WEEK TWELVE – SATURDAY – JULY 1, 2017 A CENTURION WITH GREAT FAITH (MT 8:5-11)

Prayer: O Jesus, fill me with faith in all that you can do.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with the Centurion.)

Context:

This Gentile centurion is the great model of faith. He believed that Jesus could heal at a distance (unheard of in Judaism). Even Jesus proclaims his extraordinary faith.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him saying,
“Lord, my servant is at home in bed paralyzed suffering painfully.” Jesus said,
“I will come and heal him. The centurion answered, “Lord, I am not worthy that
you should enter under my roof,
but say but the word and my servant shall be healed.

I also am a man subject to authority, having soldiers under me. I say to this one, “Go” and he goes. To another, “Come” and he comes. To my servant
“Do this” and he does it.”

Hearing this, Jesus was amazed and said to the crowd who followed him.
“Amen I say to you that I have not found such great faith in Israel. Many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham
and Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of heaven, while the natural heirs will be
cast out into the dark.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

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

WEEK TWELVE – FRIDAY – JUNE 30, 2017 CLEANSING A LEPER (MT 8:1-4)

Prayer: O Jesus, help me to believe that you can cleanse me.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus cleansing the leper)

Context:

Jesus has just finished his great discourse on the mountain. As he descends, he quickly encounters the real life difficulties of illness,
diabolical possessions and storms at sea. In this story, the leper’s actions and words show a great faith that allows Jesus to heal.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. Suddenly,
a leper came to Jesus. Kneeling down he said, “If you will, you can make me clean.”
Jesus had compassion on him. He stretched out his hand and, touching him, said,
“I will. Be made clean.”

When he had said these words, the leprosy left him and he was made clean. Jesus said to him very strictly, “Tell no one. Go, show yourself to the high priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed. That will be proof for them.”

However, the leper went out and told everyone. So, the word went forth. As a result, Jesus could not go openly into a city, but he stayed in desert places. Yet, they came to him from everywhere.

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

  1. The leper has seen others who were healed and the leper is stirred to faith.
    He, too, can be cleansed.
  2. Jesus shows deep human feelings of compassion to the leper’s condition.
  3. Jesus comes close. He touches the leper, confident that his power is greater than the illness.
  4. His power goes forth quickly. He uses just a simple word, “Be clean.”
  5. The leper is like a newly baptized convert, wanting to tell the world what has happened.
  6. Even when Jesus remains in deserted places, the crowds find him. They know the power of God is in their midst.

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

  1. Lord Jesus, you have great power. I believe. Please make me clean.
  2. O Jesus, you always have compassion for me.
  3. You come close. You touch me. You make me whole.
  4. After you cleanse me, I will begin a new life.
  5. My tongue will not be silent. I will tell everyone. I will proclaim your mighty deeds. Then, others will believe and search for you.

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

  1. No matter what my illness (moral or physical) I will believe that Jesus can make me clean.
  2. I will be God’s witness, telling others of Jesus’ cleansing actions upon me.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

If you will it, you can make me clean.

WEEK TWELVE – WEDNESDAY – JUNE 28, 2017 THE FALSE PROPHETS (MT 7:15-20)

Prayer: O Jesus, teach me to be on guard lest I be deceived.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching his disciples.)

Context:

Matthew tries to protect and form his church members. He protects them by warning against false prophets who can lead them astray. He forms them by demanding a life that brings forth good deeds.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing
but inwardly are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles?

Every good tree brings forth good fruit and every evil tree brings forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth bad fruit nor a bad tree bring forth good fruit.

Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit will be cut down
and thrown into the fire. By their fruits you shall know them.

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

  1. In Jesus’ time, people claiming to be true prophets, led the people astray.
  2. The Holy Spirit of Pentecost raised up true prophets to guide the people.
  3. Today, we have both true and false prophets.
  4. The true prophet proclaims Jesus as Lord and exalts him.
  5. The false prophet points to himself and his own greatness.
  6. Follow the true prophet and bring forth good fruit in your life. Otherwise, you will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

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

  1. O Jesus, let your true voice sound loudly in my heart.
  2. Send me your true friends to speak your word to me.
  3. You are the Lord. I exalt you and follow you. Lead me wherever you wish.
  4. O Jesus, so many voices lead me astray. Help me.
  5. I will follow your Church, the voice of the true prophet.
  6. O Jesus, I will bring forth fruit and you will not cut me down.

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

  1. I will examine who leads me to God and will follow them.
  2. I will find some minutes for inner stillness to listen to God’s word.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

Every good tree brings forth good fruit.

WEEK TWELVE – TUESDAY – JUNE 27, 2017 THE NARROW ROAD (MT 7:6 & 12-14)

Prayer: O Jesus, teach me to enter by the narrow gate of selflessness and walk the narrow

Road that leads to life.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus warning his disciples about the conditions for eternal life.)

Context:

Matthew writes for his Church members who have chosen the Kingdom. They want eternal life, but He warns them that the gate is narrow.
Many go through a wide gate
that does not lead them into the Kingdom.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not give what is holy to dogs or
toss your pearls before swine.

They will trample them underfoot, at best, or even tear you to shreds. Enter by the narrow
gate, for the gate that leads to destruction is wide and many enter. How narrow is the gate that leads to life and how constricted is the road and how few find it.

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

  1. Dogs and swine represent those who have no interest in the holy pearls of the gospel. The disciples, although preaching to all, must not expose the gospel to ridicule.
  2. To enter by the narrow gate is to accept the discipline needed to keep the commandments.
  3. Some disciples want to be lax, refusing to accept restrictions on their freedom.
  4. They are foolish. They are entering a wide gate that leads to destruction of their lives.
  5. Not only is the beginning gate narrow, but the whole road is constricted.
  6. Living by the gospel doesn’t mean just being good at the beginning (to get through
    the narrow gate is not enough.) The disciple must persevere on the narrow road.
  7. This gate and road are not hard to find. People do not searching because they do not want to find.
  8. All these warnings are wake-up calls!

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

  1. O Jesus, your words are pearls that I will cherish.
  2. Do not let me toss away your gospel.
  3. O Jesus, I will enter by your narrow gate.
  4. Show me the narrow road and I will walk with you.
  5. Close my eyes to the wide paths of death and destruction.
  6. I want your eternal life, Jesus. No matter what the cost.
  7. How I love your narrow gate which leads to life.

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

  1. I will accept the restrictions imposed by God’s love.
  2. I will seek eternal life with all my heart, not fearing the narrow way.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

How narrow is the gate that leads to life.

WEEK TWELVE – MONDAY – JUNE 26, 2017 JUDGING OTHERS (MT 7:1-5)

Prayer: O Jesus, teach me compassion and forgiveness to improve my
relationships with others.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching His disciples not to judge.)

Context:

Jesus praised the meek and the peacemakers. In these words,
Jesus explains how to fulfill those roles. Not to judge other disciples is meekness and to remove your own faults is to make peace.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud).

Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. As you judge, so you will be judged. The measure with which you measure out, will be measured out to you.

Why do you see the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not see the
wooden beam in your own? Why do you say to your brother, “Let me take the splinter out of your eye”
when there is a wooden beam in your eye? Hypocrite! Remove the beam in your own eye first and then you can remove the splinter in
your brother’s eye.

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

  1. Because this issue is so important, Jesus goes into great detail.
  2. “Brother” means a fellow-believer. Disciples should have a loving relationship with each other.
  3. Judging others destroys compassion and unity.
  4. Seeing the faults of others, blinds the disciple to his own greater failings.
  5. Jesus wants his disciple to stop judging and to start cleansing his own soul.
  6. Once purified, he can purify others.

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

  1. O Jesus, how falsely I judge others.
  2. Remove my critical spirit.
  3. Let me excuse the faults of others, not magnify them.
  4. Fill me with your compassion and mercy.
  5. If I do not judge, you will not judge me.
  6. Make me a little child, O Jesus, who sees goodness in every person.

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

  1. Look at your relationships. What can you do to improve them?
  2. Seek a child-like spirit that overlooks evil.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

Do not judge, so you will not be judged.

WEEK TWELVE – SUNDAY A – JUNE 25, 2017 MT: 10:26-33

Prayer: O Jesus, free me from fear so I acknowledge to all that I am your disciple.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus speaking with his apostles).

Context

Jesus is sending his apostles to preach the Kingdom. This is all new for them. Jesus foresees that they will be persecuted and could easily fear, resulting in their
failure to acknowledge him before men. This teaching not to fear is always needed. Until the end of time, anyone who preaches Jesus will be intimidated by others.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

Jesus said to his apostles, Do not fear men who intimidate you, because nothing is
hidden which will not be revealed and nothing concealed that will not become known. What I tell you in darkness, speak in the light. What you hear in private, preach
on the housetops.

Do not fear those who can kill the body but are not able to kill the soul. Fear only those who can destroy both body and soul in hell.

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And yet, not one of them falls to the
ground without your Father knowing it. As for you, the very hairs of your head are numbered. Therefore, do not fear. You are worth more than many sparrows.

Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. Whoever disowns me before men, I will disown before my heavenly Father.

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

  1. Jesus’ teachings are hidden in the hearts of the disciples. At this point, they bless only the disciples.
  2. That will change. The apostles will go to all the world. By their preaching, Jesus’ words will be known everywhere.
  3. The person preaching Jesus’ word will face persecution and possibly, death.
  4. Jesus must tell them that losing bodily life is not to be feared.
  5. They are more valuable to the Father than any other part of creation.
  6. The final result is clear. If they preach and are killed, Jesus will acknowledge them. If they cease to preach and disown Jesus, he must disown them.

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

  1. O Jesus, plant your word deeply in my heart.
  2. I will make it known from the housetops.
  3. O Jesus, I will multiply your word to the nations.
  4. O Jesus, what a joy to be the instrument of your word.
  5. How the Father values me. He called me to spread Jesus’ word.
  6. Help me to fear no one, especially those who would steal heaven from me.
  7. O Jesus, you will acknowledge me before the Father. You will say, “He spread my word.”

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

  1. I will drink fully of Jesus’ words.
  2. I will share my faith with others.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

Nothing is secret that will not be made known.

JUNE 25, 2016 – WEEK TWELVE – SATURDAY – A CENTURION WITH GREAT FAITH

(Matthew 8:5-11)

Prayer: O Jesus, fill me with faith in all that you can do.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus with the Centurion.)

Context:

This Gentile centurion is the great model of faith. He believed that Jesus could heal at a distance (unheard of in Judaism). Even Jesus proclaims his extraordinary faith.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him saying, “Lord, my servant is at home in bed paralyzed suffering painfully.” Jesus said, “I will come and heal him. The centurion answered, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but say but the word and my servant shall be healed.

I also am a man subject to authority, having soldiers under me. I say to this one, “Go” and he goes. To another, “Come” and he comes. To my servant “Do this” and he does it.”

Hearing this, Jesus was amazed and said to the crowd who followed him. “Amen I say to you that I have not found such great faith in Israel. Many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of heaven, while the natural heirs will be cast out into the dark.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

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

JUNE 24, 2016 – WEEK TWELVE – FRIDAY – CLEANSING A LEPER

(Matthew 8:1-4)

Prayer: O Jesus, help me to believe that you can cleanse me.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus cleansing the leper)

Context:

Jesus has just finished his great discourse on the mountain. As he descends, he quickly encounters the real life difficulties of illness, diabolical possessions and storms at sea. In this story, the leper’s actions and words show a great faith that allows Jesus to heal.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. Suddenly, a leper came to Jesus. Kneeling down he said, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Jesus had compassion on him. He stretched out his hand and, touching him, said, “I will. Be made clean.”

When he had said these words, the leprosy left him and he was made clean. Jesus said to him very strictly, “Tell no one. Go, show yourself to the high priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed. That will be proof for them.”

However, the leper went out and told everyone. So, the word went forth. As a result, Jesus could not go openly into a city, but he stayed in desert places. Yet, they came to him from everywhere.

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

  1. The leper has seen others who were healed and the leper is stirred to faith. He, too, can be cleansed.
  2. Jesus shows deep human feelings of compassion to the leper’s condition.
  3. Jesus comes close. He touches the leper, confident that his power is greater than the illness.
  4. His power goes forth quickly. He uses just a simple word, “Be clean.”
  5. The leper is like a newly baptized convert, wanting to tell the world what has happened.
  6. Even when Jesus remains in deserted places, the crowds find him.       They know the power of God is in their midst.

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

  1. Lord Jesus, you have great power. I believe. Please make me clean.
  2. O Jesus, you always have compassion for me.
  3. You come close. You touch me. You make me whole.
  4. After you cleanse me, I will begin a new life.
  5. My tongue will not be silent. I will tell everyone. I will proclaim your mighty deeds. Then, others will believe and search for you.

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

  1. No matter what my illness (moral or physical) I will believe that Jesus can make me clean.
  2. I will be God’s witness, telling others of Jesus’ cleansing actions upon me.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

If you will it, you can make me clean.

JUNE 23, 2016 – WEEK TWELVE – THURSDAY – DOING THE FATHER’S WILL

(Matthew 7:21-24)

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit. Teach me to do the Father’s will.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching His disciples true devotion.)

Context:

The disciples in Matthew’s Church exercised many charismatic powers (as seen in this gospel). Here, Matthew issues a severe warning. These powers do not get the disciple into heaven. Only doing the Father’s will accomplishes that.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Not everyone who says to me “Lord, Lord”, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven. Only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and cast out devils in your name and do miracles in your name?” And I will say to them, “I never knew you. Depart from me you workers of inequity.”

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

  1. If you do not enter Jesus’ Kingdom, you will be lost forever.
  2. Lip service, like saying “Lord, Lord” does not suffice.
  3. Even having special powers, like prophecy and healing, do not open the door.
  4. To enter heaven, you must do the Father’s will.
  5. What if you performed miracles and lived an evil life? What would this profit you?
  6. If you have no interest in the Father’s will, you are really a “worker of inequity”. Somewhat shocking!

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

  1. O Jesus, often I say “Lord, Lord” but do not do the Father’s will.
  2. Lord, if I do your will, you will take me to heaven.
  3. Jesus, help me to enter heaven someday.
  4. Give me great powers, but only to serve your Kingdom.
  5. Jesus, make me a true child of God.
  6. Jesus, I want you to say “Come. I know you. You have done my Father’s will.”

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

  1. I will cry out “Lord” and live by his commandments.
  2. I will reject every lie in my life.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

Only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

JUNE 22, 2016 – WEEK TWELVE – WEDNESDAY – THE FALSE PROPHETS

(Matthew 7:15-20)

Prayer: O Jesus, teach me to be on guard lest I be deceived.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching his disciples.)

Context:

Matthew tries to protect and form his church members. He protects them by warning against false prophets who can lead them astray. He forms them by demanding a life that brings forth good deeds.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles?

Every good tree brings forth good fruit and every evil tree brings forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth bad fruit nor a bad tree bring forth good fruit.

Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. By their fruits you shall know them.

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

  1. In Jesus’ time, people claiming to be true prophets, led the people astray.
  2. The Holy Spirit of Pentecost raised up true prophets to guide the people.
  3. Today, we have both true and false prophets.
  4. The true prophet proclaims Jesus as Lord and exalts him.
  5. The false prophet points to himself and his own greatness.
  6. Follow the true prophet and bring forth good fruit in your life.       Otherwise, you will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

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

  1. O Jesus, let your true voice sound loudly in my dheart.
  2. Send me your true friends to speak your word to me.
  3. You are the Lord. I exalt you and follow you. Lead me wherever you wish.
  4. O Jesus, so many voices lead me astray. Help me.
  5. I will follow your Church, the voice of the true prophet.
  6. O Jesus, I will bring forth fruit and you will not cut me down.

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

  1. I will examine who leads me to God and will follow them.
  2. I will find some minutes for inner stillness to listen to God’s word.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

Every good tree brings forth good fruit.

JUNE 21, 2016 – WEEK TWELVE – TUESDAY – THE NARROW ROAD

(Matthew 7:6 & 12-14)

Prayer: O Jesus, teach me to enter by the narrow gate of selflessness and walk the narrow

Road that leads to life.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus warning his disciples about the conditions for eternal life.)

Context:

Matthew writes for his Church members who have chosen the Kingdom. They want eternal life, but He warns them that the gate is narrow. Many go through a wide gate that does not lead them into the Kingdom.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)

Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not give what is holy to dogs or toss your pearls before swine.

They will trample them underfoot, at best, or even tear you to shreds. Enter by the narrow gate, for the gate that leads to destruction is wide and many enter. How narrow is the gate that leads to life and how constricted is the road and how few find it.

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

  1. Dogs and swine represent those who have no interest in the holy pearls of the gospel. The disciples, although preaching to all, must not expose the gospel to ridicule.
  2. To enter by the narrow gate is to accept the discipline needed to keep the commandments.
  3. Some disciples want to be lax, refusing to accept restrictions on their freedom.
  4. They are foolish. They are entering a wide gate that leads to destruction of their lives.
  5. Not only is the beginning gate narrow, but the whole road is constricted.
  6. Living by the gospel doesn’t mean just being good at the beginning (to get through the narrow gate is not enough.) The disciple must persevere on the narrow road.
  7. This gate and road are not hard to find. People do not searching because they do not want to find.
  8. All these warnings are wake-up calls!

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

  1. O Jesus, your words are pearls that I will cherish.
  2. Do not let me toss away your gospel.
  3. O Jesus, I will enter by your narrow gate.
  4. Show me the narrow road and I will walk with you.
  5. Close my eyes to the wide paths of death and destruction.
  6. I want your eternal life, Jesus. No matter what the cost.
  7. How I love your narrow gate which leads to life.

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

  1. I will accept the restrictions imposed by God’s love.
  2. I will seek eternal life with all my heart, not fearing the narrow way.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

How narrow is the gate that leads to life.

JUNE 20, 2016 – WEEK TWELVE – MONDAY – JUDGING OTHERS

(Matthew 7:1-5) 

Prayer: O Jesus, teach me compassion and forgiveness to improve my relationships with others.

Imagination: (Picture Jesus teaching His disciples not to judge.)

Context:

Jesus praised the meek and the peacemakers. In these words, Jesus explains how to fulfill those roles. Not to judge other disciples is meekness and to remove your own faults is to make peace.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud).

Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. As you judge, so you will be judged. The measure with which you measure out, will be measured out to you.

Why do you see the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not see the wooden beam in your own? Why do you say to your brother, “Let me take the splinter out of your eye” when there is a wooden beam in your eye? Hypocrite! Remove the beam in your own eye first and then you can remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.

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

  1. Because this issue is so important, Jesus goes into great detail.
  2. “Brother” means a fellow-believer. Disciples should have a loving relationship with each other.
  3. Judging others destroys compassion and unity.
  4. Seeing the faults of others, blinds the disciple to his own greater failings.
  5. Jesus wants his disciple to stop judging and to start cleansing his own soul.
  6. Once purified, he can purify others.

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

  1. O Jesus, how falsely I judge others.
  2. Remove my critical spirit.
  3. Let me excuse the faults of others, not magnify them.
  4. Fill me with your compassion and mercy.
  5. If I do not judge, you will not judge me.
  6. Make me a little child, O Jesus, who sees goodness in every person.

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

  1. Look at your relationships. What can you do to improve them?
  2. Seek a child-like spirit that overlooks evil.

Thought for the day: (To recall your meditation)

Do not judge, so you will not be judged.

JUNE 19, 2016 – WEEK TWELVE – SUNDAY (C) – JESUS’ IDENTITY REVEALED

(Luke 9:18-22) 

Prayer: O Holy Spirit, open to my heart the mystery of Jesus Christ.

Imagination – (Picture Jesus with his disciples)

Context:

At the synagogue in Nazareth, Jesus proclaimed what he would accomplish for Israel. This gospel reveals even more. Jesus is Israel’s Messiah. At this point, only the disciples can know. The crowds would misinterpret this truth and make him a king. Jesus quickly explains that he will be a suffering Messiah.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud).

As Jesus was praying in seclusion, his disciples were with him. He asked them, “Whom do people say that I am. They answered, “Some say John the Baptist. Some say Elijah. Others say that one of the prophets has arisen.”

He said, “Whom do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “The Messiah of God”. He strictly commanded them not to tell anyone, saying “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and be put to death and rise on the third day.”

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

  1. The disciples are especially blessed when they join Jesus in prayer.
  2. The false opinions about Jesus show that the worldly person cannot comprehend the mysteries of God.
  3. Jesus’ direct question fills Simon Peter with faith and divine revelation.
  4. Jesus is the Messiah, sent by God to fulfill his divine plan.
  5. For now, that startling truth must not be preached.
  6. He will be a surprising Messiah. He will suffer, die, and rise. This is the Father’s plan.

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

  1. O Jesus, let me join you every day in prayer.
  2. All your blessings await me as I pray.
  3. Only faith, not human intelligence, can understand who you are.
  4. You are my Messiah, bringing all God’s favors.
  5. The Father has sent you to bless me.
  6. I will follow you into the great mystery of your death. I will die with you on Calvary, knowing that you will raise me from the dead.

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

  1. I will get to know Jesus Christ from daily mental prayer.
  2. I will accept the crosses in my life.

Thought for the Day (To recall your meditation)

You are the Messiah of God.