Saturday, June 28, 2008

Passion of Christ

"All-powerful God, by the suffering and death of your Son, strengthen and protect us in our weakness…" (Prayer at Mass)

Passion of Christ, strengthen me.

Blood of Jesus, protect me.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Perfect Sacrifice

"Lord, may the suffering and death of Jesus, your only Son, make us pleasing to you. Alone we can do nothing, but may this perfect sacrifice win us your mercy and love…." (Mass Prayer)

Jesus Christ reconciled us to the Father through His passion and death. It is the perfect sacrifice sought by God. We commemorate this in the Mass. This is why the Mass has the power to win us the mercy and love of God.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

It pays to be humble

"Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself…." (Philippians 2: 6-11)

Christ was humble. God raised Him up high.

Mary was humble. God raised her.

David was humble. God promoted him.

If I am humble, God will surely raise me.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A Well-trained Tongue

"The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Morning by morning he opens my ear that I may hear; and I have not rebelled, have not turned back." (Isaiah 50: 4-7)

Father, give me a well-trained tongue. Bless me also with a well-trained hand. Lead me, guide me and use me.

God blessed these people with a well-trained tongue:

  • Paul
  • Augustine
  • Josemaria
  • Louis de Monfort
  • Patrick
  • John Chrysostom

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Estrangement and Reconciliation

"Almighty Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you sent your Son to be born of a woman and die on a cross, so that through the obedience of one man estrangement may be dissolved for all men. Guide our minds by his truth and strengthen our lives by the example of his death, that we may live in union with you in the kingdom of your promise." (Prayer at Mass)

Our sins caused our estrangement from God. Christ's obedience reconciles us to God.

Guide our minds by His truth: Truth as found in the Gospel and in the Bible.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Triumphing over Suffering

"Almighty, ever-living God, you have given the human race Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility. He fulfilled your will by becoming man and giving his life on the cross. Help us to bear witness to you by following the example of suffering and make us worthy to share in his resurrection…." (Prayer at Mass)

"By his stripes, we are healed." (1 Peter 2: 24)

Christ suffered and conquered death. He destroyed the fear of death and suffering for all of us. He suffered and overcame. If I accept the sufferings in my life that I cannot prevent, I too will triumph over the fear of sufferings.

Lord Jesus, help us to overcome the fear of suffering.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Meek and Humble King

"Behold, your king comes to you, meek and riding on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden." (Matthew 21: 1-11)

What a King we have in Jesus. Our King is meek and humble. It is thus Jesus presents Himself to us in the Blessed Sacrament – meek and humble. He comes to us in the Eucharist as a meek and humble King. This is the King who washes the feet of His servants.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like yours.