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Forgiven

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures

Tuesday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Forgiven


“I always think of what I can give You. Once more, Lord, my Jesus, I give You my sins again and again, and the monotonous flow of tears from my heart imbued with graces. Please listen to me. This is the music of my heart and the only gift I can offer.” (Elizabeth) (April 15, 1964)


Today’s Readings: Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me. (Psalm 51)


Prayer Meditation- Lord Jesus we thank You for Your Mercy and Compassion which are endless and inexhaustible. We thank You for Your Forgiveness freely given, a gift we cannot earn. Lord You wait for us again and again in the tribunal of Mercy, the Confessional. Let us not ever be afraid to approach You with confidence and trust!

MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2024 WEEK ELEVEN – ORDINARY TIME

RELATIONSHIPS (MT 5-38-42)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit. Teach me how to love as a disciple should.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching kindness to his disciples.

Context:

The Jewish law to take only “An eye for an eye” was actually merciful in Jesus’ time. It limited the amount of revenge.  Jesus goes beyond this legal mercy.  The disciple must respond with extreme thoughtfulness, hoping to lead his opponent to faith in Jesus.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. Jesus describes the new relationships in the Kingdom.  If his disciples relate to others in this way, the Kingdom will spread quickly.
  2. Jesus asks his disciples not to retaliate.  In this way violence will end and the gospel can be preached.
  3. Jesus asks the disciple to be patient, so others can see the Kingdom’s power.
  4. The disciple does not invoke the law.  Let the person have both your tunic and cloak.  He is probably in need.
  5. The disciple’s generosity in going “the second mile” witnesses to Jesus’ Kingdom.
  6. After experiencing the disciple’s charity, the person will listen to the message about the Kingdom.

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

  • O Jesus, change me.  Make my heart like your heart.
  • Help me to bring everyone into your Kingdom, no matter what the cost!
  • Jesus, I will set aside my interests for your interests.  I will forget myself for your gospel.
  • I will use every situation to bring the Kingdom to others.
  • Jesus, if I turn my back on no one, you will not turn your back on me.

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

+ I will examine my relationships to others.  Are they according to the Kingdom?

+ In my generosity, I will be a herald of the Kingdom.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

The Extra Smile

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures

The Extra Smile

Suffer with a smile! Let no one know. Let no one see. This is a secret between the two of us. Only God grants this and I give it only to the souls who know how to endure ceaseless sufferings with a smile. (Jesus) (November 1-2 1965)


Today’s Readings: Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow (Matthew 5)


Prayer Meditation- Lord we are asked to do things all the time, so many demands on our time. It is so easy to shrink back and want to become protective of our time, talents, and treasure when so much is coming at us and we just feel exhausted. The fiat we want to give to You to glorify You in all things becomes a big no when it is our family, our co-workers, our clients who keep pulling on us. Lord help us to go not only the extra mile today but with an extra smile! Because it is in the offering of our daily duty in union with You that we pick up our crosses and follow You!

SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2024 WEEK ELEVEN – SUNDAY

THE PATIENT FARMER (MK 4:26-29)

Prayer:

O Jesus, let your Kingdom grow in my heart.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with His disciples.

Context:

This parable forcefully portrays the Kingdom’s power.  The farmer does nothing (except planting and harvesting). The seed does everything.  The farmer has no anxiety.  He just goes about his normal duties.  Meanwhile, the seeds grow.

Suddenly, the harvest (the end time) arrives. It is as certain as the hour of God’s coming. God created the world and will bring all to conclusion.  The believer must patiently trust in God’s saving power.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. The parable describe exactly what happens.  People place seeds in the earth.  The ground provides nourishment.  The seed grows into the harvest.
  2. The man just goes to sleep and wakes up.  He is even totally ignorant of how all of this takes place.  The harvest is God’s gift.
  3. The farmer just trusts.  He doesn’t dig up the seed to see how it’s doing.
  4. This unknown parable opens our eyes to what happens.  Every day, God is acting intensely on our behalf.
  5. God orders everything (yes everything) for the harvest of our salvation.
  6. We just harvest his gifts.

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

  • O God, open my eyes to your Divine Providence, how you prepare everything for me.
  • By your word and sacraments, you sow the seeds of heaven.
  • My soul is the field and I must want your harvest to come forth.
  • How often, O God, I am anxious about earth, when I should desire only your harvest.
  • O God, I am helpless, even ignorant of what is happening.  I am a child but you prepare all things.
  • Let me harvest your gifts, taking advantage of every opportunity.

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

+ I will see God’s hand in all the events of this day.

+ I will trust totally in God’s power sown within me.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

Scattering Seeds- We Know Not How

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time


Scattering Seeds- We Know Not How


“Do not forget how painful for Me is the fate of the seeds that fall by the roadside. Pull up the flowers growing in your soul and bring them to Me while they are fresh. (Jesus) (May 18, 1963)


Today’s Readings: “This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. (Mark 4)


Prayer Meditation- Lord, each day You are sowing seeds into our souls. These little seeds grow by our response to Your Grace! Lord help us to not let the seeds fall by the roadside- prune us help us to stay fresh, bringing You fresh flowers each day! May the seeds of faith, hope and love sprout and grow in our souls!

SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2024

SIMPLICITY OF SPEECH (MT. 5:33-37)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit.  Sanctify my words.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching his disciples to practice simplicity in their speech.

Context:

People often call upon God to witness their lie.  To avoid this, a Jew might substitute for God’s name a holy place or holy thing.  Jesus says that this is still a vow.  The heart of a disciple should be simple and his speech be marked by simplicity. No need to swear by God.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. Each day, you speak thousands of words.   Many of these are false, or self-serving.
  2. The Jews used “Heaven”, “earth”, and “Jerusalem” to substitute for God’s name.  God should not be invoked for our interests.
  3. Purify your words, and you will make great progress in the Kingdom.
  4. Holiness changes our speech.  Words flow more simply and more in accord with truth.
  5. Say what needs to be said.  Make your speech helpful and encouraging.  Serve others and not yourself. 
  6. Be faithful to your words.  Your yes is yes.  Your no is no.

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

  • O Jesus, how important is my tongue.
  • Make my words a gentle stream, always refreshing others.
  • Guard my lips, O Lord.  Put your seal on my mouth.
  • O Jesus, I will speak words of truth from my heart.
  • Lord, remove all deceit from my lips.
  • O Jesus, if I do not to sin with my tongue, then, “I will be a perfect man”. (James 3:2)

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

+ I will speak less today.  Holding my tongue when the words are hurtful or deceitful.

+ I will try to praise others, encouraging them with kind words.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures

Saturday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

Live humbly. Live the hidden contemplative life in union with Me. Refrain your tongue and be on guard not to say unneeded words. (Jesus) (April 10, 1962)

Today’s Readings:

Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’
Anything more is from the Evil One.” (Matthew 5)

Prayer Meditation: Lord sometimes we just run our mouth and say all kind of things we don’t mean- we care about what others think and not what is Your best for us! Lord, help us to restrain our tongues and to turn from our “people pleasing” ways so that we can say yes to Your Will for us and no to all else that gets in the way!

FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2024

THE GREATER HOLINESS (MT 5:27-32)

Prayer:

O Lord Jesus, by your Holy Spirit, guide me to the heights of holiness.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching his disciples.

Context:

Matthew wrote his gospel in 85 A.D. when the early fervor of the believers was cooling down.  He tries to enkindle the fire by setting a high standard of holiness for his church.  In this text, he contrasts the new level of holiness with the former level.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. The Pharisees were seen as the holiest of Jews. Jesus goes beyond their teaching and presents a gigantic challenge to his new disciples.
  2. Since murder results from anger, Jesus demands that the sources of this violence be removed.
  3. Adultery comes from lustful thoughts.  Even these must be purified.
  4. Jesus demands truth.  No need to take an oath over little things.  Just speak plainly and simply.
  5. The list of demands is endless, but if the disciple has a willing heart, he will do all these and more.

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

  • O Jesus, lift me to the highest purity and holiness of life.
  • Calm my anger.  Remove my resentment.  Give me inner stillness.
  • Cool down the fires of lust.  Let me not feed those desires.
  • Touch my lips with the burning coal of your Spirit.  Then, my tongue will speak truth.
  • Jesus, help me to change so I can be your disciple.

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

+ I will not compromise.  I will seek a true life of holiness.

+ I will purify the interior sources of my sins.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2024 WEEK TEN – ORDINARY TIME

ANGER (MT 5:20-26)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit.  Let your gentleness overcome my anger.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching his disciples to reconcile.

Context:

Jesus teaches a “greater goodness” which is demanded by the holiness of this new Kingdom.  In this gospel, he compares the Old Testament teaching on anger and his new teaching.  Jesus desires a oneness among his disciples by avoiding anger.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. Jesus raises the Old Law to a new level and invites the disciples to live at that new height.
  2. The law commanded only external compliance.  Jesus’ Kingdom goes much deeper, into the disciples’ hearts.
  3. Jesus’ disciples must remove their inner anger. Then, violence will cease.
  4. He forbids angry words, so hatred has no hold.
  5. He even demands that the temple sacrifices be delayed until the disciples reconcile.
  6. Jesus gives new precedents and requires total selflessness.

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

  • Jesus, make me gentle.
  • Save me, O Lord, from the violent waters of anger.  Bring me to the restful waters of your Spirit.
  • Even on the cross, you spoke no angry word.  You were silent as a lamb going to the slaughter.
  • Release a river of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation within me.
  • Reconcile me to all of my family and friends.
  • O Jesus, I will drink deeply of your forgiveness.

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

+ Today, I will forgive everyone who hurts me.

+ I will reconcile with my enemies wherever possible.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

Go Look Again

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures


Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua

Go Look Again

Mary: “Do you know what you represent? You are a sparkle of light enkindled in my Flame of Love. The light you receive from me enlightens souls. The greater the number of souls who sacrifice and watch in prayer, the greater the power of my Flame of Love on earth will be. (Mary) (December 6, 1964)

Today’s Readings: “Climb up and look out to sea,” he directed his servant,
who went up and looked, but reported, “There is nothing.”
Seven times he said, “Go, look again!”
And the seventh time the youth reported,
“There is a cloud as small as a man’s hand rising from the sea.” (1 Kings 18)

Prayer Meditation- O Lord sometimes it seems that what we do is really nothing. We pray, we fast, we make our little sacrifices and we do it all in faith and yet we really wonder, is this Flame of Love really going anywhere? Loved ones still are away from Church, illnesses haven’t gone away, and we feel like we haven’t even gained one bit of holiness or changed in any way. Grumble, fault find, complain, confess, repeat- every week! Sometimes even  though we know better as Your faithful children we just want to shout where are You God? And yet there is the prophet Elijah waiting and believing for the rain that none one can see. There is nothing, he is told And yet he does not give up, but seven times, that perfect number of completion he says, go look again!! And it is the seventh time that brings the cloud so small but rising from the sea just like our hope should rise always because hope does not disappoint! (Romans 5) because Your love has been poured into our hearts no matter what it feels like! So yes, we give our little fiats with Mary’s, little sparks She is counting on us to sacrifice and watch in prayer- come Holy Spirit, come Flame of Love into all hearts, come Divine Will please reign in all the Earth just as You reign in Heaven!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2024 WEEK TEN – ORDINARY TIME

THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS (MT 5:17-20)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit.  Make me great in Jesus’ Kingdom.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching his disciples about following the Law and the Prophets.

Context:

“Law and prophets” means the whole Old Testament.  Jesus wants his Church to retain these books and teach them to his disciples.  At the same time, these books are not God’s final word or his greatest gift because Jesus “fulfills” these laws and prophetic words.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. Jesus makes us God’s children.
  2. The disciple must keep God’s word in the law and the prophets.
  3. They must, also, teach others to live by God’s word. 
  4. Then, they will be great in the Kingdom. They will be both doers and teachers.
  5. As disciples, they must go beyond the limited goodness of the scribes and Pharisees.
  6. Their tasks are heavy but their reward is great. They will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

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

  • O Jesus, you have made me a child of the Father.
  • Train me in your word, O Lord. Plant your truth in my heart.
  • Let your word be a lamp for my feet and a guide for my path.
  • Give me a zeal to instruct others in your word.
  • May your power make me a doer of your word.
  • You call me to be great in the Kingdom.  I cherish your invitation.

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

+ I will examine where I do not keep God’s law.

+ I will read the Old Testament to see God’s words to Israel.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

Consuming Fire

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures

Wednesday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Consuming Fire

While saying this, Jesus
quenched in my heart the thirst for souls and He poured the fire of His burning charity over me
in the greatest measure. (Elizabeth) (July 20, 1965)

Today’s Readings: The LORD’s fire came down
and consumed the burnt offering, wood, stones, and dust,
and it lapped up the water in the trench.
Seeing this, all the people fell prostrate and said,
“The LORD is God! The LORD is God!” (1 Kings 18)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, so many have turned like ancient Israel to false gods- idols of all kind. But these idols we have set up for ourselves will never move our stony hearts- only the fire of Your Love can melt away the walls we have built around ourselves! Lord, come down like fire and consume us with the Flame of your Love- let us pass it to others so that they may say too that The Lord is God!

TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2024 WEEK TEN – ORDINARY TIME

SALT AND LIGHT (MT: 5-13-16)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit.  Set me as a light on the lampstand.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus instructing his disciples.

Context:

A disciple is someone who has made a decision to live totally for the Kingdom.  In the gospels, Jesus explains what he expects of his disciples.  The disciple must be salt, a power against food corrupting.  He must also be a light, so men can see God’s goodness reflected in the disciple’s life.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. Jesus does not exaggerate the truth.   His disciples will bless the whole world.
  2. Jesus warns his disciples.  The salt can lose its flavor.  The light can be kept hidden.
  3. When disciples cease to be disciples, the world trods them under foot. They are useless.
  4. By allowing God to change their hearts, the disciple can show the world what God’s power can do.
  5. All will glorify the heavenly Father for what he has accomplished in the disciple.
  6. Jesus’ plan is very successful.  We should follow it more often.

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

  • Jesus, you call me to greatness in your Kingdom.
  • Give me your salt – a taste for devotion, and a desire for the Kingdom.
  • Let me be your candle, burning brightly and set on the highest place.
  • Jesus, change my life.  Then, I will have good works that shine out to others.
  • O Father, all is for your glory!

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

+ What must I do to foster personal devotion?  What time should I find for prayer and spiritual reading?

+ I will try to bless others by my good works.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

Firmness of Heart

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Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle

Firmness Of Heart

I was sick. For days, I could not pray because I was so weak. The great heat of this summer contributed to my fatigue. I could hardly walk. When I felt a little stronger, I firmly resolved to return to prayer at night. I asked Jesus, “My adored Jesus, give me strength.” (Elizabeth) (August 1, 1962)

Today’s Readings: In those days a great number who believed turned to the Lord.
The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,
and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.
When he arrived and saw the grace of God,
he rejoiced and encouraged them all
to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart,
for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. (Acts 11)

Prayer Meditation: O Lord today we bless You, we adore You and we glorify You and thank you for the witness of Saint Barnabas, the encourager, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. He encourages us even today to remain faithful to You in firmness of heart. Because it is easy to be faithful when all is well but to remain faithful in fatigue, illness, worry, strife, or whatever our circumstances are is where the rubber meets the road. Constancy, never wavering or giving in to our moods or our passions- seems almost impossible. But in Your Word in Psalm 112 you tell us

 For the righteous will never be moved;
    he will be remembered for ever.
He is not afraid of evil tidings;
    his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is steady, he will not be afraid.

Lord help us to be faithful because You are always faithful (2 Timothy 2:13) no matter our inconstancy. Jesus we trust in You!

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2024 WEEK TEN – ORDINARY TIME

THE FIRST FOUR BEATITUDES (5:1-12)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit.  Form my heart according to Jesus’ teaching.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching the crowds.

Context:

Jesus calls various groups “blessed”. However, anyone can choose to belong to these groups.  A person can be poor in spirit, meek, mourning over the world’s sins, and hungering for justice.  So, the door is open to everyone.  In all four situations, the person is promised heaven (under different figures of speech).

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. When Jesus speaks to the crowds, he invites them into the Kingdom.  Here, he speaks to disciples who are already members of his Kingdom.
  2. Because their hearts are set upon the Kingdom, they can understand Jesus’ teaching.
  3. A person is “Blessed” by being a member of the Kingdom.
  4. A person becomes a member by a personal decision to be poor in spirit, to mourn for the Kingdom, to be merciful, and to hunger for justice.
  5. If they persevere in these dispositions, they will receive the full reward of blessedness, an eternal kingdom.

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

  • O Jesus, you invite me into your Kingdom.
  • O Lord, I accept your offer.
  • Reveal to me the Kingdom’s secrets, so I can embrace them.
  • O Jesus, if I persevere in my decision, I will be blessed eternally.
  • Right now, I give you my heart, my choices, and all my decisions.
  • O Spirit of Jesus, form me.  Form me in poverty of spirit, meekness, sorrow for the Kingdom and mercy for all.

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

+ I will allow these teachings to form my thinking.

+ I will rejoice that Jesus calls me “Blessed.”

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

Poverty Of Spirit

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Monday of the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time

Poverty of Spirit

Shortly before this, however, my youngest boy got married. Now, I had to help him get a bedroom. So, I gave up the children’s room. I felt that the Lord was asking for this sacrifice, so I would be totally poor. (Elizabeth) (Diary Page 8)

Today’s Readings: “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5)

Prayer Meditation: Like Elizabeth, Lord You call us to poverty of spirit. In detaching ourselves from the things of this world so that we can be filled with You. Lord You know how difficult and painful this process can be but You lovingly call us to fill the God sized holes in our souls with You and only You! Nothing compares to the glory of knowing You Lord!

SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2024

A STARTLED FAMILY (MK 3-20-21,35)

Prayer:

O Jesus, help me to stand firm.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus surrounded by the crowd and his family.

Context:

This text contrasts the crowds, and the relatives.  The crowds hardly know Jesus, and yet they acclaim him.  His relatives, who think they know him, have the wrong opinion. “The house” refers to the early believes who formed “house churches.”

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. Jesus returns to the house, always trying to get out of the spotlight.
  2. His disciples act as a shield.  With them he feels perfectly at home.
  3. The crowd’s feelings are evident.  They believe that Jesus is a miracle-worker and they need his blessing.
  4. The relatives do not share the crowd’s enthusiasm.  They reject faith and are blinded by their natural knowledge.
  5. They want to stop Jesus’ ministry because they are embarrassed.
  6. They concluded that Jesus is insane – “He is out of his mind”.  Nothing justifies that opinion.

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

  • O Jesus, take me with you into the house of your heart.
  • Come to me, Jesus.  I welcome you.  I am your disciple.
  • Even if you hide yourself, I will find you.
  • You are near and I will come to you.
  • O Jesus, your relatives see, but they do not see.  They know you, but they do not know you.  Help me to see and to know!
  • The opinions of others mean nothing to me.  You alone, are all I want.

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

+ I will live by faith today, believing that Jesus is near.

+ I will not block Jesus’ actions in my life.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

Momentary Light Affliction

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditations- A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures

Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Many times, the Blessed Virgin makes me feel her sorrow. Some days, I suffer so much with her that I can hardly walk. All morning, she poured into me, to a great degree, this grace of suffering. Because of my tearful eyes, I tried to avoid everyone, so they would not notice my great affliction. I have only one thought – to fulfill all that she asks of me. (Elizabeth) (September 15, 1962)

Today’s Readings: Therefore, we are not discouraged;
rather, although our outer self is wasting away,
our inner self is being renewed day by day.
For this momentary light affliction
is producing for us an eternal weight of glory
beyond all comparison,
as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen;
for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4).

Prayer Meditation- O Lord, we love You, we bless You, and we adore You because You have given us incredible Sunday readings. Momentary light affliction- we can look at this in the second reading and laugh or maybe cry because our problems can feel anything but light and anything but momentary. O Lord, our first parents sinned and then ran from You. We do the same now plagued with the concupiscence that comes from original sin. O Lord, if You marked all of our iniquities, who can stand? (Psalms 130). This world Lord, when You walked on Earth and even now, is so upside down.  In the Gospel, it was You, Eternal Wisdom, that was called out of Your Mind. And yet, besides You there was only One other, Your Mother who was perfectly doing the Will of God (Mark 3), and You ask us to  strive to do the same even in our concupiscence. Now back to those momentary light afflictions- our weaknesses, our faults, our anxieties, our families, our circumstances, and yes even our sins.  As long as we repent of our sins and live in trustful hope and abandonment to Your Divine Providence in our circumstances, all of this is  producing for us an eternal weight of Glory when these sufferings are united to Your Holy Divine Will. So let us not be discouraged but let us have only one thought- may Your Kingdom Come, may Your Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven!

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2024 WEEK NINE – ORDINARY TIME

FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY (LK 2:41-51)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Ghost. Help me to search for the True Heart of the Temple.

Imagination:

Picture Mary and Joseph hurrying to look for Jesus.

Context:

When Jesus was twelve years old, He, Mary and Joseph travelled with others to the temple in Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Passover, a thanksgiving to God for His goodness and mercy.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. In obedience, Jesus, Mary and Joseph kept the laws of their faith in celebrating the Passover at the temple in Jerusalem.
  2. This required sacrifice, a long journey, and joining with others for safety in the caravan.
  3. In the Temple, the House of our Father, Jesus teaches all who will listen that everything we think, say and do must be done for the Glory of the Father, especially bringing Him souls through the Merits of Jesus.
  4. Mary and Joseph suffered anxiety, grief, and sorrow when they could not find Jesus, but persevered in their search until He was found.
  5. They did not immediately understand Jesus’ actions, but Mary ‘kept these things in her heart’. This is the heart which was joined to her Son’s, the heart which was obedient to the Holy Spirit in all things, even without understanding.
  6. Jesus returned home with Mary and Joseph in obedience and love.

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

  • O Mary, to what temple am I travelling in haste? God’s or the world’s?
  • What am I searching for there? What have I lost that I hope to find?
  • Am I hoping to find a temple filled with success, honors, friends, money?
  • Am I hoping to find the true temple, filled with grace, mercy, hope, love?
  • O Mary, Jesus knew that He wanted to be in His Father’s house. You lived your life in the house of obedience and fidelity to the Father and the Holy Spirit.
  • Mary’s heart held the Spirit of her Son – in quiet contemplation, in sorrows, in joys, in obedience. May my heart take courage and strength from hers.

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

+ I will ask Mary to give me her heart so that I can find her Son, Jesus.

+ I will search the temple of my heart to look for the true Treasure of Grace.

+ When I find the Heart of the Temple, I will not leave.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)

Deep Pondering

Today’s Consuming Fire Meditation- – A Daily Dose of the Flame of Love Diary Served Up with Today’s Scriptures

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Deep Pondering

 

Ponder deeply this vocation to which you were raised due to the only dignity of being a mother. Maternal dignity is at the same time a vocation saturated with sufferings, and that is what I share with you. I thank you, my little one, for your participation that is continual and filled with sacrifices. I, as a loving Mother, can assure you of your heavenly reward.” (Mary) (April 27, 1964)

Today’s Readings: Blessed is the Virgin Mary who kept the word of God
and pondered it in her heart.(Luke 2)

Prayer Meditation- O Lord, as a  beautiful follow-up to the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, we honor the Immaculate Heart of Mary. More than anyone, She pondered Your Word, pondered it in Her Heart and was fully conformed to Your Most Holy and Divine Will. We may think we are far away from all of this, and yes, praise You Lord, Our Mother had the singular privilege of being immaculately conceived. Yet She is our loving Mother and She wants to share particularly with mothers Her maternal dignity saturated with sufferings. For wives and moms we know our vocation is full of sacrifices and yet also so rewarding and exactly where You have put us especially for such a time as this (Esther 4:14). And we can ponder and pray and  unite our lives and vocations to Our Mother who is with us and for us and She only wants us united to Her Heart and Yours now and into eternity! Totus tuus!