Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures
Saturday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time- Our Lady of Czestochowa
Preaching and Not Practicing
My thoughts go in a special way towards those souls consecrated to Me. Those are the chosen ones of My Heart. Even though they are chosen, they do not want to be intimately united with Me. They are distracted by their worldly concerns. Immerse yourself in Me. Take their place, not just for one hour but continuously. Do not ask Me what to do. Be creative! Take advantage of every opportunity to quench My thirst with your desire to save souls.” (Jesus) (April 8, 1962)
Today’s Readings: Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying,
“The scribes and the Pharisees
have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.
Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you,
but do not follow their example.
For they preach but they do not practice. (Matthew 23)
Prayer Meditation- O Lord, how easy it is to read the two above readings from the Gospel and the Diary and just shake our heads at “those Pharisees” or “those clergy and religious” who are not walking the walk. Criticizing the Church and clergy has become a cottage industry for some. But Lord, You have asked us to look first in a mirror (James 1:23) because we will see that we too have become distracted by worldly concerns including the media. What are we doing as the lay faithful- are we spending time in the Word or on Facebook? Are we praying for one hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament as we are able to for the life of the Church and the world? For our priests, religious, and also our families- for all trying to live a faithful life in their vocation? Are we sacrificing and praying for all who aren’t including making up for all the lost time when we were just living for the world? So let us not be those who preach and do not practice- let our lights shine for all to see in a dark world. Our Lady of Czestochowa, pray for us!