WEEK TEN – SATURDAY – JUNE 17, 2017 SIMPLICITY OF SPEECH (MT. 5:33-37)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Sanctify my words.

Imagination Picture Jesus teaching his disciples to practice simplicity in their speech.

Context:

People often call upon God to witness their lie. To avoid this, a Jew might substitute for God’s name a holy place or holy thing. Jesus says that this is still a vow. The heart of a disciple should be simple and his speech be marked by simplicity.
No need to swear by God.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said to his disciples, “You have heard it said ‘Do not take a false oath,
but make good to the Lord what you vow’. But I say to you, ‘Do not swear at all, neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne;
nor by earth, for it is his footstall; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Do not swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair black or white.

Let your speech be ‘Yes’ when you mean ‘Yes’, and ‘No’ when you mean ‘No”. Anything beyond that is from the evil one.”

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

  1. Each day, you speak thousands of words. Many of these are false, or self-serving.
  2. The Jews used “Heaven”, “earth”, and “Jerusalem” to substitute for God’s name. God should not be invoked for our interests.
  3. Purify your words, and you will make great progress in the Kingdom.
  4. Holiness changes our speech. Words flow more simply and more in accord with truth.
  5. Say what needs to be said. Make your speech helpful and encouraging. Serve others and not yourself.
  6. Be faithful to your words. Your yesis yes. Your no is no.

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

  1. O Jesus, how important is my tongue.
  2. Make my words a gentle stream, always refreshing others.
  3. Guard my lips, O Lord. Put your seal on my mouth.
  4. O Jesus, I will speak words of truth from my heart.
  5. Lord, remove all deceit from my lips.
  6. O Jesus, if I do not to sin with my tongue, then, “I will be a perfect man”. (James 3:2)

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

  1. I will speak less today. Holding my tongue when the words are hurtful or deceitful.
  2. I will try to praise others, encouraging them with kind words.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

Say “yes” when you mean “yes”. “No” when you mean “No”.

WEEK TEN – FRIDAY – JUNE 16, 2017 PURITY (MT. 5:27-30)

Prayer: Holy Spirit. Fill me with your purity of heart.

Imagination (Picture Jesus teaching His disciples to be pure.)

Context:

Jesus continues to contrast Old Testament teaching with his new demands
concerning purity. He uses graphic images of removing eyes and hands to symbolize
the detachment needed to avoid sin.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus taught his disciples about the purity demanded in the Kingdom,
“You have heard it said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’. However, I say to you that whoever shall look upon a woman with lust,
has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away. It is better for one of your members to perish than for the whole body to be cast into Gehenna.

If your right hand causes you to sin, then cut it off and throw it away. It is better that one of your members should perish, than your whole body go to Gehenna.”

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

  1. Jesus teaches that actions flow from your inner desires. So, His Kingdom must bring about an internal change.
  2. Avoiding external adultery is not enough. Lust must be attacked at its source, in your inner drives and deepest feelings.
  3. Only the Holy Spirit can purify your heart and free you.
  4. The Spirit must restrain your eyes from seeing and your hands from touching. This fulfills Jesus’ command “to cut them off.”
  5. The Kingdom gives you a full purity. The lust-filled world condemns this purity as useless. Jesus values it highly.

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

  1. O Lord, create in me a pure heart.
  2. Release your Spirit of chastity in my inner feelings.
  3. How I struggle, O Lord, how I struggle! But, you encourage me in the battle.
  4. O my Guardian Angel, keep a guard over my inner and outer senses.
  5. If I struggle to keep your demands, I will be with you forever.

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

  1. I will deepen my devotion to the all-pure, Virgin mother of Jesus. She will help me.
  2. I will examine those sexual attractions which I should remove.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

The purity of Jesus’ Kingdom is man’s greatest freedom.

WEEK TEN – THURSDAY – JUNE 15, 2017 ANGER (MT 5:21-24)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Let your gentleness overcome my anger.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching his disciples to reconcile.)

Context:

Jesus teaches a “greater goodness” which is demanded by the holiness of this new Kingdom. In this gospel, he compares the Old Testament teaching on anger and his new teaching. Jesus desires a oneness among his disciples by avoiding anger.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus taught the disciples about anger, saying, “You have heard it said,
‘You shall not kill’ and ‘Whoever kills shall be liable to judgment’. But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of judgment. Whoever shall say to his brother, ‘Raqa’ shall be in danger of the council. Whoever shall say ‘You fool’ shall be in danger of hell fire.

If you come to the altar to offer your gift and remember that your brother has
anything against you, leave your offering before the altar and go first to be
reconciled to your brother. Then come and offer your gift.”

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

  1. Jesus raises the Old Law to a new level and invites the disciples to live at that new height.
  2. The law commanded only external compliance. Jesus’ Kingdom goes much deeper, into the disciples’ hearts.
  3. Jesus’ disciples must remove their inner anger. Then, violence will cease.
  4. He forbids angry words, so hatred has no hold.
  5. He even demands that the temple sacrifices be delayed until the disciples reconcile.
  6. Jesus gives new precedents and requires total selflessness.

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

  1. Jesus, make me gentle.
  2. Save me, O Lord, from the violent waters of anger. Bring me to the restful waters of your Spirit.
  3. Even on the cross, you spoke no angry word. You were silent as a lamb going to the slaughter.
  4. Release a river of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation within me.
  5. Reconcile me to all of my family and friends.
  6. O Jesus, I will drink deeply of your forgiveness.

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

  1. Today, I will forgive everyone who hurts me.
  2. I will reconcile with my enemies wherever possible.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

Leave your gift at the altar and go to be reconciled with your brother.

WEEK TEN – WEDNESDAY – JUNE 14, 2017 THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS (MT 5:17-20)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Make me great in Jesus’ Kingdom.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching his disciples about following the Law and the Prophets.)

Context:

“Law and prophets” means the whole Old Testament. Jesus wants his Church to retain these books and teach them to his disciples. At the same time, these books are not God’s final word or his greatest gift
because Jesus “fulfills” these laws and prophetic words.

Gospel text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not think that I have come to destroy the
law or the prophets. I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill. Amen I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter,
not even the smallest part of the letter will pass away, until all is fulfilled.

Whoever shall break one of these least commandments and teach others to do so,
will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever shall keep them and teach others to do so, shall be called great
in the Kingdom of heaven.

I tell you that unless your goodness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees,
you shall not enter the Kingdom of heaven.

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

  1. Jesus makes us God’s children.
  2. The disciple must keep God’s word in the law and the prophets.
  3. They must, also, teach others to live by God’s word.
  4. Then, they will be great in the Kingdom. They will be both doersand teachers.
  5. As disciples, they must go beyond the limited goodness of the scribes and Pharisees.
  6. Their tasks are heavy but their reward is great. They will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

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

  1. O Jesus, you have made me a child of the Father.
  2. Train me in your word, O Lord. Plant your truth in my heart.
  3. Let your word be a lamp for my feet and a guide for my path.
  4. Give me a zeal to instruct others in your word.
  5. May your power make me a doer of your word.
  6. You call me to be great in the Kingdom. I cherish your invitation.

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

  1. I will examine where I do not keep God’s law.
  2. I will read the Old Testament to see God’s words to Israel.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

Whoever keeps these commandments and teaches others will be great in the Kingdom.

WEEK TEN – TUESDAY – JUNE 13, 2017 SALT AND LIGHT (MT: 5-13-16)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Set me as a light on the lampstand.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus instructing his disciples.)

Context:

A disciple is someone who has made a decision to live totally for the Kingdom. In the gospels, Jesus explains what he expects of his disciples. The disciple must be salt, a power against food corrupting. He must also be a light, so men can see God’s goodness reflected in the disciple’s life.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

Jesus continued to teach his disciples on the mountain.

“You are the salt of the earth. If the salt loses its flavor, how will it be salted?
It is good for nothing except
to be cast out and trodden under foot.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountaintop cannot be hidden. Men do not light a candle and put it under a bushel basket, but upon the lampstand,
so it can give light to all in the house. Let your light shine before men so that they can see your good works and glorify
your heavenly Father.”

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

  1. Jesus does not exaggerate the truth. His disciples will bless the whole world.
  2. Jesus warns his disciples. The salt can lose its flavor. The light can be kept hidden.
  3. When disciples cease to be disciples, the world trods them under foot. They are useless.
  4. By allowing God to change their hearts, the disciple can show the world what God’s power can do.
  5. All will glorify the heavenly Father for what he has accomplished in the disciple.
  6. Jesus’ plan is very successful. We should follow it more often.

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

  1. Jesus, you call me to greatness in your Kingdom.
  2. Give me your salt – a taste for devotion, and a desire for the Kingdom.
  3. Let me be your candle, burning brightly and set on the highest place.
  4. Jesus, change my life. Then, I will have good works that shine out to others.
  5. O Father, all is for your glory!

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

  1. What must I do to foster personal devotion? What time should I find for prayer and spiritual reading?
  2. I will try to bless others by my good works.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world set upon a lampstand.

WEEK TEN – MONDAY – JUNE 12, 2017 THE FIRST FOUR BEATITUDES (5:3-6)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Form my heart according to Jesus’ teaching.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching the crowds.)

Context:

Jesus calls various groups “blessed”. However, anyone can choose to belong to these groups. A person can be poor in spirit, meek, mourning over the world’s sins, and hungering for justice. So, the door is open to everyone. In all four situations, the person is promised heaven (under different figures of speech).

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

Seeing the crowd, Jesus went up the mountain. When he sat down, his disciples came to him and he taught them, saying:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the land.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice.

They shall have their fill.

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

  1. When Jesus speaks to the crowds, he invites them into the Kingdom. Here, he speaks to disciples who are already members of his Kingdom.
  2. Because their hearts are set upon the Kingdom, they can understand Jesus’ teaching.
  3. A person is “Blessed” by being a member of the Kingdom.
  4. A person becomes a member by a personal decision to be poor in spirit,
    to mourn for the Kingdom, to be merciful, and to hunger for justice.
  5. If they persevere in these dispositions, they will receive the full reward of blessedness,
    an eternal kingdom.

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

  1. O Jesus, you invite me into your Kingdom.
  2. O Lord, I accept your offer.
  3. Reveal to me the Kingdom’s secrets, so I can embrace them.
  4. O Jesus, if I persevere in my decision, I will be blessed eternally.
  5. Right now, I give you my heart, my choices, and all my decisions.
  6. O Spirit of Jesus, form me. Form me in poverty of spirit, meekness, sorrow for the Kingdom and mercy for all.

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

  1. I will allow these teachings to form my thinking.
  2. I will rejoice that Jesus calls me “Blessed.”

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

The disciples came to Jesus and he taught them.

JUNE 11, 2016 – WEEK TEN – SATURDAY – SIMPLICITY OF SPEECH

(Matthew 5:33-37)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Sanctify my words.

Imagination   Picture Jesus teaching his disciples to practice simplicity in their speech.

Context:

People often call upon God to witness their lie. To avoid this, a Jew might substitute for God’s name a holy place or holy thing. Jesus says that this is still a vow. The heart of a disciple should be simple and his speech be marked by simplicity. No need to swear by God.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said to his disciples, “You have heard it said ‘Do not take a false oath, but make good to the Lord what you vow’. But I say to you, ‘Do not swear at all, neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by earth, for it is his footstall; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Do not swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair black or white.

Let your speech be ‘Yes’ when you mean ‘Yes’, and ‘No’ when you mean ‘No”. Anything beyond that is from the evil one.”

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

  1. Each day, you speak thousands of words.   Many of these are false, or self-serving.
  2. The Jews used “Heaven”, “earth”, and “Jerusalem” to substitute for God’s name. God should not be invoked for our interests.
  3. Purify your words, and you will make great progress in the Kingdom.
  4. Holiness changes our speech. Words flow more simply and more in accord with truth.
  5. Say what needs to be said. Make your speech helpful and encouraging. Serve others and not yourself.
  6. Be faithful to your words. Your yes is yes. Your no is no.

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

  1. O Jesus, how important is my tongue.
  2. Make my words a gentle stream, always refreshing others.
  3. Guard my lips, O Lord. Put your seal on my mouth.
  4. O Jesus, I will speak words of truth from my heart.
  5. Lord, remove all deceit from my lips.
  6. O Jesus, if I do not to sin with my tongue, then, “I will be a perfect man”. (James 3:2)

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

  1. I will speak less today. Holding my tongue when the words are hurtful or deceitful.
  2. I will try to praise others, encouraging them with kind words.

Thought for the Day   (To recall your meditation)

Say “yes” when you mean “yes”. “No” when you mean “No”.

JUNE 10, 2016 – WEEK TEN – FRIDAY – PURITY

(Matthew 5:27-30)

Prayer: Holy Spirit. Fill me with your purity of heart.

Imagination   (Picture Jesus teaching His disciples to be pure.)

Context:

Jesus continues to contrast Old Testament teaching with his new demands concerning purity. He uses graphic images of removing eyes and hands to symbolize the detachment needed to avoid sin.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus taught his disciples about the purity demanded in the Kingdom, “You have heard it said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’. However, I say to you that whoever shall look upon a woman with lust, has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away. It is better for one of your members to perish than for the whole body to be cast into Gehenna.

If your right hand causes you to sin, then cut it off and throw it away. It is better that one of your members should perish, than your whole body go to Gehenna.”

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

  1. Jesus teaches that actions flow from your inner desires. So, His Kingdom must bring about an internal change.
  2. Avoiding external adultery is not enough. Lust must be attacked at its source, in your inner drives and deepest feelings.
  3. Only the Holy Spirit can purify your heart and free you.
  4. The Spirit must restrain your eyes from seeing and your hands from touching. This fulfills Jesus’ command “to cut them off.”
  5. The Kingdom gives you a full purity. The lust-filled world condemns this purity as useless. Jesus values it highly.

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

  1. O Lord, create in me a pure heart.
  2. Release your Spirit of chastity in my inner feelings.
  3. How I struggle, O Lord, how I struggle! But, you encourage me in the battle.
  4. O my Guardian Angel, keep a guard over my inner and outer senses.
  5. If I struggle to keep your demands, I will be with you forever.

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

  1. I will deepen my devotion to the all-pure, Virgin mother of Jesus.       She will help me.
  2. I will examine those sexual attractions which I should remove.

Thought for the Day   (To recall your meditation)

The purity of Jesus’ Kingdom is man’s greatest freedom.

JUNE 9, 2016 – WEEK TEN – THURSDAY – ANGER

(Matthew 5:21-24)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Let your gentleness overcome my anger.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching his disciples to reconcile.)

Context:

Jesus teaches a “greater goodness” which is demanded by the holiness of this new Kingdom. In this gospel, he compares the Old Testament teaching on anger and his new teaching. Jesus desires a oneness among his disciples by avoiding anger.

Gospel Text (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus taught the disciples about anger, saying, “You have heard it said, ‘You shall not kill’ and ‘Whoever kills shall be liable to judgment’. But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of judgment. Whoever shall say to his brother, ‘Raqa’ shall be in danger of the council. Whoever shall say ‘You fool’ shall be in danger of hell fire.

If you come to the altar to offer your gift and remember that your brother has anything against you, leave your offering before the altar and go first to be reconciled to your brother. Then come and offer your gift.”

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

  1. Jesus raises the Old Law to a new level and invites the disciples to live at that new height.
  2. The law commanded only external compliance. Jesus’ Kingdom goes much deeper, into the disciples’ hearts.
  3. Jesus’ disciples must remove their inner anger. Then, violence will cease.
  4. He forbids angry words, so hatred has no hold.
  5. He even demands that the temple sacrifices be delayed until the disciples reconcile.
  6. Jesus gives new precedents and requires total selflessness.

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

  1. Jesus, make me gentle.
  2. Save me, O Lord, from the violent waters of anger. Bring me to the restful waters of your Spirit.
  3. Even on the cross, you spoke no angry word. You were silent as a lamb going to the slaughter.
  4. Release a river of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation within me.
  5. Reconcile me to all of my family and friends.
  6. O Jesus, I will drink deeply of your forgiveness.

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

  1. Today, I will forgive everyone who hurts me.
  2. I will reconcile with my enemies wherever possible.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

Leave your gift at the altar and go to be reconciled with your brother.

JUNE 8, 2016 – WEEK TEN – WEDNESDAY – THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS

(Matthew 5:17-20)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Make me great in Jesus’ Kingdom.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching his disciples about following the Law and the Prophets.)

Context:

“Law and prophets” means the whole Old Testament. Jesus wants his Church to retain these books and teach them to his disciples. At the same time, these books are not God’s final word or his greatest gift because Jesus “fulfills” these laws and prophetic words.

Gospel text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not think that I have come to destroy the law or the prophets. I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill. Amen I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter, not even the smallest part of the letter will pass away, until all is fulfilled.

Whoever shall break one of these least commandments and teach others to do so, will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever shall keep them and teach others to do so, shall be called great in the Kingdom of heaven.

I tell you that unless your goodness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the Kingdom of heaven.

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

  1. Jesus makes us God’s children.
  2. The disciple must keep God’s word in the law and the prophets.
  3. They must, also, teach others to live by God’s word.
  4. Then, they will be great in the Kingdom. They will be both doers and teachers.
  5. As disciples, they must go beyond the limited goodness of the scribes and Pharisees.
  6. Their tasks are heavy but their reward is great. They will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

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

  1. O Jesus, you have made me a child of the Father.
  2. Train me in your word, O Lord. Plant your truth in my heart.
  3. Let your word be a lamp for my feet and a guide for my path.
  4. Give me a zeal to instruct others in your word.
  5. May your power make me a doer of your word.
  6. You call me to be great in the Kingdom. I cherish your invitation.

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

  1. I will examine where I do not keep God’s law.
  2. I will read the Old Testament to see God’s words to Israel.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

Whoever keeps these commandments and teaches others will be great in the Kingdom.

JUNE 7, 2016 – WEEK TEN – TUESDAY – SALT AND LIGHT

(Matthew 5-13-16)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Set me as a light on the lampstand.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus instructing his disciples.)

Context:

A disciple is someone who has made a decision to live totally for the Kingdom. In the gospels, Jesus explains what he expects of his disciples. The disciple must be salt, a power against food corrupting. He must also be a light, so men can see God’s goodness reflected in the disciple’s life.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

Jesus continued to teach his disciples on the mountain.

“You are the salt of the earth. If the salt loses its flavor, how will it be salted? It is good for nothing except to be cast out and trodden under foot.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountaintop cannot be hidden. Men do not light a candle and put it under a bushel basket, but upon the lampstand, so it can give light to all in the house. Let your light shine before men so that they can see your good works and glorify your heavenly Father.”

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

  1. Jesus does not exaggerate the truth.   His disciples will bless the whole world.
  2. Jesus warns his disciples. The salt can lose its flavor. The light can be kept hidden.
  3. When disciples cease to be disciples, the world trods them under foot. They are useless.
  4. By allowing God to change their hearts, the disciple can show the world what God’s power can do.
  5. All will glorify the heavenly Father for what he has accomplished in the disciple.
  6. Jesus’ plan is very successful. We should follow it more often.

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

  1. Jesus, you call me to greatness in your Kingdom.
  2. Give me your salt – a taste for devotion, and a desire for the Kingdom.
  3. Let me be your candle, burning brightly and set on the highest place.
  4. Jesus, change my life. Then, I will have good works that shine out to others.
  5. O Father, all is for your glory!

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

  1. What must I do to foster personal devotion?       What time should I find for prayer and spiritual reading?
  2. I will try to bless others by my good works.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world set upon a lampstand.

JUNE 6, 2016 – WEEK TEN – MONDAY – THE FIRST FOUR BEATITUDES

(Matthew 5:3-6)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Form my heart according to Jesus’ teaching.

Imagination:   (Picture Jesus teaching the crowds.)

Context:

Jesus calls various groups “blessed”. However, anyone can choose to belong to these groups. A person can be poor in spirit, meek, mourning over the world’s sins, and hungering for justice. So, the door is open to everyone. In all four situations, the person is promised heaven (under different figures of speech).

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

Seeing the crowd, Jesus went up the mountain. When he sat down, his disciples came to him and he taught them, saying:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the land.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice.

They shall have their fill.

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

  1. When Jesus speaks to the crowds, he invites them into the Kingdom.       Here, he speaks to disciples who are already members of his Kingdom.
  2. Because their hearts are set upon the Kingdom, they can understand Jesus’ teaching.
  3. A person is “Blessed” by being a member of the Kingdom.
  4. A person becomes a member by a personal decision to be poor in spirit, to mourn for the Kingdom, to be merciful, and to hunger for justice.
  5. If they persevere in these dispositions, they will receive the full reward of blessedness, an eternal kingdom.

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

  1. O Jesus, you invite me into your Kingdom.
  2. O Lord, I accept your offer.
  3. Reveal to me the Kingdom’s secrets, so I can embrace them.
  4. O Jesus, if I persevere in my decision, I will be blessed eternally.
  5. Right now, I give you my heart, my choices, and all my decisions.
  6. O Spirit of Jesus, form me. Form me in poverty of spirit, meekness, sorrow for the Kingdom and mercy for all.

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

  1. I will allow these teachings to form my thinking.
  2. I will rejoice that Jesus calls me “Blessed.”

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

The disciples came to Jesus and he taught them.

JUNE 5, 2016 – WEEK TEN – SUNDAY (C) – THE WIDOW OF NAIM

(Luke 7:11-17)

Prayer – Lord, in your compassion, give me life.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus standing with the widow by the funeral)

Context:

Naim is just 3 miles away from Nazareth. It still has a cemetery that has been used for centuries. Jesus stops death in its tracks and makes it retreat.   The story obviously looks forward to Jesus’ resurrection. Luke regularly stresses Jesus’ compassion and his care for women.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud).

When Jesus went with his disciples and a large crowd to Naim, he met a dead man being carried out, the only son of a widowed mother. A large crowd was with her.

When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity and said to her, “Weep not”. Then, he came near and touched the bier. Those carrying it stood still. He said, “Young man I say to you arise”. The dead man sat up and began to speak. Jesus gave him to his mother.

A fear came upon all and they glorified God saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us” and “God has visited his people”. This report spread throughout Judea and all the countryside.

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

  1. Two large crowds meet. One is a crowd of death, on the way to a burial. The other is a crowd of life, on the way to Jesus’ resurrection.
  2. Jesus stops the burial procession in its tracks. It will go no farther.
  3. He is filled with pity. He sees in the widow a foreshadowing of his own mother’s sorrows.
  4. By touching a dead body, He contracts ritual impurity. But, his power overcomes death. All is clean.
  5. To many millions, Jesus will say “arise” on the last day.
  6. The results are clear. The young man speaks, and is totally restored.
  7. Faith spreads like wildfire. They see Jesus as their expected Messiah and realize that God has visited them.
  8. How fortunate that Jesus was there at the right time.

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

  1. O Jesus, without you I tend toward death. With you, I have fullness of life.
  2. Stop the forces of death in my heart and soul. Infuse your divine life.
  3. How great is your compassion. It flows out in my every need.
  4. Touch me, Jesus. Touch me and make me whole.
  5. If you speak that word, “Arise”, I will come back to divine life.
  6. O Jesus, you always come to me at the right time, when all else fails.

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

  1. I will bring my sins to Jesus. He will remove them.
  2. I will listen for Jesus’ word – “Arise”.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Jesus said to the widow, “Weep not”. He said to her son, “Arise”.