NOVEMBER 12, 2016 – WEEK THIRTY-TWO – SATURDAY – THE UNJUST JUDGE

(Luke 18:2-8)

Prayer – O Jesus, let me cry out to you day and night.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with his disciples.)

Context:

The real focus in this parable is the unjust judge. Although he is a complete opposite of God, he still grants the widow’s request. In the middle of trials, the destitute must believe that God hears their prayers and will intervene for their deliverance. The final sentence about “finding faith on the earth” is very important. In trials, will we persevere in trusting God?

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity of praying always and not losing heart.

A judge in a certain city did not fear God or man. A widow in that city begged him “Give me a just decision against my adversary.” For a long time, he would not do so. However, he eventually thought, “I do not fear God or man. However, this widow bothers me. I will give her a just decision lest she wear me out.”

Jesus said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. Will not God vindicate his elect who cry out to him day and night, even if he seems slow to answer them” I say that he will avenge them unexpectedly. But, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

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

  1. The dishonest judge has every bad quality.       He has no fear of God, no fear of man and is totally corrupt.
  2. He is the total opposite of the compassionate Jesus who wept over human suffering. Yet, he grants the request.
  3. This parable describes the loving God who brings about a surprising reversal.
  4. The suffering and the persecuted must do one thing. They must “cry out to God day and night.”
  5. Their deliverance is assured. Justice will come quite unexpectedly.
  6. The question is, “Does the person persevere in trusting God even when the trial continues?”

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

  1. O Jesus, to whom else shall I go?
  2. Jesus, teach me to pray without ceasing.       Let me lift my heart to you “day and night.”
  3. You will come. You will not delay. You will give me “unexpected justice.”
  4. Let me gather with others. We will “cry out” together.
  5. O Jesus, even if you delay, I will persevere in faith.
  6. You will find me watching.

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

  1. Trials will not discourage me. They will cause me to cry out “day and night.”
  2. In faith, I will await God’s “surprising answer.”

Thought for the Day. (To recall your meditation)

Will God be slow to answer those who call out to him day and night?

NOVEMBER 11, 2016 – WEEK THIRTY-TWO – FRIDAY – DAYS OF DECISION

(Luke 17:26-37)

Prayer – O Jesus, let me watch and be ready for your coming.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching his disciples about his Second Coming.)

Context:

Jesus gives two separate images, the biblical stories of Noah and Lot and the difficult decisions necessary in an emergency. In Palestine, the roofs were flat and people worked there. Every house had outside stairs directly to the street. A person going inside to save his possessions would be foolish.   Both images stress the unknown aspects of Jesus’ coming.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

As it was in the days of Noah, so it shall be in the days of the Son of Man. They ate and drank, married and gave in marriage until the day Noah entered into the Ark. The flood came and destroyed them all.

Likewise, in the days of Lot. They ate and drank, bought and sold, planted and built. When Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and brimstones and destroyed them all. So it will be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

In that hour, if a person is on the roof and his goods are in the house, let him not go in to get them. If someone is in the field, let him not return to the house. Remember Lot’s wife.

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

  1. Jesus uses Noah as an example. People were so busy with their lives, that they did not see the flood coming.
  2. Similarly, Sodom was threatened but only Lot and his family knew to escape.
  3. God saved both Noah and Lot by revealing the disaster to them.
  4. They heard God’s word and took appropriate steps. However, Lot’s wife disobeyed.
  5. These stories carry the same teaching.       God will warn us and save us.       We must listen and act.
  6. A person on the roof and a man in the field should just flee and not worry about their possessions.
  7. If they cling to material possessions, they will make the wrong decision.
  8. Whoever is alert to the Kingdom (like Noah and Lot) will be saved.

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

  1. Speak, Lord. Guide me. Show me the way.
  2. Save me from foolish decisions.
  3. I will not be caught up in buying or selling. Instead, I will await your coming.
  4. When I see you on the horizon, I will run to you.
  5. Awaken me. Alert me. Give me ears attentive to your voice within.
  6. O Jesus, all is urgent. Set my soul on your path.

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

  1. I will not allow earthly things to capture my attention.
  2. When I see God’s will today, I will act immediately.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

As it was in the days of Noah, so it shall be in the days of the Son of Man.

NOVEMBER 10, 2016 – WEEK THIRTY-TWO – THURSDAY – WHEN THE KINGDOM COMES

(Luke 17:20-25)

Prayer – O Lord, prepare me for your coming.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus instructing his disciples).

Context:

The Pharisees want to know when the Kingdom would come. The question is futile because the Kingdom is already present as the Spirit dwells in the believer. A final and total coming of the Kingdom is still ahead.

In the second part, Jesus gives private teaching to his disciples. They won’t have to search. When the Second Coming arrives all will know. It will be like lightening in the sky – quick and evident.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

The Pharisees asked Jesus when the Kingdom of God would come. He answered, “You cannot tell by careful watching when the Kingdom of God will come. Neither is it a matter of saying, it is “here” or “there”. The Kingdom of God is within you.

He said to his disciples “The days will come when you shall desire to see one day of the Son of Man and you shall not see it. They will say to you that he is here or he is there. Do not go and do not follow them. The Son of Man, in his day, will be like the lightening that flashes from one end of the sky to another. First, however, he must suffer much and be rejected by this present age.

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

  1. The Pharisees approach Jesus with curious minds, not sincere hearts.
  2. They want to know about his future coming when Jesus is already in their midst.
  3. No need for useless searching. God’s Kingdom dwells within.
  4. Jesus’ disciples are important in his plan.       He gives them special teaching.
  5. Jesus teaches two truths. First, running to special places is useless.
  6. Second, Jesus will return as the King. All will see him, like lightening in the sky.

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

  1. O Jesus, I will seek you in my heart. You always dwell there.
  2. You are with me. You are here. I must just be still.
  3. You dwell in my soul, and you want me to adore you there.
  4. Today, you will come. You will be in my midst.
  5. O Jesus, on a very special day, You will come as King.
  6. I will not wait. Right now, I make you my King.

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

  1. Today, I will be awakened to Jesus’ presence.
  2. Jesus will be my King for this day.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

The reign of God is already in your midst.

NOVEMBER 9, 2016 – WEEK THIRTY-TWO – WEDNESDAY – THE TEN LEPERS

(Luke 17:11-19)

Prayer – Come, Holy Spirit. Fill me with a spirit of thanksgiving.

Imagination: (Picture the one leper returning to give thanks)

Context:

This story is somewhat like a parable, ending with Jesus pronouncing the Samaritan’s saving faith. Obviously, the group consisted of nine Jewish lepers and one Samaritan. Their illness bonded them together and overcame their religious differences. The Samaritan emulates Naaman, a Syrian, who in the Old Testament returned to thank the prophet Elisha for healing him of leprosy. (2 Kg 5:15).

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

As Jesus was going to Jerusalem, he passed through Samaria and Galilee. In a certain town, ten lepers met him. Standing far away, they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, master, have pity on us.”

Upon seeing them, Jesus said, “Go and show yourselves to the priest.” As they went, they were cleansed. One, seeing he was cleansed, went back, glorifying God in a loud voice. Falling on his face, he gave thanks. He was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? Where are the other nine? Is there no one found to return and give thanks except this stranger?” Jesus said, “Get up and go your way. Your faith has made you whole.”

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

  1. All ten see their unique opportunity. Jesus has come to their village.
  2. United in prayer, all ten “lift up their voices” and ask for pity.
  3. All are obedient. All go to the priest. All are cleansed.
  4. Nine return home, thinking they have no further responsibility.
  5. Only one leper sees the need to return to Jesus. He alone receives total wholeness.
  6. Jesus is disappointed. He wants to give total wholeness, but the nine did not return.
  7. Only a stranger receives the full gift.

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

  1. Jesus, you will come to me today.
  2. I will grasp that special moment.
  3. My heart will call out to you.
  4. Cleanse me of the leprosy of my sins.
  5. Jesus, I will not forget you.
  6. I will return to give thanks and You will bless me even more.
  7. Do not let me disappoint you.

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

  1. I will thank those who have helped me in the past – parents, teachers, friends.
  2. All day long, I will give thanks for God’s blessings.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

“Go on your way, your faith has made you whole.”

NOVEMBER 8, 2016 – WEEK THIRTY-TWO – TUESDAY – THE HUMBLE SERVANT

(Luke 17:7-10)

Prayer – O Jesus, let me serve you with a generous spirit and a humble heart.

Imagination – (Picture Jesus with his disciples.)

Context:

Jesus pierces deeper into his disciples’ hearts. He probes their inner thoughts and demands that they root out any self-righteousness.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

If a man has a servant who ploughs the field and herds the sheep, will he say to him when he comes in from the field, “Sit down immediately for your supper?” Will the owner not say, “Prepare my supper first. Serve me, while I eat and drink. Afterwards, you can eat and drink.”

Does he thank the servant for doing what is commanded? Not at all. So, when you do all these things that are commanded, just say “We are unprofitable servants. We just do that which has to be done.”

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

  1. The owner is not rich. He has just one servant who works both outside in the fields and in the house.
  2. This servant is totally faithful. He does all his work in both places.
  3. Jesus does not correct the disciple’s failure.       He explains Kingdom’s full challenge.
  4. The servant has two responsibilities.       He must complete all his tasks and consider himself “unprofitable”.
  5. This can happen only in the Kingdom. The greatest saints saw themselves as totally unworthy.
  6. The saints understood that God’s reward was so great and their labors were so small.

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

  1. Help me, O Lord, to be your servant.
  2. I will be faithful in the exterior tasks and in my interior prayer.
  3. Let me rejoice! To serve you is my greatest privilege.
  4. When all is done, let me honestly say that I am an unprofitable servant.
  5. My harvest is due more to your seeds than to my diligence.
  6. O Jesus, serving you is more a favor than a task.
  7. My work is so little and your rewards are so great!

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

  1. This day, I will be faithful to all that God desires of me.
  2. At the end of the day, I will rightly call myself “an unprofitable servant.”

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

We are unprofitable servants. We do what needs to be done.

NOVEMBER 7, 2016 – WEEK THIRTY-TWO – MONDAY – COMMANDS FOR THE DISCIPLES

(Luke 17:1-6)

Prayer – O Jesus, make me your faithful disciple.

Imagination – (Picture Jesus instructing his disciples.)

Context:

This gospel contains three separate sayings of Jesus concerning discipleship. First, a disciple should never give scandal. Second, a disciple should correct another and forgive him whenever he is sorry. Third, the disciple must pray in faith.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said to his disciples, “It is inevitable that scandals will come but woe to those through whom they come. It would be better that he be thrown into the sea with a millstone around his neck than give scandal to one of these little ones.

Be on guard. If your brother sins against you, correct him and if he repents, then forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in one day and seven times he is sorry, forgive him.

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” The Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and transplanted into the sea” and it would obey”.

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

  1. In the gospels, Jesus takes time to form his disciples. They are very important to him.
  2. A “little one” is a beginner in the faith.       A disciple’s laxity will harm that new faith.
  3. The disciple must never give scandal, even allowing himself to be cast into the sea.
  4. Charity will correct another’s faults in the community.
  5. After repentance for wrongdoing, forgiveness must flow abundantly.
  6. What a perfect request! Lord, increase our faith.
  7. Faith is a tiny power which is released by even the smallest prayer.

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

  1. O Jesus, how much time you spend forming me into your disciple.
  2. Let me die rather than lead others astray into sin.
  3. Jesus, give me a spirit of forgiveness which sets aside all my grievances.
  4. Increase my faith, Jesus. Then I will be your disciple.
  5. What power you give me! My prayer can remove every obstacle.

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

  1. I will be careful of my words and actions, not wanting to lead anyone into sin.
  2. I will begin right now to pray with faith, asking for all I need to be Jesus’ disciple.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

If you had faith like a mustard seed, the mulberry tree would obey you.

NOVEMBER 6, 2016 – WEEK THIRTY TWO – SUNDAY (C) – LIVING LIKE ANGELS

(Luke 20:27-38)

Prayer – O Lord, fill me with strong desires to live like the angels.

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

Context:

The Sadducees (unlike the Pharisees) did not believe in the immortality of the soul nor the resurrection of the dead. They present to Jesus what seems to us a foolish problem. A woman marries seven times, (after each previous husband dies). They want to know whose wife she will be in heaven. Jesus refutes their argument.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Some Sadducees (who do not believe in the resurrection), confronted Jesus. “If a woman married seven brothers, whose wife will she be at the resurrection?” Jesus said to them, “The children of this world marry and are given on marriage, but those judged worthy of a place in the age to come and of the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Nor can they die any more because they are like the angels and are the children of God, sons of the resurrection. Moses in the passage about the bush showed that the dead rise again when he called the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. God is not the God of the dead but of the living. All are alive for him.

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

  1. The Sadducees could not conceive of a different bodily existence.
  2. They did not realize that God profoundly changes the glorified, risen body.
  3. Marriage is of earth. A person has a partner and brings forth children.
  4. Jesus sees the reality of heaven where God is the center. No one is lonely. All are united.
  5. The risen body cannot die. It enjoys the privileges of angels.
  6. This gift comes to “all judged worthy of the age to come”, the Kingdom which Jesus preaches.
  7. The person is totally changed into a son of the resurrection and a son of God.
  8. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob have gained this kingdom. So will all who believe in Jesus.

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

  1. O Jesus, someday I will have a glorified, risen body.
  2. Lord, I will share in your resurrection.
  3. In heaven, my heart will be filled with you and with others.
  4. I will no longer suffer or die. I will live forever, with you, Jesus.
  5. Help me, Lord to be judged worthy of this “age to come”.
  6. Change me, Jesus into a son of glory and a son of the eternal Father.
  7. You will give me life in abundance. Let me not fail you.

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

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

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

They cannot die because they live like the angels.

NOVEMBER 14, 2015 – WEEK THIRTY TWO – SATURDAY – THE UNJUST JUDGE

(Luke 18:2-8)

Prayer – O Jesus, let me cry out to you day and night.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with his disciples.)

Context:

The real focus in this parable is the unjust judge. Although he is a complete opposite of God, he still grants the widow’s request. In the middle of trials, the destitute must believe that God hears their prayers and will intervene for their deliverance. The final sentence about “finding faith on the earth” is very important. In trials, will we persevere in trusting God?

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity of praying always and not losing heart.

A judge in a certain city did not fear God or man. A widow in that city begged him “Give me a just decision against my adversary.” For a long time, he would not do so. However, he eventually thought, “I do not fear God or man. However, this widow bothers me. I will give her a just decision lest she wear me out.”

Jesus said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. Will not God vindicate his elect who cry out to him day and night, even if he seems slow to answer them” I say that he will avenge them unexpectedly. But, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

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

  1. The dishonest judge has every bad quality.       He has no fear of God, no fear of man and is totally corrupt.
  2. He is the total opposite of the compassionate Jesus who wept over human suffering. Yet, he grants the request.
  3. This parable describes the loving God who brings about a surprising reversal.
  4. The suffering and the persecuted must do one thing. They must “cry out to God day and night.”
  5. Their deliverance is assured. Justice will come quite unexpectedly.
  6. The question is, “Does the person persevere in trusting God even when the trial continues?”

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

  1. O Jesus, to whom else shall I go?
  2. Jesus, teach me to pray without ceasing.       Let me lift my heart to you “day and night.”
  3. You will come. You will not delay. You will give me “unexpected justice.”
  4. Let me gather with others. We will “cry out” together.
  5. O Jesus, even if you delay, I will persevere in faith.
  6. You will find me watching.

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

  1. Trials will not discourage me. They will cause me to cry out “day and night.”
  2. In faith, I will await God’s “surprising answer.”

Thought for the Day. (To recall your meditation)

Will God be slow to answer those who call out to him day and night?

NOVEMBER 13, 2015 – WEEK THIRTY TWO – FRIDAY – DAYS OF DECISION

(Luke 17:26-37)

Prayer – O Jesus, let me watch and be ready for your coming.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching his disciples about his Second Coming.)

Context:

Jesus gives two separate images, the biblical stories of Noah and Lot and the difficult decisions necessary in an emergency. In Palestine, the roofs were flat and people worked there. Every house had outside stairs directly to the street. A person going inside to save his possessions would be foolish.   Both images stress the unknown aspects of Jesus’ coming.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

As it was in the days of Noah, so it shall be in the days of the Son of Man. They ate and drank, married and gave in marriage until the day Noah entered into the Ark. The flood came and destroyed them all.

Likewise, in the days of Lot. They ate and drank, bought and sold, planted and built. When Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and brimstones and destroyed them all. So it will be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

In that hour, if a person is on the roof and his goods are in the house, let him not go in to get them. If someone is in the field, let him not return to the house. Remember Lot’s wife.

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

  1. Jesus uses Noah as an example. People were so busy with their lives, that they did not see the flood coming.
  2. Similarly, Sodom was threatened but only Lot and his family knew to escape.
  3. God saved both Noah and Lot by revealing the disaster to them.
  4. They heard God’s word and took appropriate steps. However, Lot’s wife disobeyed.
  5. These stories carry the same teaching.       God will warn us and save us.       We must listen and act.
  6. A person on the roof and a man in the field should just flee and not worry about their possessions.
  7. If they cling to material possessions, they will make the wrong decision.
  8. Whoever is alert to the Kingdom (like Noah and Lot) will be saved.

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

  1. Speak, Lord. Guide me. Show me the way.
  2. Save me from foolish decisions.
  3. I will not be caught up in buying or selling. Instead, I will await your coming.
  4. When I see you on the horizon, I will run to you.
  5. Awaken me. Alert me. Give me ears attentive to your voice within.
  6. O Jesus, all is urgent. Set my soul on your path.

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

  1. I will not allow earthly things to capture my attention.
  2. When I see God’s will today, I will act immediately.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

As it was in the days of Noah, so it shall be in the days of the Son of Man.

NOVEMBER 12, 2015 – WEEK THIRTY TWO – THURSDAY – WHEN THE KINGDOM COMES

(Luke 17:20-25)

Prayer – O Lord, prepare me for your coming.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus instructing his disciples).

Context:

The Pharisees want to know when the Kingdom would come. The question is futile because the Kingdom is already present as the Spirit dwells in the believer. A final and total coming of the Kingdom is still ahead.

In the second part, Jesus gives private teaching to his disciples. They won’t have to search. When the Second Coming arrives all will know. It will be like lightening in the sky – quick and evident.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

The Pharisees asked Jesus when the Kingdom of God would come. He answered, “You cannot tell by careful watching when the Kingdom of God will come. Neither is it a matter of saying, it is “here” or “there”. The Kingdom of God is within you.

He said to his disciples “The days will come when you shall desire to see one day of the Son of Man and you shall not see it. They will say to you that he is here or he is there. Do not go and do not follow them. The Son of Man, in his day, will be like the lightening that flashes from one end of the sky to another. First, however, he must suffer much and be rejected by this present age.

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

  1. The Pharisees approach Jesus with curious minds, not sincere hearts.
  2. They want to know about his future coming when Jesus is already in their midst.
  3. No need for useless searching. God’s Kingdom dwells within.
  4. Jesus’ disciples are important in his plan.       He gives them special teaching.
  5. Jesus teaches two truths. First, running to special places is useless.
  6. Second, Jesus will return as the King. All will see him, like lightening in the sky.

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

  1. O Jesus, I will seek you in my heart. You always dwell there.
  2. You are with me. You are here. I must just be still.
  3. You dwell in my soul, and you want me to adore you there.
  4. Today, you will come. You will be in my midst.
  5. O Jesus, on a very special day, You will come as King.
  6. I will not wait. Right now, I make you my King.

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

  1. Today, I will be awakened to Jesus’ presence.
  2. Jesus will be my King for this day.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

The reign of God is already in your midst.

NOVEMBER 11, 2015 – WEEK THIRTY-TWO – WEDNESDAY – THE TEN LEPERS

(Luke 17:11-19)

Prayer – Come, Holy Spirit. Fill me with a spirit of thanksgiving.

Imagination: (Picture the one leper returning to give thanks)

Context:

This story is somewhat like a parable, ending with Jesus pronouncing the Samaritan’s saving faith. Obviously, the group consisted of nine Jewish lepers and one Samaritan. Their illness bonded them together and overcame their religious differences. The Samaritan emulates Naaman, a Syrian, who in the Old Testament returned to thank the prophet Elisha for healing him of leprosy. (2 Kg 5:15).

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

As Jesus was going to Jerusalem, he passed through Samaria and Galilee. In a certain town, ten lepers met him. Standing far away, they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, master, have pity on us.”

Upon seeing them, Jesus said, “Go and show yourselves to the priest.” As they went, they were cleansed. One, seeing he was cleansed, went back, glorifying God in a loud voice. Falling on his face, he gave thanks. He was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? Where are the other nine? Is there no one found to return and give thanks except this stranger?” Jesus said, “Get up and go your way. Your faith has made you whole.”

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

  1. All ten see their unique opportunity. Jesus has come to their village.
  2. United in prayer, all ten “lift up their voices” and ask for pity.
  3. All are obedient. All go to the priest. All are cleansed.
  4. Nine return home, thinking they have no further responsibility.
  5. Only one leper sees the need to return to Jesus. He alone receives total wholeness.
  6. Jesus is disappointed. He wants to give total wholeness, but the nine did not return.
  7. Only a stranger receives the full gift.

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

  1. Jesus, you will come to me today.
  2. I will grasp that special moment.
  3. My heart will call out to you.
  4. Cleanse me of the leprosy of my sins.
  5. Jesus, I will not forget you.
  6. I will return to give thanks and You will bless me even more.
  7. Do not let me disappoint you.

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

  1. I will thank those who have helped me in the past – parents, teachers, friends.
  2. All day long, I will give thanks for God’s blessings.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

“Go on your way, your faith has made you whole.”

NOVEMBER 10, 2015 – WEEK THIRTY TWO – TUESDAY – THE HUMBLE SERVANT

(Luke 17:7-10)

Prayer – O Jesus, let me serve you with a generous spirit and a humble heart.

Imagination – (Picture Jesus with his disciples.)

Context:

Jesus pierces deeper into his disciples’ hearts. He probes their inner thoughts and demands that they root out any self-righteousness.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

If a man has a servant who ploughs the field and herds the sheep, will he say to him when he comes in from the field, “Sit down immediately for your supper?” Will the owner not say, “Prepare my supper first. Serve me, while I eat and drink. Afterwards, you can eat and drink.”

Does he thank the servant for doing what is commanded? Not at all. So, when you do all these things that are commanded, just say “We are unprofitable servants. We just do that which has to be done.”

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

  1. The owner is not rich. He has just one servant who works both outside in the fields and in the house.
  2. This servant is totally faithful. He does all his work in both places.
  3. Jesus does not correct the disciple’s failure.       He explains Kingdom’s full challenge.
  4. The servant has two responsibilities.       He must complete all his tasks and consider himself “unprofitable”.
  5. This can happen only in the Kingdom. The greatest saints saw themselves as totally unworthy.
  6. The saints understood that God’s reward was so great and their labors were so small.

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

  1. Help me, O Lord, to be your servant.
  2. I will be faithful in the exterior tasks and in my interior prayer.
  3. Let me rejoice! To serve you is my greatest privilege.
  4. When all is done, let me honestly say that I am an unprofitable servant.
  5. My harvest is due more to your seeds than to my diligence.
  6. O Jesus, serving you is more a favor than a task.
  7. My work is so little and your rewards are so great!

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

  1. This day, I will be faithful to all that God desires of me.
  2. At the end of the day, I will rightly call myself “an unprofitable servant.”

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

We are unprofitable servants. We do what needs to be done.

NOVEMBER 9, 2015 – WEEK THIRTY TWO – MONDAY – COMMANDS FOR THE DISCIPLES

(Luke 17:1-6)

Prayer – O Jesus, make me your faithful disciple.

Imagination – (Picture Jesus instructing his disciples.)

Context:

This gospel contains three separate sayings of Jesus concerning discipleship. First, a disciple should never give scandal. Second, a disciple should correct another and forgive him whenever he is sorry. Third, the disciple must pray in faith.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said to his disciples, “It is inevitable that scandals will come but woe to those through whom they come. It would be better that he be thrown into the sea with a millstone around his neck than give scandal to one of these little ones.

Be on guard. If your brother sins against you, correct him and if he repents, then forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in one day and seven times he is sorry, forgive him.

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” The Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and transplanted into the sea” and it would obey”.

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

  1. In the gospels, Jesus takes time to form his disciples. They are very important to him.
  2. A “little one” is a beginner in the faith.       A disciple’s laxity will harm that new faith.
  3. The disciple must never give scandal, even allowing himself to be cast into the sea.
  4. Charity will correct another’s faults in the community.
  5. After repentance for wrongdoing, forgiveness must flow abundantly.
  6. What a perfect request! Lord, increase our faith.
  7. Faith is a tiny power which is released by even the smallest prayer.

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

  1. O Jesus, how much time you spend forming me into your disciple.
  2. Let me die rather than lead others astray into sin.
  3. Jesus, give me a spirit of forgiveness which sets aside all my grievances.
  4. Increase my faith, Jesus. Then I will be your disciple.
  5. What power you give me! My prayer can remove every obstacle.

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

  1. I will be careful of my words and actions, not wanting to lead anyone into sin.
  2. I will begin right now to pray with faith, asking for all I need to be Jesus’ disciple.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

If you had faith like a mustard seed, the mulberry tree would obey you.

NOVEMBER 8, 2015 – WEEK THIRTY TWO – SUNDAY (B) – THE WIDOW’S MITE

(Mark 12:38-44)

Prayer – O Jesus, to you I give all I have.

Imagination – (Picture Jesus in the temple with his disciples.)

Context:

This gospel joins two different scenes which describe two contrasting groups. In the first story, the scribes want everyone to see their goodness while secretly they steal widows’ money. In the second, the widow gives her money in secret. She is the saving hope of Israel.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

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

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

  1. Jesus’ criticism of the temple authorities reaches a high point. There is no hope for their repentance.
  2. Jesus wants to make sure that his disciples do not imitate their practices.
  3. They are hypocrites, wanting to look devout yet with rapacious hearts.
  4. This temple scene involves rich people, who give their money but their hearts are still attached to their wealth.
  5. The widow is different. Her gift comes from her heart. She despoils herself, and trusts in God.
  6. She is an image of Jesus, Who in a few days 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. Never abandon me, Jesus.
  3. I will not imitate the world’s selfishness.
  4. Jesus, give me an inner truth, always loyal to you and generous to your people.
  5. Detach my heart from my wealth. Let me not cling to my possessions. Empty me.
  6. I will give you everything, until I have nothing left. Then, we will walk together.

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

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

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

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