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Uniting Our Wills To The Will of The Father

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Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

Uniting Our Wills To The Will of The Father


“May our lips beg our heavenly Father, together, to obtain mercy.” (Jesus) (October 11, 1962)


Today’s Readings: For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.” (John 6)


Prayer Meditation: O Lord, Your Divine Will is that all will be saved so that all will have eternal life. Your Promises are true! Let us unite our prayers to the prayer of Jesus who intercedes for us without ceasing for the salvation of the world no matter how little you may think you are!

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2024 THIRD WEEK OF EASTER – TUESDAY

THE HEAVENLY FATHER’S BREAD (JN 6:30-35)

Prayer:

O Jesus, give me to eat from the heavenly table.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with his disciples teaching the crowds.

Context:

After Jesus multiplies the food and the people seek him out, he gives a lengthy teaching on heavenly bread. This heavenly bread is both his teaching and the Eucharist, his flesh and blood.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. The crowd wants more signs.
  2. Jesus has already given them enough signs.
  3. So, he demands that they have faith in him.
  4. They want earthly bread, like the father provided for the Israelites.
  5. Now, the Father has sent Jesus, the true heavenly bread.
  6. Finally, the crowds seek the right bread, “Give us this bread always.”
  7. This bread is already given. Jesus is here.

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

  • O Jesus, I do not need signs. I need only you.
  • You will provide my daily bread. Why am I anxious?
  • You have come down from heaven, a gift of the Holy Spirit through the Virgin Mary.
  • O Jesus, give me always the bread of your presence.
  • I will come to you and will never hunger again.

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

+ I will go to mass every day possible.

+ I will trust God for my daily bread.

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

Jesus- The Bread of Life

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Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter

Jesus- The Bread of Life

Then I humbly hid Myself under a common appearance so as to be more accessible to you, so that you would not fear Me. I hid Myself in the white Host like a child wrapped up in swaddling clothes. When I enter your heart, make sure that the robe of your soul is free from any stain or tear, because no father has made greater sacrifices to acquire a suit for his child. (Jesus) (May 1962))

Today’s Readings:

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” (John 6)


Prayer Meditation- O Jesus, let us come to You today as little children ready to receive the Bread of Life and let us hunger and thirst only for You! Lord, we know that there are many still unable to receive You in these times except spiritually- help us to make worthy Spiritual Communions and enter our hearts and change them. May our hearts beat in unison!

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2024 THIRD WEEK OF EASTER – MONDAY

FOOD THAT DOES NOT PERISH (Jn 6:22-29)

Prayer:

O Jesus, let me seek the Bread of life everlasting.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching the crowds.

Context:

After Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes, he prays alone on the mountain. Meanwhile, his disciples cross the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum and Jesus walks on the water to rescue them. In this gospel, the crowd finds him at Capernaum, obviously wanting Jesus to multiply food again.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. The crowds make extraordinary efforts to be with Jesus.
  2. They want his miracles.
  3. The miracles are signs of the Kingdom.
  4. Jesus wants them to seek the Kingdom, not the signs.
  5. Jesus has a special food which they should seek. It will give eternal life.
  6. The crowds have an excellent question. How do they accomplish the works of God?”
  7. Jesus gives a direct answer. The “work of God” is “to believe in him.”

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

  • Jesus, I will do everything possible to find you.
  • You welcome me and rejoice that I have come.
  • Jesus, you give me signs so I keep searching.
  • I will search for the food that gives eternal life.
  • With all my heart, I ask, “What works can I do for you, Jesus?”
  • “Just believe in me”, you reply.

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

+ Today, I will seek Jesus with all my heart.

+ I will hunger and thirst for Holy Communion.

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

Working With Jesus

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Monday of the Third Week of Easter

Working With Jesus

The time that you devote to Me is never lost. It is saved for an eternity of infinite value. You will easily render an accounting for time dedicated to God. Why not do everything for Me? This is so easy. (Jesus) (October 9, 1964)

Today’s Readings:

So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.” (John 6)


Prayer Meditation- O Lord we spin our wheels trying to work for You in our own power but Your yoke is easy and Your burden light. What You are really looking for is our hearts- what is our intention in each act- are our minds on You and You alone or our own self -interest even in the holy things?  Lord help us to spend time with You each day and offer everything to You today- the good, the bad, and the ugly knowing that You are the One who is doing the work though us and You are faithful to complete it- we are nothing and You are all!

SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2024 THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

JESUS IN THE UPPER ROOM (Lk 24:35-48)

Prayer:

O Jesus, flood my soul with faith.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus in the Upper Room with his disciples.

Context:

The disciples have heard the news about Jesus’ rising, but when Jesus actually comes, they experience fear and even disbelief. Slowly he proves to them that he is truly risen. The skepticism of the disciples in these resurrection stories shows that they were not just gullible believers. They demanded proof. This helps our own faith.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. The disciples take a step backward. Before Jesus appears, they were talking about his rising. Now, they grow fearful and troubled.
  2. Jesus is patient and helps them to believe.
  3. He repeats his plea “See that it is I myself.”
  4. Because they have trouble believing, Jesus shows them his hands and his feet.
  5. He shares in their meal so they know he is not a ghost.
  6. He reminds them of all the prophecies that he has fulfilled.
  7. Jesus battles for their minds and hearts.
  8. He loves them and wants them to carry the message to the world.

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

  • Jesus, you can come to me at anytime.
  • You are so patient with my slowness to believe.
  • Do not let anxieties destroy my faith.
  • O Jesus, you are always asking, “Why are you troubled?”
  • Jesus, You are risen. Almost too good to be true!

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

+ I will ponder the remarkable truth that Jesus of Nazareth has risen from the dead.

+ I will believe that he will raise me into his glory.

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

Incredulous With joy

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Third Sunday of Easter


Why Are You Troubled?


Now that He spoke to me after a long time, a great joy filled my soul (Elizabeth) (May 1962)


Today’s Readings: Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed. (Luke 24)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, we can be so slow to believe but Lord how wonderful it is indeed when we can say with amazement, He Lives! You live to cast out all doubts and fears- because You live, we can face tomorrow! So often Lord, we are so troubled and we have so many questions arise because we can’t see past our pain and yet there You are and all we need to do is look up and believe!  Lord help us always to be incredulous with joy and never let anything steal our joy because You are with us always, even until the end of the age! (Matthew 28:20)

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2024 SECOND WEEK OF EASTER – SATURDAY

JESUS WALKS ON THE SEA (Jn 6:16:21)

Prayer:

O Jesus, help me when the storms of life become too strong.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus approaching the disciples’ boat.

Context:

Multiplying food is a powerful miracle but walking on the sea is even greater. Jesus is much more than a miracle-worker.  He is God and has power over the sea.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. The disciples make a mistake.  They try to cross the sea without Jesus.
  2. They think that they can overcome the darkness and the wind.
  3. The conditions are too much.  They find themselves miles from shore and helpless.
  4. Suddenly, Jesus appears and chooses to approach their boat.
  5. Why do they grow afraid?  Because they do not know who it is.
  6. “I am” says Jesus.  The Father spoke those same words to Moses.
  7. The disciples want to take Jesus into their boat.
  8. God works yet another miracle.  The boat arrives safely with Jesus at their side.

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

  • Jesus, do not let me face my trials without you. 
  • If I use only my own talents, I will always fail.
  • With your power, I will always succeed.
  • O Jesus, how difficult life can be.
  • Come to me, Jesus.  The waves are very high.
  • You are “I Am”.  You always existed.  You created me.
  • Suddenly, I will reach the shore.  Life will be over and I will be in heaven.
  • Stay with me, Jesus.  It is night.

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

+I will never trust my own strength.

+ I will ask Jesus to accompany me.

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

Jesus Is Passing By

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Saturday of the Second Week of Easter

Jesus is Passing By


So many of them do not attempt to come close to Me in any way as though they are afraid. (Jesus) (November 8, 1964)


Today’s Readings

When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they began to be afraid. But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid. (John 6)


Prayer Meditation- O Lord Jesus, You are always near, passing by us in our circumstances but we let our fear, worry, anxiety, and distractions get in the way. We try to row the boat all by ourselves- we would rather row in circles sometimes then ask for help! Yet You tell us not to let ourselves be troubled (John 14) but to trust in You! Lord may we not give into fear but know that You are always close to us just waiting for us to ask You into our little boats!

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May our hands gather in UNITY!

Light hearts on fire, show your love for the Eucharist and be part of one of the largest pilgrimages ever in the history of our Church and our nation. Flame of Love devotees will assemble at planned Rally Points across the nation as part of the Eucharistic Caravan to the 2024 National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis in July. Pilgrims from across the country will begin May 17th processing from all corners of the U.S. behind the Blessed Sacrament, converging at churches, sacred sites and shrines along the way.

IGNITE the Flame of Love!

  • With Jesus as the focus of the entire pilgrimage, it’s a perfect opportunity to share the grace of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which always points to Her Son, and to pray together that through the Holy Sacrifices of the Mass, Christ will draw us into greater unity as a people, as a nation and as a Holy Church.
  • “Every movement needs a moment.” This culmination point of the three-year Eucharistic Revival is clearly a special moment for Immaculate Heart of Mary and The Flame of Love movement.
  • Special events on the routes will include Sunday Mass at a Cathedral or other major church in the host diocese, Eucharistic adoration, praise and worship, or a talk with a Eucharistic theme. Volunteer to be a Flame of Love Rally Point leader and please contact Paula and details will be directly emailed to you. Or bring the Flame of Love in your heart to these special gatherings!
  • Rally Point leaders are asked to lead Flame of Love devotees in a group prayer. We will supply Rally Point leaders with Flame of Love information and a prayers guide. Rally Point Leaders will be encouraged to purchase UNITY PRAYER cards to distribute at the event, but this is not mandatory.
  • On July 16, 2024, all four branches of this historic Pilgrimage will converge in Indianapolis for the 10th National Eucharistic Congress – an important milestone within the three-year Eucharistic Revival movement.

June 21-23 South Route Atlanta https://www.eucharisticpilgrimage.org/st-juan-diego-route

June 21-23 East Route Steubenville, OH https://www.eucharisticpilgrimage.org/st-elizabeth-ann-seton-route

June 28-30 North Route Chicago https://www.eucharisticpilgrimage.org/marian-route

June 28-30 East Route Columbus https://www.eucharisticpilgrimage.org/st-elizabeth-ann-seton-route

July 5-7 North Route Notre Dame https://www.eucharisticpilgrimage.org/marian-route

July 5-7 East Route Cincinnati https://www.eucharisticpilgrimage.org/st-elizabeth-ann-seton-route

July 5-7 West Route St. Louis https://www.eucharisticpilgrimage.org/st-junipero-serra-route

If you and your cenacle are interested in becoming FLAME OF LOVE RALLY POINT LEADERS to IGNITE the Flame of Love at any of the above cities along the Pilgrimage, please contact Paula and details will be directly emailed to you.

For more information about the 10th National Eucharistic Congress July 17-21 in Indianapolis, or to register to attend, click here: https://www.eucharisticcongress.org/

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2024 SECOND WEEK OF EASTER – FRIDAY

FEEDING THE FIVE THOUSAND (Jn 6:1-15)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit. Multiply your gifts within me.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus feeding the crowds.

Context:

This multiplication of food is very important and is told in all four gospels.  The Early Church loved this miracle because it prefigures Jesus’ gift of Eucharist.  Why is this story told in Easter time?  The miracle is a manifestation and at Easter Jesus is manifesting himself.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. Jesus is concerned about the crowd’s hunger.
  2. He decides what to do, but he allows the apostles to cooperate.
  3. Once they bring the loaves and fishes, Jesus can multiply them.
  4. Jesus looks up to heaven, blesses the food and breaks it.  He will do these same actions again at the Last Supper.  This miracle is a preview.
  5. Jesus brings all to completion.  The people have their fill and twelve baskets are gathered up for us.

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

  • Jesus, I am your sheep, part of your flock.
  • O Lord, stay with me.
  • O Jesus, you care for all of my needs.
  • You bless me to overflowing.
  • Every day, you multiply the bread from heaven.  Help me to love the Eucharist.
  • You are my King.
  • Take me to the mountain with you, Jesus.

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

+Today, I will thank Jesus for his abundance.

+ My heart will seek the Bread of Life.

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

Gathering The Fragments

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Friday of the Second Week of Easter

Gathering The Fragments

Jesus: “I am showing you this so you see how abundant the harvest is. You, My beloved; you, My great collaborator, may our hands gather in unity. Continue working for the salvation of souls. (Jesus) (February 8, 1964 )

Today’s Readings: When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples,
“Gather the fragments left over,
so that nothing will be wasted.”
So they collected them,
and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments
from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat. (John 6)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, You have asked us to gather souls with You in unity- souls that are away from Your Love. The harvest is abundant but the workers are few (Matthew 9). Lord, when you multiplied the loaves and fishes You wanted even the left over fragments gathered so that nothing would be wasted. No soul You have created is a left over fragment and all are precious to You! Lord, in this time of exile we need to redouble our prayer and fasting as You have shown us for the love of You and the salvation of souls!

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2024 SECOND WEEK OF LENT – THURSDAY

NO RATIONING OF THE SPIRIT (Jn 3:31-36)

Prayer:

O Jesus pour out the fullness of your Spirit.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching his disciples

Context:

John the Baptist was a great preacher but he knew only earthly truths.  Jesus knows heaven and can speak about what he has seen in heaven.  Jesus is not just an earthly Messiah.  He “comes from above” and brings heavenly life.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. Having come from heaven, Jesus brings all of heaven’s riches.
  2. Jesus has seen the Father.  Having seen, he can testify.
  3. Jesus’ frustration is that no one believes his testimony.
  4. If people believed, the Father would pour out the Holy Spirit abundantly upon them.
  5. Believing in Jesus bestows eternal life.
  6. Not believing in Jesus closes the door to eternal life.  God’s wrath is not removed.

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

  • Tell me about heaven, Jesus.
  • Bring me all of heaven’s treasures.
  • Pour out your fire.  Do not ration your Holy Spirit.
  • You alone can give me eternal life.
  • O Jesus, bring me into the Father’s love. Remove me from his wrath.

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

+I will think of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ.

+ I will open my heart today to a complete infilling of the Spirit.

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

The Spirit Is Never Rationed

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Memorial of Saint Stanislaus

The Spirit Is Never Rationed

Jesus: “Do you see My hand begging for help, My little sister? Many turn their eyes away so they do not have to bear the sad look in My eyes. I am the One who draws close to them. But they just keep walking stubbornly the path of darkness. (Jesus)April 12, 1965)

Today’s Readings: Whoever does accept his testimony certifies that God is trustworthy.
For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God.
He does not ration his gift of the Spirit.
The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,
but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life,
but the wrath of God remains upon him. (John 3)

Prayer Meditation- Lord when times are difficult it seems You are so far away and that You don’t see our struggles. And yet it is You Lord that always desires to draw close to us even as we walk in darkness. Lord Jesus, You were sent to Earth to bring us to The Father and Eternal Life. Lord, You ask us to believe, to trust and to obey even when it is really hard to see You in our pain. Lord, help us trust in You because You are trustworthy- You are close to the brokenhearted and the crushed in spirit You save (Psalm 34) because Your Spirit is never rationed but poured out in abundance to those who believe in Your Goodness

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2024 SECOND WEEK OF EASTER – WEDNESDAY

SENT INTO THE WORLD (Jn 3:16-21)

Prayer:

O Jesus, you were lifted up on the cross to save me.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching Nicodemus

Context:

This gospel contains the famous John 3:16 verse about God so loving the world.  It explains that God’s motive was to save, not to condemn.  However, anyone who rejects this light is subject to God’s judgment.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. When the Israelites in the desert disobeyed God, they grew sick from a serpent’s bite.
  2. God provided the remedy.  When Moses nailed a bronze serpent to a cross, whoever gazed on it was saved. (Numbers C21)
  3. This story prefigured Jesus being lifted up on the cross to save us.
  4. God sent Jesus because “he so loved the world”.
  5. Through faith in Jesus, all can be saved.
  6. Jesus is the eternal light. 
  7. Evil people do not want this light.  It reveals their deeds.
  8. Good people rejoice to have their deeds revealed. They act in truth.

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

  • Jesus, you were lifted up on the cross for me.
  • Only your cross can save me from eternal death.
  • Father, loving me so much, you sacrificed your Son to save me.
  • I believe.  I accept you, Jesus.  You are the Father’s only begotten Son.
  • Come Jesus.  Reveal my heart.  Make me a child of light.
  • Open my heart to light and truth.

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

+ I will thank Jesus for dying on the cross.

+ I will bring all my sins into Jesus’ light.

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

For God So Loved The World

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Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter


For God So Loved The World


“My little one, I want that not one soul be damned. You should want this together with me. For this purpose, I place in your hands a beam of light that is the Flame of Love of my heart.” (Mary) (January 15, 1964)


Today’s Readings:

 For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. (John 3)


Prayer Meditation: O Lord ,You so loved us and still love us that You have given everything for us so that we will have eternal life. Your love does not change and today is the time of mercy- let us not miss the time of our visitation and let us pray and sacrifice for those who feel so lost right now. May all know that You have loved the world and that those who believe will not be condemned but have eternal life! Lord Jesus, we pray for conversion of hearts and souls!

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2024 SECOND WEEK OF EASTER – TUESDAY

THE QUESTIONING NICODEMUS (Jn 3:7-15)

Prayer:

O Jesus, let me come to you for wisdom.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching Nicodemus

Context:

Nicodemus is a trained Jewish scholar. His questions to Jesus contrast the Jewish faith with the mysteries of Christ.  His questions allow Jesus to explain these truths.  If Nicodemus cannot understand the mystery of the Holy Spirit, how can he understand the Trinity.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. “Being born from above” is receiving the Holy Spirit in Baptism.
  2. After Baptism, the Spirit leads the believer wherever he chooses, (like the wind blowing).
  3. Nicodemus is confused because these Christian truths go far beyond the Jewish faith.
  4. The early Church easily understands them and gladly explains them to the world.
  5. Jesus’ heavenly role as Son of Man goes beyond Baptism and the Spirit’s indwelling.
  6. Jesus even describes his own death which will bestow eternal life.

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

  • O Jesus, help me to be born again.
  • Pour out your Holy Spirit.
  • I will let your Spirit lead me wherever he wishes.
  • You are lifted up on the cross.  You died for me.
  • You have ascended to heaven so I can ascend with you.
  • Without you, I perish.  With you, I have everlasting life.

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

+ I will ask to receive the Holy Spirit today.

+ I will think of Jesus in heavenly glory and ask for eternal life.

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

Believing Heavenly Things

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Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

Believing Heavenly Things

“You guessed right. The strong sorrow that I send you is a longing for your heavenly home. Suffer for those who have no desire for their eternal homeland.” (Jesus)(April 20, 1962)

Today’s Readings: If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe,
how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” (John 3)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, Heaven can seem so far away. Few of us, when times are good really give much thought to Heaven, and the reality of living in union with You- the truth is we all want our Heaven here. Lord in these times of crisis, many of us may be seeking answers just like Nicodemus. It is during a crisis that we realize how tenuous earthly things really are. Yet there are so many who will struggle to find their eternal homeland as they are stuck in darkness and despair. They do not know that You are knocking at the door of their hearts (Revelations 3) Lord, we know that You have been lifted up to bring all to Yourself ,if we believe and repent, and give our lives to You. We who know this feel this longing more than ever and we can turn even our times of sorrow into a time of offering for the salvation of souls and especially for the dying. Let us use this time as a time of repentance, reparation and preparation because we are just pilgrims passing through to our eternal lives in You!

MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2024 THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD

MARY’S QUESTIONING AND ACCEPTANCE (LK 1:26-38)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit.  Help me to say “Yes” to God’s plan.

Imagination:

Picture Mary speaking with the Angel.

Context:

Luke records the greatest moment in human history, when God becomes flesh in Mary’s womb.  This text highlights Mary’s struggle to understand the mystery.  Once all is clear, she quickly consents.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

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

  1. Mary knew that God called her to be a virgin.  Now, the angel speaks of her becoming a mother.
  2. The angel explains how both are true.  The Holy Spirit will overshadow her, making her both mother and virgin.
  3. This message overwhelms Mary.
  4. Because Mary must accept her privilege, the angel describes God’s miracle in Elizabeth.
  5. The angel concludes, “Nothing is impossible to God.”
  6. Mary’s human mind quickly understands that God will do the impossible.
  7. She surrenders completely, “Let it be done to me according to your word.”

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

  • O Father, what is your plan for me?
  • O Jesus, I cannot always understand your favors.
  • Mary, teach me how to search for answers.
  • O Spirit, reveal God’s mysteries in my life.
  • O God, nothing is impossible for you.
  • Mary, engrave your response on my heart, “Let I be done to me according to your word.”

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

+ This day, I will surrender to God’s plan.

+ I will believe that nothing is impossible for God.

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

Fiat!

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Solemnity of the Annunciation of The Lord

Fiat

There has never been a time of grace like this since the Word became Flesh. Blinding Satan will shake the world.” (Mary) (September 3, 1962)

Today’s Readings: Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1)

Prayer Meditation- Lord, today we celebrate Our Blessed Mother’s Fiat and we are thankful and rejoice at Her docility to Your Holy Will. Lord we believe that nothing is impossible with You.  You became Man in the darkness of this world at the time of the Annunciation and Your Presence has never left us. Like Our Blessed Mother, we must accept Your Will and walk in faith, even when it all just does not make sense. Lord we believe You are up to something in these times, that Your Mercy and Grace have not left us.  In fact, this is a time of grace as never before. The world seems shaken  but You hold us all in the palm of Your Hand. Let us give our Fiat to Your Holy Will today which is Love and Mercy itself!