DECEMBER 16, 2016 – WEEK THREE OF ADVENT – FRIDAY – JOHN – A LAMP BURNING BRIGHT

(John 5:33-36)

Prayer: O Jesus, I believe that you were sent by the Father.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus speaking to the crowds.)

Context:

In Advent, the readings highlight the role of John the Baptist. Jesus calls John a “lamp burning bright” because he testified about Jesus. Yet, Jesus has even greater testimony, the works he performs.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Jesus said to the Jews, “You sent to John and he testified about me. (I do not accept such human testimony but I receive it for your salvation). He was a burning and shining light and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light.

But I have a testimony greater than John, the works which the Father has given me to accomplish. These works themselves which I perform, give testimony that the Father has sent me.”

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

  1. The Jewish leaders sought John’s opinion but did not believe him.
  2. John testified to Jesus as best he could, according to his limited understanding.
  3. For John, Jesus was the Lamb of God and the Stronger One who would baptize in the Spirit.
  4. Jesus is much more. He is the Eternal Word made flesh.
  5. Jesus already knew what he came to do. John’s testimony was for the people.
  6. The heavenly Father was a greater witness.
  7. He gave Jesus power to work miracles.

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

  1. O Jesus, I believe your gospel testimony.
  2. You are the Lamb of God, the Son of God, the Word made flesh.
  3. O Father, You so loved the world that you sent Jesus.
  4. O Jesus, so many others have told me about you!
  5. O Father, all creation witnesses to you and you witness to Jesus.
  6. Jesus, I will be your witness, a burning and shining light for my generation.

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

  1. I will thank the Father for sending Jesus.
  2. I will strengthen the faith of others.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

John was a burning and shining lamp.

DECEMBER 15, 2016 – WEEK THREE OF ADVENT – THURSDAY

(Luke 7:24-30) 

Prayer: O Jesus, let me rejoice that I was born into your Kingdom.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus speaking to the crowds.)

Context:

Jesus has answered John’s messengers about being the Messiah. Now Jesus praises John, saying he is an angel preparing the way. Even though John is the greatest of the prophets, he did not live to see the glory of Jesus’ Kingdom. The final paragraph is interesting. Luke states that the crowds received Jesus because they were baptized by John and the others rejected Jesus because they rejected John’s ministry.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

When the messengers of John departed, Jesus spoke to the crowds about John, “What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed shaken by the wind? What really did you go out to see – a man clothed in soft garments? Those who eat well and are dressed in costly garments live in the houses of kings.

What did you go out to see – a prophet? Yes, and more than a prophet. He is the one of whom it is written, “Behold, I send my angel before your face to prepare the way before you.” I say to you that among those born of woman, there is no greater than John the Baptist. Yet, the least in the Kingdom of God is greater than he.

All the crowds that heard Jesus, even the tax collectors, gave praise to God because they had received from John the baptismal bath which he administered. The Pharisees and the lawyers, by failing to receive his baptism, defeated God’s plan in their regard.

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

  1. Many in the crowd had heard John. So, Jesus’ words awaken memories of their repentance.
  2. The people went into the desert because of their religious searchings.
  3. John fulfilled all their hopes. Even more, he led them to Jesus.
  4. John was God’s angel preparing for the Messiah.
  5. Even so, the least in Jesus’ Kingdom would be greater than John.
  6. This gospel describes two groups. The crowds rejoiced because John baptized them. The Pharisees missed God’s plan because they refused John’s Baptism and were not prepared.

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

  1. O Jesus, I will search for you.
  2. O Jesus, I will find you in the quiet desert of prayer.
  3. All my hopes are fulfilled in your presence.
  4. You prepare me for your greatest blessings.
  5. I want to be the least in your Kingdom.
  6. Send your angels to guide my path.

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

  1. Today, I will search spiritually, leaving behind what I can see and feel.
  2. I will rejoice in being baptized into Jesus’ kingdom.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

What did you go out to see?

DECEMBER 14, 2016 – WEEK THREE OF ADVENT – WEDNESDAY – MESSENGERS FROM JOHN

(Matthew 1:1-17)

Prayer: O Lord, I thank you that you have created me.

Imagination: (Picture Joseph and Mary at Bethlehem with the child, Jesus).

Context:

            Matthew traces the genealogy of Jesus through St. Joseph back to Abraham. He divides these ancestors into three groups, from Abraham to David (1000 BC), from David to the Babylon Captivity (587 BC), and from the Captivity to Joseph. The purpose is to show that Jesus is from the line of King David.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

A family record of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham (and the following) Isaac, Jacob, Judah, Perez, Hezron, Ram, Anminadab, Nahshon, Salmon, Boaz, (whose mother was Rahab), Obed (whose mother was Ruth), Jesse, King David, Solomon (whose mother was the wife of Uriah), Rehoboam, Abijah, Asa, Jehoshaphat, Joram, Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, Manasseh, Amos, Josiah, Jechoniah (at the time of the exile). After the Exile, Shealtiel, Zerubbabel, Abiud, Eliakim, Azor, Zadok, Achim, Eluid, Eleazar, Matthan, Jacob.

Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. It was of her that Jesus who is called the Messiah was born.   Thus, the total number of generations is: From Abraham to David, fourteen generations. From David to the Babylonian captivity, fourteen generations. From the Babylonian captivity to the Messiah, fourteen generations.

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

  1. The genealogy shows God’s guiding hand over many centuries.
  2. God wanted to bring forth Joseph, the husband of Mary and foster father of Jesus.
  3. The Babylonian captivity shows God’s special care. After seventy years, God led the exiles to return to Jerusalem and prepare for the Messiah.
  4. To highlight God’s special care, Matthew deliberately divides the groups into 14 ancestors, twice the special biblical number of seven.
  5. The list suddenly stops, because Joseph is not the father of Jesus. He is called “the husband of Mary”.
  6. The Virgin Mary, alone, brings forth the Messiah.
  7. Having given the ancestry, Matthew can now tell the story.
  8. His infancy stories will focus on Joseph, the person most deeply affected by his fiancé’s surprising pregnancy.

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

  1. Jesus, you were born at the right moment.
  2. Heavenly Father, I, too, was born at the right moment.
  3. How marvelous are your works. How wonderfully you have made me.
  4. All history is in your hands and I am in your hands.
  5. O Jesus, You will come again, at the end of time. I will be there waiting for you.
  6. O Lord, let me fulfill my purpose in your Kingdom.
  7. You are the Lord of all the ages. If I love you, I cannot fail.

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

  1. I will think today of my parents and grandparents, thanking God for their lives of faith.
  2. I will ask God to reveal his purpose for my life.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Joseph was the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus, who is called the Messiah.

DECEMBER 13, 2016 – WEEK THREE OF ADVENT – TUESDAY – THE PARABLE OF THE TWO SONS

(Matthew 21:28-32)

Prayer- O Jesus, give to me the grace of conversion.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus confronting his critics)

Context:

This is a parable of God’s mercy which explains the decisive moments of the Final Judgment. What a surprise! Publicans and prostitutes enter Jesus’ Kingdom. Why? Because they realized the need for conversion. They changed their “no” into a “yes”. The Jerusalem leaders, however, change their “yes” into a “no”.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

When Jesus was questioned about his authority, he told a parable. “What do you think? A certain man had two sons. Coming to the first, he said, “Son, work today in my vineyard.” He replied, “I will not go.” Afterwards, he was moved to repentance and went. Going to the second in a similar way, he asked the same question. He said, “I will go”. However, he did not go. Which of the two did the Father’s will?

They said, “The first”. Jesus replied, “I say to you that the publicans and prostitutes shall go first into the kingdom. When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him. However, the publicans and prostitutes did. When you saw them repent, you did not repent and believe him.”

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

  1. The first son represents a sinner who sees his own disobedience and feels guilty.
  2. When repentance is preached, he changes his “No” to a “Yes”.
  3. He takes advantage of God’s mercy.
  4. The second son represents people who think they have no sins.
  5. They fool themselves and feel no need for repentance.
  6. They reject the favor of forgiveness. Their superficial yes becomes an unchangeable “No”.
  7. The result is obvious. The sinners enter the Kingdom because they took advantage of forgiveness. Others are excluded because they see no need to change their lives. 

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

  1. God, your forgiveness is everywhere, like rain falling from the sky.
  2. O Jesus, I shout from the housetops, “I am a sinner.”
  3. O God, I will change every “No” that I have said into a “Yes.”
  4. By your mercy, my second state will be much better than my first.
  5. O Jesus, your power to forgive is far greater than my power to sin.
  6. O God, why should I hide my sins from myself when they are so evident to you?

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

  1. I will write down all my sins (so they become evident to me) and I will confess these sins to a priest.
  2. I will trust totally in God’s mercy.

Thought for the day (To recall your meditation)

Publicans and prostitutes shall go first into the Kingdom.

DECEMBER 12, 2016 – WEEK THREE OF ADVENT – MONDAY – WHAT ABOUT JOHN’S BAPTISM?

(Matthew 21:23-27)

Prayer: O Jesus, you have all authority in heaven and earth.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching in the temple, confronted by the temple authorities.)

Context:

The day before, Jesus had cleansed the temple. As he comes back, the temple authorities want to know by what authority he took that action. Jesus avoids answering this question. Instead, he shames the leaders. They are embarrassed by their mistakes concerning the Baptist’s authority.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

When Jesus came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders asked, “By what authority do you do these things? Who has given you the authority?”

Jesus responded, “I have a question. If you answer it, I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Where did the Baptism of John come from? Did it come from man or from heaven?

They thought within, “If we say from heaven, he will ask ‘Then, why did you not believe?’ But if we say, ‘From men’, we are afraid of the crowds because all believed that John was a prophet.” So they said to Jesus, “We do not know”. Jesus said to them, “Then, neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

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

  1. The temple authorities also strenuously resisted Jesus’ message.
  2. The temple needed a cleansing and the leaders resented Jesus’ purifying action.
  3. They attack the messenger, trying to discredit Jesus.
  4. However, they had foolishly resisted John the Baptist whom the people had accepted.
  5. Jesus’ reply catches them off-guard. They know they were wrong the first time.
  6. If they were mistaken about John, they are probably mistaken about Jesus.
  7. Jesus does not need to reply. They are discredited.

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

  1. Cleanse my temple, Lord. I will not object at all.
  2. Jesus, I will not resist your message.
  3. Jesus, you have all authority. Your every word is eternal life.
  4. Lord, do not let me repeat past mistakes.
  5. My choosing you is no mistake. You are Messiah and Lord.
  6. Your message is from heaven, where you will take me soon.

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

I will admit my past mistakes so I do not repeat them.

I will give Jesus total authority over my life.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Did John’s message come from men or from heaven?

DECEMBER 11, 2016 – WEEK THREE OF ADVENT – SUNDAY C – THE BAPTIST’S MESSAGE

(Luke 3:7-16)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Help me to accept the demands of the Kingdom.

Imagination: (Picture John preaching at the Jordan River.)

Context:

The people are anxious for the Kingdom and are filled with many questions. John has excellent answers. He, also, clearly define his relationship to Jesus.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

People asked John, “Master, what are we to do?” He said, ‘If you have two coats, give to him who has none. Whoever has food, should do likewise.” To the tax collectors who came to be baptized he said, “Do not collect more than is legal.” To the soldiers, he said, “Do not take any money by force and accuse no one unjustly. Be content with your pay.”

John said, “I am baptizing you with water, but there is one coming who is mightier than I. I am not fit to loosen his sandal strap. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire. Using exhortations like this, he preached the good news to the people.

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

  1. Filled with holy desires, the people want to know what is required of them to enter the Kingdom.
  2. John’s instructions are very simple.       “Share your coat” and “Share your food.”
  3. John even interprets God’s will for tax collectors. “Do not collect too much”.
  4. To the soldiers, he says, “Do no violence.       Act justly. Be content with your pay.”
  5. Since these demands are reasonable, they gain great hope.
  6. John gives even greater hope. He speaks of someone who will baptize in the Holy Spirit and fire.
  7. John’s message was good news to a despairing Israel.

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

  1. O Jesus, I am filled with holy desires.
  2. Show me what to do to enter your Kingdom.
  3. Your demands are reasonable and easy to obey.
  4. I will do the simple tasks of my state in life.
  5. Your word is good news for my soul.
  6. You fill me with great hope. I can be your disciple.
  7. You even pour out your Spirit of divine fire.

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

  1. I will seek to know what God demands of me.
  2. I will take hope. God never demands the impossible.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Using exhortations like these, he preached the good news to the people.

DECEMBER 16, 2015 – WEEK THREE OF ADVENT – WEDNESDAY – MESSENGERS FROM JOHN

(Luke 7:18-23)

Prayer: O Jesus, let me always believe in You.

Imagination: (Picture John’s disciples questioning Jesus.)

Context:

John preached repentance and confession of sins. He expected Jesus to be even more fiery in his preachings. Instead, Jesus eats with sinners and opens the Kingdom to tax collectors. John wonders whether Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus points to all the healings as proof of his divine call.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

John’s disciples came to him and told him all that was happening in Jesus’ ministry. John sent two of them to Jesus. When they arrived, they asked him, “Are you the one who is to come, or do we look for another?” At that very hour, Jesus was curing many people of their diseases, sufferings and evil spirits. He also gave sight to many who were blind.

Jesus said, “Go and tell John what you have heard and seen. The blind see. The lame walk. The lepers are made clean. The deaf hear. The dead rise. The poor have the gospel preached to them. Blessed is that person who finds no stumbling block in me.”

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

  1. John sits in prison, his life’s work almost completed.
  2. He is filled with doubts. Was he correct in pointing out Jesus as the Messiah?
  3. He has an important question. Are you the Messiah? Are you the one who is to come?
  4. Jesus presents all the evidence. He heals the blind, the lame and the lepers.   Even the dead rise and testify to Jesus.
  5. The gospel does not record the effect of these words upon John or his disciples.
  6. The story is meant to help us to believe.
  7. God will always do things God’s way. Do not be scandalized by God’s plan.

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

  1. Jesus, in my doubts, I will come to you.
  2. Jesus, You present all the evidence. I know you are the Messiah.
  3. You heal. You cure. You raise from the dead.
  4. I will be still. I will watch for you.
  5. When you finish your work in me, I will understand what you are doing.
  6. Do your work in me. I will await your touch.
  7. You are not a stumbling block. You are the way to the Father. I will not be scandalized.

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

  1. I will ponder the evidence in the gospels.
  2. I will believe in Jesus, no matter what happens.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Go and tell John all that you have seen and heard.

DECEMBER 15, 2015 – WEEK THREE OF ADVENT – TUESDAY – THE PARABLE OF THE TWO SONS

(Matthew 21:28-32)

Prayer- O Jesus, give to me the grace of conversion.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus confronting his critics)

Context:

This is a parable of God’s mercy which explains the decisive moments of the Final Judgment. What a surprise! Publicans and prostitutes enter Jesus’ Kingdom. Why? Because they realized the need for conversion. They changed their “no” into a “yes”. The Jerusalem leaders, however, change their “yes” into a “no”.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

When Jesus was questioned about his authority, he told a parable. “What do you think? A certain man had two sons. Coming to the first, he said, “Son, work today in my vineyard.” He replied, “I will not go.” Afterwards, he was moved to repentance and went. Going to the second in a similar way, he asked the same question. He said, “I will go”. However, he did not go. Which of the two did the Father’s will?

They said, “The first”. Jesus replied, “I say to you that the publicans and prostitutes shall go first into the kingdom. When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him. However, the publicans and prostitutes did. When you saw them repent, you did not repent and believe him.”

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

  1. The first son represents a sinner who sees his own disobedience and feels guilty.
  2. When repentance is preached, he changes his “No” to a “Yes”.
  3. He takes advantage of God’s mercy.
  4. The second son represents people who think they have no sins.
  5. They fool themselves and feel no need for repentance.
  6. They reject the favor of forgiveness. Their superficial yes becomes an unchangeable “No”.
  7. The result is obvious. The sinners enter the Kingdom because they took advantage of forgiveness. Others are excluded because they see no need to change their lives. 

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

  1. God, your forgiveness is everywhere, like rain falling from the sky.
  2. O Jesus, I shout from the housetops, “I am a sinner.”
  3. O God, I will change every “No” that I have said into a “Yes.”
  4. By your mercy, my second state will be much better than my first.
  5. O Jesus, your power to forgive is far greater than my power to sin.
  6. O God, why should I hide my sins from myself when they are so evident to you?

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

  1. I will write down all my sins (so they become evident to me) and I will confess these sins to a priest.
  2. I will trust totally in God’s mercy.

Thought for the day (To recall your meditation)

Publicans and prostitutes shall go first into the Kingdom.

DECEMBER 14, 2015 – WEEK THREE OF ADVENT – MONDAY – WHAT ABOUT JOHN’S BAPTISM?

(Matthew 21:23-27)

Prayer: O Jesus, you have all authority in heaven and earth.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching in the temple, confronted by the temple authorities.)

Context:

The day before, Jesus had cleansed the temple. As he comes back, the temple authorities want to know by what authority he took that action. Jesus avoids answering this question. Instead, he shames the leaders. They are embarrassed by their mistakes concerning the Baptist’s authority.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

When Jesus came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders asked, “By what authority do you do these things? Who has given you the authority?”

Jesus responded, “I have a question. If you answer it, I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Where did the Baptism of John come from? Did it come from man or from heaven?

They thought within, “If we say from heaven, he will ask ‘Then, why did you not believe?’ But if we say, ‘From men’, we are afraid of the crowds because all believed that John was a prophet.” So they said to Jesus, “We do not know”. Jesus said to them, “Then, neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

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

  1. The temple authorities also strenuously resisted Jesus’ message.
  2. The temple needed a cleansing and the leaders resented Jesus’ purifying action.
  3. They attack the messenger, trying to discredit Jesus.
  4. However, they had foolishly resisted John the Baptist whom the people had accepted.
  5. Jesus’ reply catches them off-guard. They know they were wrong the first time.
  6. If they were mistaken about John, they are probably mistaken about Jesus.
  7. Jesus does not need to reply. They are discredited.

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

  1. Cleanse my temple, Lord. I will not object at all.
  2. Jesus, I will not resist your message.
  3. Jesus, you have all authority. Your every word is eternal life.
  4. Lord, do not let me repeat past mistakes.
  5. My choosing you is no mistake. You are Messiah and Lord.
  6. Your message is from heaven, where you will take me soon.

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

I will admit my past mistakes so I do not repeat them.

I will give Jesus total authority over my life.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Did John’s message come from men or from heaven?

DECEMBER 13, 2015 – WEEK THREE OF ADVENT – SUNDAY (C) – THE BAPTIST’S MESSAGE

(Luke 3:7-16)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Help me to accept the demands of the Kingdom.

Imagination: (Picture John preaching at the Jordan River.)

Context:

The people are anxious for the Kingdom and are filled with many questions. John has excellent answers. He, also, clearly define his relationship to Jesus.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

People asked John, “Master, what are we to do?” He said, ‘If you have two coats, give to him who has none. Whoever has food, should do likewise.” To the tax collectors who came to be baptized he said, “Do not collect more than is legal.” To the soldiers, he said, “Do not take any money by force and accuse no one unjustly. Be content with your pay.”

John said, “I am baptizing you with water, but there is one coming who is mightier than I. I am not fit to loosen his sandal strap. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire. Using exhortations like this, he preached the good news to the people.

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

  1. Filled with holy desires, the people want to know what is required of them to enter the Kingdom.
  2. John’s instructions are very simple.       “Share your coat” and “Share your food.”
  3. John even interprets God’s will for tax collectors. “Do not collect too much”.
  4. To the soldiers, he says, “Do no violence.       Act justly. Be content with your pay.”
  5. Since these demands are reasonable, they gain great hope.
  6. John gives even greater hope. He speaks of someone who will baptize in the Holy Spirit and fire.
  7. John’s message was good news to a despairing Israel.

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

  1. O Jesus, I am filled with holy desires.
  2. Show me what to do to enter your Kingdom.
  3. Your demands are reasonable and easy to obey.
  4. I will do the simple tasks of my state in life.
  5. Your word is good news for my soul.
  6. You fill me with great hope. I can be your disciple.
  7. You even pour out your Spirit of divine fire.

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

  1. I will seek to know what God demands of me.
  2. I will take hope. God never demands the impossible.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Using exhortations like these, he preached the good news to the people.

NOVEMBER 29, 2015 – WEEK THREE OF ADVENT – SUNDAY (C) – 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:

These are Jesus’ final words of teaching before the Last Supper. Jesus is worried. He will not be returning to earth soon. 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. His final words 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 this 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 sets aside Jesus’ Kingdom. Inevitably they will be caught.
  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. 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. Where am I indulgent and entangled in worldly cares?
  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.