule over me.
  4. You are greater than David. You are greater than any earthly king. You are my king of kings.
  5. O Jesus, you sit at the Father’s right hand and you have a place for me in your Kingdom.
  6. You crush all my enemies. They are “at your feet”.
  7. I delight in you, Jesus. I rejoice in who you are and what you do for me.

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

  1. I will ask Jesus today to be my king.
  2. I will picture Jesus in glory and ask to join him.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

David himself calls him Lord.

JUNE 2, 2016 – WEEK NINE – THURSDAY – THE SINCERE SCRIBE

(Mark 12:28-34)

Prayer – O Jesus, I want to love you with all my heart and soul.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus speaking with this good-willed scribe.)

Context:

This scribe is not hostile. His question is sincere. He searches for the most important commandment. Jesus quotes the great prayer which he himself recited each day. This had brought the scribe close to Jesus’ Kingdom.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

One of the scribes asked Jesus, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied: “This is the first: ‘Hear, O Israel. The Lord our God is Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind and all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.

And the second is like to it. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There are no other commandments greater than these.

The scribe said to Jesus, “Excellent Teacher, you are right in saying, ‘He is one and there is no other than He.’ Yes, to love him with all our heart and all our mind and all our soul and all our strength and to love our neighbor as ourself is worth more than any burnt offering and sacrifice.’

Jesus approved his answer and told him, “You are not far from the reign of God”. And no one had the courage to ask him any more questions.

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

  1. This scribe comes with a docile spirit.       His question is fair and he accepts Jesus answer.
  2. To emphasize this total consecration to God alone, Jews multiply images – heart, mind, will, strength.
  3. Jesus adds a surprise. To this great commandment (known by all), he adds a second command, to love our neighbor.
  4. In these two commands, Jesus has summed up his whole gospel.
  5. The scribe agrees. Loving God and neighbor are more important than even temple sacrifices.
  6. The scribe is close to the Kingdom.       Now, he needs only to believe that Jesus is Messiah and Lord.

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

  1. O Jesus, I consecrate myself to you – heart and mind, soul and strength. Anything less is unworthy of you.
  2. O Jesus, give me a spirit docile to your commands.
  3. O Jesus, when you enter my heart so does the whole world. Everyone becomes my neighbor.
  4. You loved totally – even to your death on the cross.
  5. Love is a total immolation. O Jesus, I offer you my heart.
  6. You are love, Jesus. I choose you as the bridegroom of my soul.

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

  1. I will set aside time today for God alone.
  2. I will love my neighbor in thought, word and deed.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

Hear, O Israel. The Lord our God is Lord alone.

JUNE 1, 2016 – WEEK NINE – WEDNESDAY – LIVING LIKE ANGELS

(Mark 12:18-27)

Prayer – O Lord, I want to live with you forever in heaven.

Imagination – (Picture Jesus in confrontation with the Sadducees.)

Context:

The Sadducees (unlike the Pharisees) did not believe in the immortality of the soul and the resurrection of the dead. They present to Jesus what seems to us a foolish problem. A woman marries seven times. After each husband dies, she marries again. The Sadducees want to know whose wife she will be in heaven. In refuting their argument, Jesus explains life in heaven.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Some Sadducees confronted Jesus (the ones who do not believe in the resurrection). They spoke of seven brothers who married this woman, beginning with the eldest. Each husband died and, then, the woman died. They asked, “At the resurrection, when they all come back to life, whose wife will she be?”

Jesus said to them, “You are badly misled because you fail to understand the scriptures or the power of God. When people rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage but live like angels in heaven.

As to the raising of the dead, have you not read what Moses wrote in the passage about the burning bush, how God told him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob?’ He is the God of the living, not of the dead. You are mistaken.”

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

  1. Heaven is much greater than earth.
  2. The Sadducees did not realize how God’s power forms our glorified, risen body.
  3. Jesus sees heaven in all its reality. To have a spouse and children helps our earthly loneliness.       With God in heaven, no one is lonely. All are rejoicing.
  4. The risen body enjoys all the privileges of angels.
  5. The person is totally changed into a son of the resurrection and a son of God.
  6. At the burning bush, God identified himself with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They had gained heavenly life. This is our goal.

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

  1. O Jesus, someday you will give me a glorified, risen body, just like yours.
  2. Jesus, in heaven, my heart will be filled with your love.
  3. I will not suffer. I will not die. I will live forever, with you, Jesus.
  4. Help me, Lord, to do everything possible so I am judged worthy of this “age to come”.
  5. You will change me, Jesus. By your resurrection, I will be a son of glory and a son of the eternal Father.
  6. You will give me life in abundance. I will watch and wait for your coming.

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

  1. Today, I will think often of my heavenly home.
  2. I will think of what steps I can take to be found worthy.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

They live like angels in heaven.

MAY 31, 2016 – WEEK NINE – TUESDAY – RENDER TO GOD WHAT IS GOD’S

(Matthew 22:15-21)

Prayer –O Lord, let me give you everything.

Imagination – (Picture Jesus confronted by the Pharisees.)

Context:

Israel had two political groups. One sought total allegiance to Rome. Others sought independence, even by war if necessary. The Pharisees, by this question, hope to trip Jesus, forcing him to take one political position or another. By using the coin, Jesus evades the question, and gives a clear principal to decide these political questions.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

The Pharisees talked among themselves about how to ensnare Jesus in speech. They sent their disciples with the Herodians saying, ‘Master, we know you are truthful and teach God’s way sincerely. You seek no one’s favor and do not act out of human respect. Therefore, tell us what you think. Is it lawful to pay tribute to Caesar or not? Jesus, knowing their hypocrisy said, “Why do you tempt me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.”

When they handed him a small Roman coin, he asked them, “Whose inscription is this?” “Caesar’s”, they replied. He said, “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” Their amazement knew no bounds.

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

  1. The Pharisees are not open to Jesus’ word because they have their own ideas.
  2. They begin with flattery, trying to hide their inner wickedness.
  3. What they say is true. Jesus is truthful, a man from God, who does not seek human favor.
  4. Jesus reads their hearts. They are hypocrites, pretending to be his friend but ready to betray him.
  5. They bring forth their deadly question, which is meant to destroy Jesus’ popularity.
  6. Jesus’ wisdom is greater and he wins the debate.
  7. What is important is that we give God all we owe.

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

  1. Jesus, change my heart, make it open to your word.
  2. Reveal my inner wickedness. Strip me of all pretense. Let me stand naked in your truth.
  3. O Jesus, you have come from God and you have returned to God.       You are my way to the Father.
  4. O Jesus, I surrender all my rights into your loving hands.       Whom else should I trust?
  5. What do I owe you, Lord? Everything!

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

  1. I will see Jesus as the One sent by the Father.
  2. I will give Jesus all that is his.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Render to God, what is God’s.

MAY 30, 2016 – WEEK NINE – MONDAY – THE WICKED TENANTS

(Mark 12:1-12)

Prayer: O Jesus, I will give you all of the harvest.

Imagination (Picture Jesus with His disciples.)

Context:

Jesus bases this parable upon actual circumstances. In Galilee there were many foreign owners who leased the land to tenants. God is the owner and these tenants are the Scribes who claim to possess God’s word. However, they kill the Son so that the owner will give the vineyard to new tenants. This is a crisis parable which is meant to wake you up!

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

A man planted a vineyard and then leased it out to tenant farmers and went on a journey. In due time, he dispatched a man to gain his share of the produce.

However, they beat him and sent him off empty handed. He sent another. They beat him shamefully. He sent another and they killed him. He sent even more. They beat some and killed others.

Finally, he sent his only son thinking that they would show him respect. But the tenants said to one another, “This one will inherit everything. Let us kill him and the vineyard will be ours.”

What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will destroy those tenants and give the vineyard over to others.

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

  1. God has given you the vineyard of your faith. He expects the fruits of worship and goodness.
  2. He sends preachers and teachers to remind you of your duties.       Do not ignore them.
  3. He sends interior messengers, his inspirations within you.       Do not reject them.
  4. He sends the light of your conscience. Do not extinguish this.
  5. Finally, he sends a Fear of the Lord. What do you do with that?
  6. Wake up or else you will lose your faith and your immortal soul.

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

  1. Jesus, I thank you for my faith.
  2. You have given me the vineyard of eternal life.
  3. What do you want of me, O Lord, so I can be your faithful tenant?
  4. O Jesus, let me never forget that you are the owner of my soul.
  5. Send your messengers, O Lord. Ask for all the rent you want. I will give anything to remain in your vineyard!

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

  1. I will give God his share of this day. I will pray and help others.
  2. I will find time to thank God for my gift of faith.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

All the owner wanted was his rent.

MAY 29, 2016 – WEEK NINE – SUNDAY (C) – A CENTURION WITH GREAT FAITH

(Luke 7:1-10) 

Prayer: O Jesus, fill me with faith in all that you can do.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with the Centurion.)

Context:

Since Christianity had spread to the Gentile world, Luke was extremely interested in Gentiles who experienced Jesus’ power. This Gentile centurion is a special person. He believed that Jesus could heal at a distance (unheard of in Judaism). Even Jesus proclaims his extraordinary faith.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him saying, “Lord, my servant is at home in bed paralyzed, suffering painfully. Jesus said, “I will come and heal him. The centurion answered, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but say but the word and my servant shall be healed.

I also am a man subject to authority, having soldiers under me. I say to this one, ‘Go’ and he goes. To another, ‘Come’ and he comes. To my servant ‘Do this’ and he does it.”

Hearing this, Jesus was amazed and said to the crowd who followed him. “Amen I say to you, I have not found such great faith in Israel.” When they returned home, they found the servant in perfect health.

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

  1. The centurion has complete and total faith in Jesus’ power to heal.
  2. Jesus also is aware of his power, proclaiming “I will come and heal him.”
  3. The extraordinary parts of this story are the centurion’s great humility (I am not worthy) and his faith that Jesus’ powers are not limited by distance (“say but the word”).
  4. Jesus highlights the centurion’s faith.       He has never seen Jewish people with that level of belief.
  5. The faith is rewarded. The servant is healed.

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

  1. O Jesus, I have total faith in your powers.
  2. You want me to come to you and plead for my loved ones.
  3. You claim all authority in heaven and on earth.
  4. I believe, Jesus, that you have all the power of the Father.
  5. Just speak your word, Jesus and all is made new.

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

  1. Every day, I will bring to Jesus all that needs to be healed – my body, my soul, my relationships, my memories.
  2. Today, I will live by faith in the power of Jesus.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

The centurion knew that Jesus had done this. He and his whole household believed.