NOVEMBER 26, 2016 – WEEK THIRTY-FOUR – SATURDAY – FINAL WORDS OF ADVICE

(Luke 21:34-36)

Prayer: O Jesus, teach me to watch and to pray constantly.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus in the temple teaching his disciples.)

Context:

Jesus is worried. He will not be returning to earth soon and the disciples will wonder why he delays. So, he exhorts them not to grow indulgent, not to give up prayer or their high moral standards. These final words before the Last Supper are an important reminder. Whether it is sooner or later, all the world will stand before him.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said to his disciples, “Be on guard, lest your spirits become bloated with indulgence and drunkenness and worldly cares, and that day come upon you suddenly, like a trap. That day will come upon the whole earth.

Watch, therefore. Pray at all times, so you may have the strength to escape what will happen and to stand secure before the Son of Man.

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

  1. “That day”, means the moment when all will be judged by Jesus.
  2. Because Jesus’ Second Coming didn’t happen right away, some disciples abandoned their devout life and their watchfulness.
  3. They became indifferent, drunk and involved with worldly cares.
  4. They fell into a trap which entangles everyone who abandons Jesus’ Kingdom. Inevitably they will be trapped by something.
  5. Jesus explains the remedy. They must watch their conduct and pray constantly.
  6. Jesus’ coming is inevitable. History will end in this way. All must seek one thing – to stand secure before the Son of Man.
  7. These are Jesus’ final words. Remember them.

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

  1. O Jesus, what a day that will be, when every human person will stand before you.
  2. O Lord, how quickly my life will pass.       Do not let me fall into indulgence or give my heart to worldly cares.
  3. I will watch with you. That is what you ask of me.
  4. Teach me to pray. Teach me to pray constantly.
  5. How will I be secure on that day, Jesus?       I know. I will live always in your hands.

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

  1. When am I indulgent and entangled in worldly cares? I will take action.
  2. I will pray mentally every day.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Pray constantly for the strength to stand before the Son of Man.

NOVEMBER 25, 2016 – WEEK THIRTY-FOUR – FRIDAY – THE EVENTS ARE NEAR

(Luke 21:29-33)

Prayer: O Jesus, help me to act now. So much is about to happen.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching his disciples.)

Context:

Jesus has just predicted the fall of Jerusalem and declared that, at a given moment, he will come on clouds of glory. Because people think that this cosmic event is far off, they push the warning aside. So, Jesus must add this image of the fig tree which says that summer is near.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus told his disciples a parable, “Look at the fig tree and all the other trees. When you see them sending forth their shoots, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things happen, know that the Kingdom of God is at hand. Amen I say to you, the present generation will not pass away until all these things take place. The heavens and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

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

  1. Jesus knows that delay wears down his disciples. His words lose their effectiveness.
  2. The fig tree is a perfect example. In winter, no tree looks more dead.       Yet, so quickly, it comes alive, surprising everyone.
  3. No one needs special knowledge. When trees blossom, everyone knows that summer is close.
  4. Jesus has an important conclusion. When persecution comes and when the Kingdom seems to have lost its power, that is the moment of closeness.
  5. The Kingdom is always near. God’s reign is always at hand. Suddenly and surprisingly, the moment of Jesus’ presence comes upon those gathered in faith.
  6. Someday the whole world will disappear but Jesus’ words will never lose their power.

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

  1. O Jesus, when I grow tired, weary and discouraged, give me new life.
  2. Let your Spirit breathe upon me and his fire leap up.
  3. You are always coming to me. Your Kingdom is always at hand.
  4. Just when I am losing life, you surprise me.       Your Spirit suddenly stirs within.
  5. You whisper to me, “I am never far away.       I am always near”.
  6. You are my hope. You will never pass away. Never fail me. Never abandon me.

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

  1. I will live in great hope today that the Kingdom is at hand.
  2. I will recall my favorite words of Jesus.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Know that the Kingdom of God is at hand.

NOVEMBER 24, 2016 – WEEK THIRTY-FOUR – THURSDAY – THE JERUSALEM DESTRUCTION

(Luke 21:20-28)

Prayer: O Jesus, be with us in times of disasters.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus explaining to his disciples the fall of Jerusalem)

Context:

Jesus prophesied that the Romans would destroy Jerusalem, which they did in 70 A.D. Luke wrote his gospel fifteen years after this destruction. However, these words were very important to the earlier believers. They heeded Jesus’ advice to “flee to the mountains” and were saved from death.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said to his disciples, “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by an army, then know that the desolation is near. Those in Judea should flee to the mountains. Those in the middle of the city must escape. Those in the country must not return. These are the days of vengeance when all that is written will be fulfilled.

Woe to the women who are with child or are nursing at the breast. There will be great distress in the land and great wrath upon the people. People will fall beneath the sword and they will be led captive to the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles, until the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled.

There will be signs in the sun, the moon and the stars. On the earth, nature will be in anguish due to the roaring of the waves and the sea. Men will die of fear in anticipation of what is coming upon the earth, for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Then, men will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud, with great power and majesty. When these things begin to happen, look up. Lift up your heads because your redemption is near at hand.”

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

  1. What powerful verses and gigantic prophecies!       Jesus prophesies of two different events, the Roman destruction of Jerusalem and his Second Coming at the end of the world.
  2. The believers could escape Jerusalem if they knew, believed and acted on Jesus’ words. Thousands did just that.
  3. Jesus’ words were totally fulfilled.       People either died by the sword or were taken into captivity. Only the believers were saved.
  4. The Second Coming is different. No one can escape. However, those without Jesus will die of fright.
  5. Those with Jesus will rejoice.
  6. They will see Jesus coming, the One whom they preached and suffered for.

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

  1. O Jesus, how important are your words.       Place them in my heart.
  2. O Jesus, save me from the disasters and catastrophes. Otherwise, I will be overwhelmed.
  3. Jesus, without you I would die by the sword of afflictions.
  4. Some day soon, you will come for me.
  5. Come, Lord Jesus. I will lift up my head and welcome you.
  6. For you I live. For you I will toil until you come.

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

  1. In all my difficulties, I will listen for Jesus’ advice.
  2. Each day, I will prepare for the moment of my death.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Lift up your heads. Your redemption is near at hand.

NOVEMBER 23, 2016 – WEEK THIRTY-FOUR – WEDNESDAY – THE TRIALS OF A DISCIPLE

(Luke 21:12-19)

Prayer: O Jesus, help me in the moments of my trials.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus explaining to the disciples their future difficulties)

Context:

After discussing all the wars and famines and earthquakes that will occur, Jesus turns to two other difficulties. The disciples will find themselves hauled into court. Also, their family and friends will turn on them.   Only patient endurance will win the victory.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said to his disciples, “Before all these things happen, they will lay hands on you. They will persecute you, bringing you to synagogues and prisons, dragging you before kings and governors for my name’s sake. You will be brought there so you can give witness.

Do not think ahead of time what you are to say for I will give you words and a wisdom which your adversaries cannot resist or refute.

You will be betrayed by your parents and your brothers, relatives and friends. Some of you will be put to death and you shall be hated by all for my name’s sake. By patient endurance you shall save your lives.”

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

  1. The problems will begin when the disciples witness to Jesus.
  2. The synagogue will reject them and this will lead to prison.
  3. They will be brought before the highest authorities – governors and kings.
  4. These arrests serve God’s purpose. The disciples will speak of Jesus to all who attend their trial.
  5. Jesus, himself, promises to be there, prompting them what to say.
  6. Even family members will not want the disciple to join this new Jesus Movement.
  7. The consequence will be dire. Some will die. Jesus will not miraculously save them.
  8. By dying, they will “save their life”, their eternal life that really matters.

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

  1. Jesus, to be persecuted for you is my greatest privilege.
  2. I will not be silent. I will speak about your name.
  3. Many need to hear the gospel. At least, some will listen.
  4. Kings and governors have limited power.       You, Jesus, and your disciples hold all authority.
  5. You will be there. You will give me the words. You will be my lawyer.
  6. No one will intimidate me or change my decision.       You are my king and my governor.
  7. Jesus, give me patient endurance.

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

  1. I will ask for the gift of Fortitude.
  2. I will not let hatred and anger of others to silence me.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

By patient endurance, you will save your lives.

NOVEMBER 22, 2016 – WEEK THIRTY-FOUR – TUESDAY – NOT YET THE END

(Luke 21:5-11) 

Prayer: O Jesus, let me persevere until the end.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching his disciples).

Context:

In teaching about his Second Coming, Jesus keeps putting it off, always speaking of events that must happen first. The “coming” is always “later”. He stresses perseverance so the disciple does not think that the road is short.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Some were speaking about the temple, which was adorned with precious stones and offerings. Jesus said, “These things which you see. The days will come when one stone will not be left upon another. All will be torn down. They asked him, “Master, when will this be?” and “What shall be the sign that it is going to happen?”

He said, “Be careful not to be led astray. Many will come in my name, saying, “I am he” and “the time is at hand” but do not follow them. When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be disturbed. These things must first happen but the end is not yet. Nations shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There shall be earthquakes, plagues and famines in various places. Even in the sky, there will be portents and signs.”

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

  1. Nothing seemed more lasting than the newly built temple.
  2. Forth years after Jesus died, the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the temple (just as Jesus predicted).
  3. In asking for a sign, the disciples are misguided. Jesus’ word is the daily guide.
  4. Jesus lists so many happenings (wars, earthquakes, plagues and famines). Yet, none is a sign.
  5. Jesus wants the disciples to stay on his path (even if there are cosmic events).
  6. They have his true teaching. They must just be good disciples.

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

  1. Jesus, nothing remains. Only you are eternal.
  2. I need no sign, only your presence guiding me.
  3. Your teaching is in my heart. I will cling to that.
  4. I know you will come for me. I await you in faith.
  5. O Jesus, what a world! We live with wars and famines and earthquakes! Stay with me!
  6. Help me to stay on your path, Jesus. The end is not near. I have many miles to go.

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

  1. I will use Jesus’ words to guide my day.
  2. I will detach myself from material possessions by little sacrifices.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

These things will happen but the end will not follow immediately.

NOVEMBER 21, 2016 – WEEK THIRTY-FOUR – MONDAY – 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 people, linked by the word widow.   The scribes want everyone to see their goodness while secretly they steal widow’s money. The widow, on the contrary, gives her money in secret. She is the saving hope of Israel.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Looking up, Jesus saw rich men putting their gifts into the treasury. He also saw a poor widow putting in two coins. He said, “Truly, I tell you that this widow has put in more than all the others. The others have given from their abundance but she has given all that she had to live on.”

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

  1. Jesus sees deeper than the surface actions.
  2. He knows what happens in each one’s heart.
  3. The rich give from abundance. Their hearts are still attached to their wealth.
  4. The widow is different. She is attached only to God. She empties herself, and trusts in God.
  5. 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. Jesus, do not let my heart grow hardened.
  2. Do not allow money to rob me of your Kingdom.
  3. Remove my hypocrisy. Purify my inmost desires.
  4. Give me an inner truth, always loyal and generous to you.
  5. Detach me from my wealth. Let me not cling to my possessions. Empty me.
  6. I give you everything. Nothing will come between us.

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 financial dealings.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

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

WEEK THIRTY FOUR – SUNDAY SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING THE GOOD THIEF (LK 23:39-43)

(Luke 23:39-43)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Teach me to ask for heaven.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus crucified with two thieves)

Context:

Luke portrays this special moment of faith. A thief looks at the crucified Jesus and sees a king. He even believes he has a kingdom. Jesus rewards his faith. “Today” means “before the sun sets”. Originally, “paradise” meant a walled garden for exclusive use of the owner. Now, it is used for heaven.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

One of the crucified thieves blasphemed Jesus, saying “If you are the Christ, save yourself and us.” The other thief rebuked him. “Do you not fear God, for you are under the same condemnation? We suffer justly and receive the due reward for our deeds, but this man has done no evil.”

Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus said to him, “Amen, I say to you, this day you shall be with me in paradise.”

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. The good thief sees the situation clearly.       He is guilty. Jesus is innocent.
  2. This humility leads to faith. He believes that Jesus is the king.
  3. His faith leads to hope. If Jesus is a king, then he must have a kingdom.
  4. Hope leads to a request, “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
  5. A request leads to eternal salvation.       This very day, he will be with Jesus in the kingdom.
  6. The good thief offers hope to everyone.       The doors of Jesus’ kingdom remain open until the very last moment!

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

  1. O Jesus, you are the innocent lamb sacrificed for my sins.
  2. O Jesus, you were born for me. You died for me.
  3. You are a king and you have a kingdom.
  4. Fill my soul with hope.
  5. It is not too late. All my sins can be forgiven.
  6. Remember me, Jesus. Just remember me. That is enough.
  7. O Jesus, speak those words on my deathbed, “Today you will be with me.”

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

  1. This day, I will pray often, “Lord, remember me.”
  2. I will acknowledge my sins and seek forgiveness in the sacrament of confession.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

This day you shall be with me in paradise.

NOVEMBER 28, 2015 – WEEK THIRTY FOUR – SATURDAY – FINAL WORDS OF ADVICE

(Luke 21:34-36)

Prayer: O Jesus, teach me to watch and to pray constantly.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus in the temple teaching his disciples.)

Context:

Jesus is worried. He will not be returning to earth soon and the disciples will wonder why he delays. So, he exhorts them not to grow indulgent, not to give up prayer or their high moral standards. These final words before the Last Supper are an important reminder. Whether it is sooner or later, all the world will stand before him.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said to his disciples, “Be on guard, lest your spirits become bloated with indulgence and drunkenness and worldly cares, and that day come upon you suddenly, like a trap. That day will come upon the whole earth.

Watch, therefore. Pray at all times, so you may have the strength to escape what will happen and to stand secure before the Son of Man.

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

  1. “That day”, means the moment when all will be judged by Jesus.
  2. Because Jesus’ Second Coming didn’t happen right away, some disciples abandoned their devout life and their watchfulness.
  3. They became indifferent, drunk and involved with worldly cares.
  4. They fell into a trap which entangles everyone who abandons Jesus’ Kingdom. Inevitably they will be trapped by something.
  5. Jesus explains the remedy. They must watch their conduct and pray constantly.
  6. Jesus’ coming is inevitable. History will end in this way. All must seek one thing – to stand secure before the Son of Man.
  7. These are Jesus’ final words. Remember them.

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

  1. O Jesus, what a day that will be, when every human person will stand before you.
  2. O Lord, how quickly my life will pass.       Do not let me fall into indulgence or give my heart to worldly cares.
  3. I will watch with you. That is what you ask of me.
  4. Teach me to pray. Teach me to pray constantly.
  5. How will I be secure on that day, Jesus?       I know. I will live always in your hands.

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

  1. When am I indulgent and entangled in worldly cares? I will take action.
  2. I will pray mentally every day.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Pray constantly for the strength to stand before the Son of Man.

NOVEMBER 27, 2015 – WEEK THIRTY FOUR – FRIDAY – THE EVENTS ARE NEAR

(Luke 21:29-33)

Prayer: O Jesus, help me to act now. So much is about to happen.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching his disciples.)

Context:

Jesus has just predicted the fall of Jerusalem and declared that, at a given moment, he will come on clouds of glory. Because people think that this cosmic event is far off, they push the warning aside. So, Jesus must add this image of the fig tree which says that summer is near.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus told his disciples a parable, “Look at the fig tree and all the other trees. When you see them sending forth their shoots, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things happen, know that the Kingdom of God is at hand. Amen I say to you, the present generation will not pass away until all these things take place. The heavens and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

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

  1. Jesus knows that delay wears down his disciples. His words lose their effectiveness.
  2. The fig tree is a perfect example. In winter, no tree looks more dead.       Yet, so quickly, it comes alive, surprising everyone.
  3. No one needs special knowledge. When trees blossom, everyone knows that summer is close.
  4. Jesus has an important conclusion. When persecution comes and when the Kingdom seems to have lost its power, that is the moment of closeness.
  5. The Kingdom is always near. God’s reign is always at hand. Suddenly and surprisingly, the moment of Jesus’ presence comes upon those gathered in faith.
  6. Someday the whole world will disappear but Jesus’ words will never lose their power.

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

  1. O Jesus, when I grow tired, weary and discouraged, give me new life.
  2. Let your Spirit breathe upon me and his fire leap up.
  3. You are always coming to me. Your Kingdom is always at hand.
  4. Just when I am losing life, you surprise me.       Your Spirit suddenly stirs within.
  5. You whisper to me, “I am never far away.       I am always near”.
  6. You are my hope. You will never pass away. Never fail me. Never abandon me.

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

  1. I will live in great hope today that the Kingdom is at hand.
  2. I will recall my favorite words of Jesus.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Know that the Kingdom of God is at hand.

NOVEMBER 26, 2015 – WEEK THIRTY FOUR – THURSDAY – THE JERUSALEM DESTRUCTION

(Luke 21:20-28)

Prayer: O Jesus, be with us in times of disasters.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus explaining to his disciples the fall of Jerusalem)

Context:

Jesus prophesied that the Romans would destroy Jerusalem, which they did in 70 A.D. Luke wrote his gospel fifteen years after this destruction. However, these words were very important to the earlier believers. They heeded Jesus’ advice to “flee to the mountains” and were saved from death.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said to his disciples, “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by an army, then know that the desolation is near. Those in Judea should flee to the mountains. Those in the middle of the city must escape. Those in the country must not return. These are the days of vengeance when all that is written will be fulfilled.

Woe to the women who are with child or are nursing at the breast. There will be great distress in the land and great wrath upon the people. People will fall beneath the sword and they will be led captive to the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles, until the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled.

There will be signs in the sun, the moon and the stars. On the earth, nature will be in anguish due to the roaring of the waves and the sea. Men will die of fear in anticipation of what is coming upon the earth, for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Then, men will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud, with great power and majesty. When these things begin to happen, look up. Lift up your heads because your redemption is near at hand.”

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

  1. What powerful verses and gigantic prophecies!       Jesus prophesies of two different events, the Roman destruction of Jerusalem and his Second Coming at the end of the world.
  2. The believers could escape Jerusalem if they knew, believed and acted on Jesus’ words. Thousands did just that.
  3. Jesus’ words were totally fulfilled.       People either died by the sword or were taken into captivity. Only the believers were saved.
  4. The Second Coming is different. No one can escape. However, those without Jesus will die of fright.
  5. Those with Jesus will rejoice.
  6. They will see Jesus coming, the One whom they preached and suffered for.

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

  1. O Jesus, how important are your words.       Place them in my heart.
  2. O Jesus, save me from the disasters and catastrophes. Otherwise, I will be overwhelmed.
  3. Jesus, without you I would die by the sword of afflictions.
  4. Some day soon, you will come for me.
  5. Come, Lord Jesus. I will lift up my head and welcome you.
  6. For you I live. For you I will toil until you come.

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

  1. In all my difficulties, I will listen for Jesus’ advice.
  2. Each day, I will prepare for the moment of my death.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Lift up your heads. Your redemption is near at hand.

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

(Luke 21:12-19)

Prayer: O Jesus, help me in the moments of my trials.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus explaining to the disciples their future difficulties)

Context:

After discussing all the wars and famines and earthquakes that will occur, Jesus turns to two other difficulties. The disciples will find themselves hauled into court. Also, their family and friends will turn on them.   Only patient endurance will win the victory.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said to his disciples, “Before all these things happen, they will lay hands on you. They will persecute you, bringing you to synagogues and prisons, dragging you before kings and governors for my name’s sake. You will be brought there so you can give witness.

Do not think ahead of time what you are to say for I will give you words and a wisdom which your adversaries cannot resist or refute.

You will be betrayed by your parents and your brothers, relatives and friends. Some of you will be put to death and you shall be hated by all for my name’s sake. By patient endurance you shall save your lives.”

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

  1. The problems will begin when the disciples witness to Jesus.
  2. The synagogue will reject them and this will lead to prison.
  3. They will be brought before the highest authorities – governors and kings.
  4. These arrests serve God’s purpose. The disciples will speak of Jesus to all who attend their trial.
  5. Jesus, himself, promises to be there, prompting them what to say.
  6. Even family members will not want the disciple to join this new Jesus Movement.
  7. The consequence will be dire. Some will die. Jesus will not miraculously save them.
  8. By dying, they will “save their life”, their eternal life that really matters.

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

  1. Jesus, to be persecuted for you is my greatest privilege.
  2. I will not be silent. I will speak about your name.
  3. Many need to hear the gospel. At least, some will listen.
  4. Kings and governors have limited power.       You, Jesus, and your disciples hold all authority.
  5. You will be there. You will give me the words. You will be my lawyer.
  6. No one will intimidate me or change my decision.       You are my king and my governor.
  7. Jesus, give me patient endurance.

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

  1. I will ask for the gift of Fortitude.
  2. I will not let hatred and anger of others to silence me.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

By patient endurance, you will save your lives.

NOVEMBER 24, 2015 – WEEK THIRTY FOUR – TUESDAY – NOT YET THE END

(Luke 21:5-11)

Prayer: O Jesus, let me persevere until the end.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching his disciples).

Context:

In teaching about his Second Coming, Jesus keeps putting it off, always speaking of events that must happen first. The “coming” is always “later”. He stresses perseverance so the disciple does not think that the road is short.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Some were speaking about the temple, which was adorned with precious stones and offerings. Jesus said, “These things which you see. The days will come when one stone will not be left upon another. All will be torn down. They asked him, “Master, when will this be?” and “What shall be the sign that it is going to happen?”

He said, “Be careful not to be led astray. Many will come in my name, saying, “I am he” and “the time is at hand” but do not follow them. When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be disturbed. These things must first happen but the end is not yet. Nations shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There shall be earthquakes, plagues and famines in various places. Even in the sky, there will be portents and signs.”

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

  1. Nothing seemed more lasting than the newly built temple.
  2. Forth years after Jesus died, the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the temple (just as Jesus predicted).
  3. In asking for a sign, the disciples are misguided. Jesus’ word is the daily guide.
  4. Jesus lists so many happenings (wars, earthquakes, plagues and famines). Yet, none is a sign.
  5. Jesus wants the disciples to stay on his path (even if there are cosmic events).
  6. They have his true teaching. They must just be good disciples.

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

  1. Jesus, nothing remains. Only you are eternal.
  2. I need no sign, only your presence guiding me.
  3. Your teaching is in my heart. I will cling to that.
  4. I know you will come for me. I await you in faith.
  5. O Jesus, what a world! We live with wars and famines and earthquakes! Stay with me!
  6. Help me to stay on your path, Jesus. The end is not near. I have many miles to go.

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

  1. I will use Jesus’ words to guide my day.
  2. I will detach myself from material possessions by little sacrifices.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

These things will happen but the end will not follow immediately.

NOVEMBER 23, 2015 – WEEK THIRTY FOUR – MONDAY – 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 people, linked by the word widow.   The scribes want everyone to see their goodness while secretly they steal widow’s money. The widow, on the contrary, gives her money in secret. She is the saving hope of Israel.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Looking up, Jesus saw rich men putting their gifts into the treasury. He also saw a poor widow putting in two coins. He said, “Truly, I tell you that this widow has put in more than all the others. The others have given from their abundance but she has given all that she had to live on.”

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

  1. Jesus sees deeper than the surface actions.
  2. He knows what happens in each one’s heart.
  3. The rich give from abundance. Their hearts are still attached to their wealth.
  4. The widow is different. She is attached only to God. She empties herself, and trusts in God.
  5. 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. Jesus, do not let my heart grow hardened.
  2. Do not allow money to rob me of your Kingdom.
  3. Remove my hypocrisy. Purify my inmost desires.
  4. Give me an inner truth, always loyal and generous to you.
  5. Detach me from my wealth. Let me not cling to my possessions. Empty me.
  6. I give you everything. Nothing will come between us.

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 financial dealings.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

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

NOVEMBER 22, 2015 – WEEK THIRTY FOUR – SUNDAY (B) – JESUS’ TESTIMONY BEFORE PILATE

(Mark 18:33-38)

Prayer – Come, Holy Spirit. Make Jesus the king of my heart.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus standing before Pilate)

Context:

Pilate has inquired from the Jews about the charges against Jesus. They said that he claims to be King of the Jews. In conducting his investigation he allows Jesus to explain his Kingship and his Kingdom. Pilate represents the whole world and Jesus is a witness to the truth.

Gospel text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the King of the Jews? Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would certainly be fighting that I not be handed over to the Jews. However, my kingdom is not of this world.”

Pilate asked “Are you a king?” Jesus said, “You say that I am a king. For this was I born and for this I came into the world, that I should give testimony to the truth. Whoever belongs to the truth, hears my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” and he went out.

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

  1. Pilate approaches the mystery of Jesus with a worldly mentality. Someone who is a king is important to him.
  2. Jesus speaks of a kingdom beyond this world.
  3. Not being an earthly King, Jesus does not expect his disciples to fight for his freedom.
  4. Pilate does not understand and wants to talk about Jesus being a king.
  5. Jesus has a higher goal and a greater power.       His disciples gather in a Kingdom of truth.
  6. Not having any interest in truth, Pilate walks away.

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

  1. Jesus, take me beyond my earthly life. Give me your heavenly kingdom.
  2. Yes, you are a king, a very special king, and I am your disciple.
  3. Your kingdom always existed and you came into the world for me.
  4. Your kingdom is greater than earth and your goal is eternal life.
  5. You live forever and I will live with you.
  6. Jesus, you are the truth and your truth makes me free.

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

  1. I will choose Jesus as my king.
  2. I will not serve a passing world.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

My kingdom is not of this world.