March 14,2019 - Thursday
Gospel: Matthew 7:7-12
“Ask, and you shall receive: seek, and you shall find. Knock, and the door will be opened .”- Matthew 7:7
God answers prayers and gives us what we need. He will not withhold, always looking at our best interest. During this lent, let us find time to PRAY and ask him what we need these 40 days to enable us to live out the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
March 13,2019 - Wednesday
Gospel: Luke 11:29-32
“People of the present time are troubled people. They asked for a sign, but no sign will be given to them except the sign of Jonah” - Luke 11: 29
Sign, sign! Everywhere there’s a sign. Do this, don’t do that! Can’t you read the sign? Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He speaks to us through the WORD. We get access to Jesus when we seek his face daily, continually . Come! Let us draw near to him that we may have peace and rest.
March 12,2019 - Tuesday
Gospel: Matthew 6:7-15
“Your Father knows what you need, even before you ask him.” Matthew 6:8
“Give US today our daily bread.” Let us not be anxious of the future. We ask only for what we need today, for tomorrow is another day. But why pray for US - your family, neighbors, and community? Right, let us pray daily that every table has bread to eat each day. However, the reality is that many are hungry in the world and God will not drop manna from the skies! Clearly this reminds us of our accountability to one another - “feed my sheep.” Would you do this for Jesus?
March 11,2019 - Monday
Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
“Truly I say to you: just as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me” - Matthew 25:40
The LEAST,LAST,LOST of our brothers and sisters are those most vulnerable. They are the socially, psychologically, economically challenged. Mindfulness enables one to see, hear, feel the cry of the poor. This passage is the foundation of the Works of Mercy. What did you do to the least of these? How about this : Lent Challenge - 40 acts of mercy in 40 days .
March 10, 2019 - Sunday
Gospel: Luke 4:1-13
"Jesus was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness."
We have all experienced the “wilderness”, those moments in our life where we search for hope and meaning. Oftentimes these are the moments of suffering and it is normal to ask, “when will the wilderness end?” Today, Jesus enters His own wilderness with a different question, “who am i entering the wilderness with?” The Spirit was with Jesus in this experience of temptation and difficulty and helped Him stay true to His mission. When all seems lost, it helps to remember that our Lord has “been there, done that” and that He leads us thru everything. Lord, thank You that You guide us thru our wilderness experience. Help us always trust in Your unfailing love.
March 9, 2019 - Saturday
Gospel: Luke 5:27-32
"I have not come to call the righteous."
Levi must have been so surprised when Jesus met him during his daily grind and invited him to conversion. We ourselves must listen to Jesus’ call in our daily life. There are many things He could possibly tell us. Such as what mission He is calling us to do. Or tell us to put our life in order by turning away from sin. Or even just that we’ve neglected our relationship with Him. Not any one of us is righteous but we are made righteous when we hear God’s call and answer it. What is Jesus trying to tell you today? Lord, please give us ears and hearts to listen attentively to you.
March 8, 2019 – Friday
Gospel: Matthew 9:14-15
“When the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast.”
There is a time and a place for every purpose under heaven, so goes a classic song. A time to laugh, a time to weep. A time to feast, a time to fast. The disciples could not yet understand what Jesus’ passion and death meant and that is why they would mourn. In the perfect purpose and timing of God, they would understand and rejoice in due time. Regardless, there is always a need for fasting in our life, that we may know that God is ever faithful and that we may depend on Him whether it is time for feasting or fasting. Lord, we remember You today as we fast and abstain.
March 7, 2019 – Thursday
Gospel: Luke 9:22-25
“Take up your cross daily and follow Christ.”
What is your idea of a cross? It can certainly be something that is a big challenge, done with great difficulty or suffering. But it may also mean something not very dramatic. Even small acts of love, of sacrifice, of generosity can become “crosses”. But the important word there is “daily”. To follow Christ is to commit everyday to doing small acts of love and kindness and sacrifice for the sake of others. Lord, help us to carry our big and small crosses everyday, the same way You help us carry our crosses.
March 6, 2019 – Wednesday
Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
“When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.”
What is your memory of prayer? When I was very young, there was a time I got into a fight in school. That night I prayed very hard, imploring God that my parents wouldn’t be upset. Today is the start of Lent, a time of personal journeying with Christ in His passion. It is a journey that can only be made by earnest prayer, in secret where it is only between God and you. We know that when prayer is sincere and truthful, there doesn’t need to be an audience. God alone suffices. God granted my prayer that night. My parents forgave me, just as God stands ready to accept us when we pray to Him. Lord, we look forward to journeying in prayer with you this Lenten season.
March 5, 2019 – Tuesday
Gospel: Mark 10:28-31
“We have left everything and followed you.”
In our life, it’s important to know where to invest. This does not necessarily mean financial investment. We decide, for example, to invest our time and effort in doing something we find important. We do this because we look forward to the end result of this investment. The disciples made the biggest investment of all: everything they had. Because they knew that to be part of God’s Kingdom was greater than anything they can own. What about you? Lord, thank You for inviting us to invest ourselves in the Kingdom.