O Jesus, make me your faithful disciple.
Picture Jesus instructing his disciples.
This gospel contains three separate sayings of Jesus concerning discipleship. First, a disciple should never give scandal. Second, a disciple should correct another and forgive him whenever he is sorry. Third, the disciple must pray in faith.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- In the gospels, Jesus takes time to form his disciples. They are very important to him.
- A “little one” is a beginner in the faith. A disciple’s laxity will harm that new faith.
- The disciple must never give scandal, even allowing himself to be cast into the sea.
- Charity will correct another’s fault in the community.
- After repentance for wrongdoing, forgiveness must flow abundantly.
- What a perfect request! Lord, increase our faith.
- Faith is a tiny power which is released by even the smallest prayer.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, how much time you spend forming me into your disciple.
- Let me die rather than lead others astray into sin.
- Jesus, give me a spirit of forgiveness which sets aside all my grievances.
- Increase my faith, Jesus. Then I will be your disciple.
- What power you give me! My prayer can remove every obstacle.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will be careful of my words and actions, not wanting to lead anyone into sin.
+ I will begin right now to pray with faith asking for all I need to be Jesus’ disciple.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
If you had faith like a mustard seed, the mulberry tree would obey you.