6/12/23 Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures
Encouragement In Every Affliction
Monday Of The Tenth Week of Ordinary Time
Jesus: “I did not say that to discourage you. I want to encourage you so that you do not seek relief by looking to the earth in your battles. Look only at Me. I want that, while snuggling yourself right against Me and surrendering to Me in your arduous struggles, you never stop looking only upwards.” (February 7, 1963)
Today’s Readings: For as Christ’s sufferings overflow to us,
so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow.
If we are afflicted,
it is for your encouragement and salvation;
if we are encouraged,
it is for your encouragement,
which enables you to endure the same sufferings that we suffer.
Our hope for you is firm,
for we know that as you share in the sufferings,
you also share in the encouragement. (2 Corinthians 1)
Prayer Meditation- O Lord, we thank You and bless You today because we know that our lives are full of sufferings and afflictions. And how often these sufferings drag us down to earth and we take our eyes off of You. It can be so hard to pray in those times, it can be so easy to be discouraged. And yet Lord, You tell us in today’s Gospel (Matthew 5) that blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. Lord help us to look only at You and to snuggle against Your most Sacred Heart surrendering all of our cares because You care for us (1 Peter 5:7). And let us take that encouragement from our time spent in prayer and in meditation on Your Word and at Mass and offer it to others who are suffering so that they too can share in the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). The peace that only comes from You!