DECEMBER 3, 2016 – WEEK ONE OF ADVENT – SATURDAY – THE GOOD NEWS OF GOD’S REIGN

(Matthew 9:35-10:8)

Prayer: O Jesus, your goodness is everywhere.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with his disciples, healing the crowds).

Context:

The advent gospels are filled with Jesus’ compassion and power. That compassion brings forth physical healings and makes Jesus a shepherd to the poor. Unable to do all by himself, he shares his powers with the twelve.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were prostrate from exhaustion, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great but the laborers are few. Pray, therefore, that the Lord of the harvest would send laborers into his harvest.”

Calling his twelve disciples together, he gave them power to cast out unclean spirits and to heal all kinds of sickness and disease. He gave these instructions, “Do not go to pagan territory and do not enter a Samaritan town. Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make the announcement, “The reign of God is at hand”. Cure the sick. Raise the dead. Heal the lepers. Expel demons. The gift you have received, give as a gift.”

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

  1. Jesus is indefatigable. He is everywhere – towns, villages, synagogues and street corners. He does everything. He heals, raises from the dead, and expels demons.
  2. The gospel reveals his inner thoughts. He is filled with compassion because the people are worn out.
  3. He will be their shepherd, taking up a difficult and thankless task.
  4. His heart conceives a new plan. He will multiply this work by sharing his powers with the faithful apostles.
  5. Jesus loves Israel, his people. The disciples must go there first. Time is limited.
  6. They must preach his message that the Kingdom of God is at hand. This alone prepares for his coming.
  7. He gives them the Kingdom’s powers – to heal and expel demons.

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

  1. Jesus, you are everywhere. You do all things. You seek me out. You speak in my heart.
  2. You reveal your heart. You are filled with compassion. Every action is for my benefit.
  3. You see me worn out. You see me burdened. “ I will make you my sheep”, you say.
  4. You have sent others for me. You have given me a Church to preach your Kingdom and a Eucharistic table to nourish me.
  5. You love your people. You love those who are baptized and believe in you.
  6. Your gifts are freely given and freely received. Your abundance is everywhere.

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

  1. I will be aware that Jesus is everywhere.
  2. I will think of his great love for me.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Make the announcement, “The reign of God is at hand.”

DECEMBER 2, 2016 – WEEK ONE OF ADVENT – FRIDAY – HEALING THE BLIND

(Matthew 9:27-31)

Prayer: O Jesus, make me confident that you can make me see.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with his disciples.)

Context:

After raising the little girl to life, Jesus encounters two blind men. They give him the Messianic title, “Son of David” and proclaim that they have confidence that he can heal them Filled with joy after being healed, they disobey Jesus and tell everyone the good news. That is Advent – a time to tell everyone that the Lord is coming.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Two blind men cried out, saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us”. When Jesus got to the house, they caught up with him. Jesus said, “Do you believe that I can do this for you?” They said, “Yes, Lord”.

Then he touched their eyes saying, ‘Let it be done to you according to your faith”. Their eyes were opened and Jesus strictly told them, “See that no one knows of this.” But they went and spread his fame all over the countryside.

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

  1. The men are determined. First, they meet Jesus. Then, they follow him to the house. They will not be put off.
  2. They know he is the Messiah. He is the “Son of David”, the promised one.
  3. How fortunate that he came to their village.
  4. Jesus questions them directly. Do they believe he can do this?
  5. He is their Lord, certainly he can heal them.
  6. Jesus’ creating hand touches them. Power pours out “according to their faith.”
  7. The healing proves that they did have faith.
  8. Jesus wants to remain unknown but their joy is too great. They tell everyone. It is like Christmas.

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

  1. O Jesus, I will follow you. I will pursue you, no matter where you go.
  2. You are the Messiah. The fullness of Davidic power resides in you.
  3. Jesus, how fortunate I am when faith stirs within me!
  4. Have mercy on me, Jesus. Have mercy on me.
  5. “Do I believe?” you ask. How can I not believe”? I know your power.
  6. Fill me with Advent expectancy.
  7. Bless me and I will tell the whole world.

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

  1. During Advent, I will try to speak of Jesus.
  2. I will be a person of faith, believing in Jesus’ power to help me.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Let it be done to you according to your faith.

DECEMBER 1, 2016 – WEEK ONE OF ADVENT – THURSDAY – THE PARABLE OF THE TWO HOUSES

(Matthew 7:24-27) 

Prayer – O Jesus, I will put your word into practice so my house will always stand.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with His disciples.)

Context:

Jesus chooses an example from the people’s daily experiences. In Israel, the rains come suddenly. A dry canal becomes quickly a raging stream. This parable is an excellent example of the sudden, unexpected moment of trial or judgment.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud).

Everyone who hears my words and acts on them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rains fell. The floods came. The winds blew against that house, but it did not fall for it was founded on rock.

Everyone who hears my words and does not act on them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rains fell. The floods came. The winds blew against that house. It collapsed and its fall was total.

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

  1. Jesus speaks this parable to believers who have heard his words.
  2. Some are wise enough to put the words into practice. Others are foolish and do not live out the words.
  3. Both houses are the same. The difference lies in their foundations on strong rock or on weak sand.
  4. The wind, the rains and the floodings are the moment of truth, the time of reckoning. Both houses experience the same destructive powers.
  5. The results are completely opposite. One remains unharmed. The other collapses.
  6. Jesus warning is stark and evident. You must build your life on God’s word.

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

  1. Jesus, I have your word. I know your teaching. I will act. I will put into practice.
  2. Jesus, your word is abundant. I will act on it and put it into practice.
  3. O Lord, what do I build my life on? The rock of your teaching or the sand of my desires?
  4. Let your word, O Lord, penetrate my heart!
  5. How can I build my life on your word, unless I meditate on it daily.
  6. O Lord, if I live by your word, my life will not collapse.

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

  1. I will apply these meditations to my daily way of acting.
  2. I will honestly examine the parts of my life built upon sand.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

The wise man built his house upon rock.

NOVEMBER 30, 2016 – 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 countless blessings, distributed freely to those who await him.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Large crowds came to Jesus, bringing with them the cripples, the deformed, the blind, the mute and many others besides. They laid them at his feet and he cured them. The crowds marveled to see the mute speaking and the deformed made whole, cripples walking about and the blind seeing. They glorified the God of Israel.

Jesus called together his disciples, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me three days with nothing to eat. I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint on the way. The disciples answered, “Where can we find so many loaves in this deserted place to feed so many? Jesus asked, “How many loaves do you have? They said, “Seven and a few little fishes.”

He commanded the crowd to sit down, and taking the seven loaves and the fishes, giving thanks, he broke and gave to his disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and had their fill, and seven baskets of fragments were left over.

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

  1. Each person has a need. Some are sick. Some are hungry. Jesus takes care of them all.
  2. The crowds show great faith. They take extraordinary efforts to bring the crippled and the blind to this deserted place.
  3. They know the source of the healings.       They place their sick at Jesus’ feet.
  4. The crowds do not complain of their hunger.       They have freely chosen to stay three days.
  5. Seeing their fatigue, Jesus initiates the multiplication. The scene is like the Last Supper. Jesus takes bread, blesses, breaks and gives to the disciples.
  6. An abundance results. All are satisfied. The seven baskets left over are meant for us.

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

  1. O Jesus, when will I learn to place all my needs at your feet?
  2. My faith draws me to you. Nothing will keep me back.
  3. Your power is unlimited, going forth to whomever draws near.
  4. You are thoughtful, Jesus. Even when I do not ask, you provide.
  5. Your Eucharist is every day. I will come to the table.
  6. Jesus, I will gather up all your blessings.       None will go to waste.

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

  1. Today, I will bring my greatest need to Jesus.       It is Advent and I must believe.
  2. I will receive Holy Communion as often as possible during this season.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

The crowd marveled to see the mute speaking and the cripples walking.

NOVEMBER 29, 2016 – WEEK ONE OF ADVENT – TUESDAY – REVEALED TO THE CHILDREN

(Luke 10:21-24)

Prayer – Lord Jesus, give me a humble and accepting heart.

Imagination: (Imagine Jesus reprimanding his disciples.)

Context:

Jesus sent out 72 disciples to proclaim the Kingdom. They have just returned with all the good news of their successes. This text is filled with rejoicing. Advent, unlike Lent, is a time to rejoice because “The Lord is near.”

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 because the disciples are understanding the Kingdom.
  2. This understanding is withheld from the worldly wise and prudent.
  3. Jesus credits his heavenly Father, who has revealed these mysteries to the little ones.
  4. Jesus has the power to reveal even the Father himself.
  5. Jesus will reveal these mysteries to all. First, they must become his disciple.

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

  1. Jesus, reveal to me the mysteries of the Kingdom.
  2. Even more, reveal the Father himself.
  3. As my heart is caught up with the Father, You will rejoice in me.
  4. When I was wise and prudent, you could not do this. Now, I am your little one.
  5. 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 the mysteries of Jesus’ Kingdom.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

The Son reveals the Father to whomever he wishes.

NOVEMBER 28, 2016 – WEEK ONE OF ADVENT – MONDAY – A CENTURION WITH GREAT FAITH

(Matthew 8:5-11)

Prayer: O Jesus, fill me with faith in your power.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with the Centurion.)

Context:

Advent is a time of faith and the church selects the Gentile centurion as the first model. 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 that I have not found such great faith in Israel. Many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of heaven, while the natural heirs will be cast out into the dark.”

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

  1. The centurion has complete and total faith in Jesus’ power to heal.
  2. Jesus is totally aware of his own powers. He proclaims “I will come and heal him.”
  3. The centurion is extraordinary for his great humility (I am not worthy) and for his faith (that Jesus could heal at a distance).
  4. Jesus proclaims that he has never seen Jewish people with that level of belief.
  5. Jesus predicts that many Gentiles will enter the Kingdom by having the same faith.

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

  1. Jesus, I will come to you in all my needs.
  2. O Jesus, your power can accomplish all things, anywhere and anytime.
  3. Nothing limits your power.
  4. Jesus, I am not worthy but you will act in my soul.
  5. Your Kingdom is open to all. The whole world is invited.
  6. Just speak your word, Jesus and I will be healed.
  7. O Jesus, place great faith in my heart.

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

  1. Today I will bring to Jesus all that needs to be healed – my body, my soul, my relationships, my memories.
  2. I will have great desires to be at Jesus’ banquet.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

I have not found such great faith in all of Israel.

NOVEMBER 27, 2016 – WEEK ONE OF ADVENT – SUNDAY (A) – NOT PREPARED FOR THE COMING

(Matthew 24:36-41)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, prepare for Jesus’ coming.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus warning His disciples to be alert.)

Context:

Strangely enough, we begin the liturgical year with Jesus speaking about how to prepare for the end of the world. He uses Noah as an example. He prepared for the sudden flood, and we, too, will be taken suddenly from our daily situation.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said to his disciples, “The coming of the Son of Man will repeat what happened in Noah’s time. In the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and being married, right up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They were totally unconcerned until the flood came and destroyed them.

So will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field. One will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal. One will be taken and another left. Stay awake, therefore, you cannot know the day that the Lord is coming.

Be sure of this: if the owner of the house knew when the thief was coming, he would watch and not allow his house to be broken into. You, also, must be ready, because at the hour you do not know, the Son of Man will come.

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

  1. Eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage are daily activities of normal life.
  2. Unfortunately, a flood was coming. Noah alone knew how to prepare.
  3. Noah symbolizes the suddenness of Jesus’ return and the need to watch.
  4. The person taken is the disciple who enters the Kingdom.
  5. The person left behind will not get in.
  6. Since no one knows when the thief comes, the owner must keep watch.

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

  1. O Jesus, when will you come for me?
  2. I must watch for you.
  3. O Jesus, too much buying and selling, eating and drinking, fill my day.
  4. I must set them aside.
  5. Teach me to prepare today for your coming.
  6. Can I not find time for you?
  7. Help me, Jesus. I treasure your kingdom.
  8. Come soon, while I am still watching.

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

  1. I will make time every day for mental prayer.
  2. I will not be absorbed in buying, selling, eating and drinking.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

You must be ready.

DECEMBER 5, 2015 – WEEK ONE OF ADVENT – SATURDAY – THE GOOD NEWS OF GOD’S REIGN

(Matthew 9:35-10:8)

Prayer: O Jesus, your goodness is everywhere.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with his disciples, healing the crowds).

Context:

The advent gospels are filled with Jesus’ compassion and power. That compassion brings forth physical healings and makes Jesus a shepherd to the poor. Unable to do all by himself, he shares his powers with the twelve.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were prostrate from exhaustion, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great but the laborers are few. Pray, therefore, that the Lord of the harvest would send laborers into his harvest.”

Calling his twelve disciples together, he gave them power to cast out unclean spirits and to heal all kinds of sickness and disease. He gave these instructions, “Do not go to pagan territory and do not enter a Samaritan town. Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make the announcement, “The reign of God is at hand”. Cure the sick. Raise the dead. Heal the lepers. Expel demons. The gift you have received, give as a gift.”

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

  1. Jesus is indefatigable. He is everywhere – towns, villages, synagogues and street corners. He does everything. He heals, raises from the dead, and expels demons.
  2. The gospel reveals his inner thoughts. He is filled with compassion because the people are worn out.
  3. He will be their shepherd, taking up a difficult and thankless task.
  4. His heart conceives a new plan. He will multiply this work by sharing his powers with the faithful apostles.
  5. Jesus loves Israel, his people. The disciples must go there first. Time is limited.
  6. They must preach his message that the Kingdom of God is at hand. This alone prepares for his coming.
  7. He gives them the Kingdom’s powers – to heal and expel demons.

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

  1. Jesus, you are everywhere. You do all things. You seek me out. You speak in my heart.
  2. You reveal your heart. You are filled with compassion. Every action is for my benefit.
  3. You see me worn out. You see me burdened. “ I will make you my sheep”, you say.
  4. You have sent others for me. You have given me a Church to preach your Kingdom and a Eucharistic table to nourish me.
  5. You love your people. You love those who are baptized and believe in you.
  6. Your gifts are freely given and freely received. Your abundance is everywhere.

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

  1. I will be aware that Jesus is everywhere.
  2. I will think of his great love for me.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Make the announcement, “The reign of God is at hand.”

DECEMBER 4, 2015 – WEEK ONE OF ADVENT – FRIDAY – HEALING THE BLIND

(Matthew 9:27-31)

Prayer: O Jesus, make me confident that you can make me see.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with his disciples.)

Context:

After raising the little girl to life, Jesus encounters two blind men. They give him the Messianic title, “Son of David” and proclaim that they have confidence that he can heal them Filled with joy after being healed, they disobey Jesus and tell everyone the good news. That is Advent – a time to tell everyone that the Lord is coming.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Two blind men cried out, saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us”. When Jesus got to the house, they caught up with him. Jesus said, “Do you believe that I can do this for you?” They said, “Yes, Lord”.

Then he touched their eyes saying, ‘Let it be done to you according to your faith”. Their eyes were opened and Jesus strictly told them, “See that no one knows of this.” But they went and spread his fame all over the countryside.

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

  1. The men are determined. First, they meet Jesus. Then, they follow him to the house. They will not be put off.
  2. They know he is the Messiah. He is the “Son of David”, the promised one.
  3. How fortunate that he came to their village.
  4. Jesus questions them directly. Do they believe he can do this?
  5. He is their Lord, certainly he can heal them.
  6. Jesus’ creating hand touches them. Power pours out “according to their faith.”
  7. The healing proves that they did have faith.
  8. Jesus wants to remain unknown but their joy is too great. They tell everyone. It is like Christmas.

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

  1. O Jesus, I will follow you. I will pursue you, no matter where you go.
  2. You are the Messiah. The fullness of Davidic power resides in you.
  3. Jesus, how fortunate I am when faith stirs within me!
  4. Have mercy on me, Jesus. Have mercy on me.
  5. “Do I believe?” you ask. How can I not believe”? I know your power.
  6. Fill me with Advent expectancy.
  7. Bless me and I will tell the whole world.

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

  1. During Advent, I will try to speak of Jesus.
  2. I will be a person of faith, believing in Jesus’ power to help me.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Let it be done to you according to your faith.

DECEMBER 3, 2015 – WEEK ONE OF ADVENT – THURSDAY – THE PARABLE OF THE TWO HOUSES

(Matthew 7:24-27)

Prayer – O Jesus, I will put your word into practice so my house will always stand.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with His disciples.)

Context:

Jesus chooses an example from the people’s daily experiences. In Israel, the rains come suddenly. A dry canal becomes quickly a raging stream. This parable is an excellent example of the sudden, unexpected moment of trial or judgment.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud).

Everyone who hears my words and acts on them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rains fell. The floods came. The winds blew against that house, but it did not fall for it was founded on rock.

Everyone who hears my words and does not act on them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rains fell. The floods came. The winds blew against that house. It collapsed and its fall was total.

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

  1. Jesus speaks this parable to believers who have heard his words.
  2. Some are wise enough to put the words into practice. Others are foolish and do not live out the words.
  3. Both houses are the same. The difference lies in their foundations on strong rock or on weak sand.
  4. The wind, the rains and the floodings are the moment of truth, the time of reckoning. Both houses experience the same destructive powers.
  5. The results are completely opposite. One remains unharmed. The other collapses.
  6. Jesus warning is stark and evident. You must build your life on God’s word.

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

  1. Jesus, I have your word. I know your teaching. I will act. I will put into practice.
  2. Jesus, your word is abundant. I will act on it and put it into practice.
  3. O Lord, what do I build my life on? The rock of your teaching or the sand of my desires?
  4. Let your word, O Lord, penetrate my heart!
  5. How can I build my life on your word, unless I meditate on it daily.
  6. O Lord, if I live by your word, my life will not collapse.

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

  1. I will apply these meditations to my daily way of acting.
  2. I will honestly examine the parts of my life built upon sand.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

The wise man built his house upon rock.

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 countless blessings, distributed freely to those who await him.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Large crowds came to Jesus, bringing with them the cripples, the deformed, the blind, the mute and many others besides. They laid them at his feet and he cured them. The crowds marveled to see the mute speaking and the deformed made whole, cripples walking about and the blind seeing. They glorified the God of Israel.

Jesus called together his disciples, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me three days with nothing to eat. I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint on the way. The disciples answered, “Where can we find so many loaves in this deserted place to feed so many? Jesus asked, “How many loaves do you have? They said, “Seven and a few little fishes.”

He commanded the crowd to sit down, and taking the seven loaves and the fishes, giving thanks, he broke and gave to his disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and had their fill, and seven baskets of fragments were left over.

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

  1. Each person has a need. Some are sick. Some are hungry. Jesus takes care of them all.
  2. The crowds show great faith. They take extraordinary efforts to bring the crippled and the blind to this deserted place.
  3. They know the source of the healings.       They place their sick at Jesus’ feet.
  4. The crowds do not complain of their hunger.       They have freely chosen to stay three days.
  5. Seeing their fatigue, Jesus initiates the multiplication. The scene is like the Last Supper. Jesus takes bread, blesses, breaks and gives to the disciples.
  6. An abundance results. All are satisfied. The seven baskets left over are meant for us.

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

  1. O Jesus, when will I learn to place all my needs at your feet?
  2. My faith draws me to you. Nothing will keep me back.
  3. Your power is unlimited, going forth to whomever draws near.
  4. You are thoughtful, Jesus. Even when I do not ask, you provide.
  5. Your Eucharist is every day. I will come to the table.
  6. Jesus, I will gather up all your blessings.       None will go to waste.

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

  1. Today, I will bring my greatest need to Jesus.       It is Advent and I must believe.
  2. I will receive Holy Communion as often as possible during this season.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

The crowd marveled to see the mute speaking and the cripples walking.

DECEMBER 1, 2015 – WEEK ONE OF ADVENT – TUESDAY – REVEALED TO THE CHILDREN

(Luke 10:21-24)

Prayer – Lord Jesus, give me a humble and accepting heart.

Imagination: (Imagine Jesus reprimanding his disciples.)

Context:

Jesus sent out 72 disciples to proclaim the Kingdom. They have just returned with all the good news of their successes. This text is filled with rejoicing. Advent, unlike Lent, is a time to rejoice because “The Lord is near.”

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 because the disciples are understanding the Kingdom.
  2. This understanding is withheld from the worldly wise and prudent.
  3. Jesus credits his heavenly Father, who has revealed these mysteries to the little ones.
  4. Jesus has the power to reveal even the Father himself.
  5. Jesus will reveal these mysteries to all. First, they must become his disciple.

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

  1. Jesus, reveal to me the mysteries of the Kingdom.
  2. Even more, reveal the Father himself.
  3. As my heart is caught up with the Father, You will rejoice in me.
  4. When I was wise and prudent, you could not do this. Now, I am your little one.
  5. 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 the mysteries of Jesus’ Kingdom.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

The Son reveals the Father to whomever he wishes.

NOVEMBER 30, 2015 – WEEK ONE OF ADVENT – MONDAY – A CENTURION WITH GREAT FAITH

(Matthew 8:5-11)

Prayer: O Jesus, fill me with faith in your power.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with the Centurion.)

Context:

Advent is a time of faith and the church selects the Gentile centurion as the first model. 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 that I have not found such great faith in Israel. Many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of heaven, while the natural heirs will be cast out into the dark.”

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

  1. The centurion has complete and total faith in Jesus’ power to heal.
  2. Jesus is totally aware of his own powers. He proclaims “I will come and heal him.”
  3. The centurion is extraordinary for his great humility (I am not worthy) and for his faith (that Jesus could heal at a distance).
  4. Jesus proclaims that he has never seen Jewish people with that level of belief.
  5. Jesus predicts that many Gentiles will enter the Kingdom by having the same faith.

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

  1. Jesus, I will come to you in all my needs.
  2. O Jesus, your power can accomplish all things, anywhere and anytime.
  3. Nothing limits your power.
  4. Jesus, I am not worthy but you will act in my soul.
  5. Your Kingdom is open to all. The whole world is invited.
  6. Just speak your word, Jesus and I will be healed.
  7. O Jesus, place great faith in my heart.

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

  1. Today I will bring to Jesus all that needs to be healed – my body, my soul, my relationships, my memories.
  2. I will have great desires to be at Jesus’ banquet.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

I have not found such great faith in all of Israel.