Day: 2nd September Monday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 4:16-30)
And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They also asked, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph? He said to them, … “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.
You explain what Isaiah prophesied. For a while, everyone is “amazed at” Your words. At the same time You can hear them murmuring in doubt: “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?” Jesus, are there any doubts I harbour?
Day: 3rd September Tuesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 4:31-37)
Jesus then went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee. He taught them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority.
The crowd in Nazareth wanted to throw You down a cliff because You told them the truth. A while later, You are in Galilee, speaking boldly, regardless of whether You will be accepted or rejected. Help me to build my character.
Day: 4th September Wednesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 4:38-44)
At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds … tried to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.”
Holy Spirit, grant me the fruit of kindness. How many people would want to be my friend, if only I were kinder, warmer, more welcoming?
Day: 5th September Thursday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 5:1-11)
Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.
I am with Simon. Both of us are happy to lend You the boat … to be with You. When I am in the state of sanctifying grace, I am with You. Does this joy show in my outward behaviour?
Day: 6th September Friday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 5:33-39)
Jesus answered them, “Can you make the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?
This episode follows the calling of St Matthew. He is so happy to receive his vocation that he celebrates it with a party. He invites You, and the other disciples… and me too. Lord, do I try to sanctify the parties I organise and the ones I go for?
Day: 7th September Saturday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 6:1-5)
Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
The Pharisees follow the letter of the Law; You teach me to go by the spirit of the Law. You are master of the Sabbath and You are master of the world. You teach that being hungry (or thirsty) isn’t sinful – whether it is a Sunday or any other day of the week. Do I keep Sunday as “Your Day”?
Day: 9th September Monday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 6:6-11)
Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” Looking around at them all, he then said to him, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so and his hand was restored. But they became enraged and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.
You had “realised their intentions.” You knew they would use this against You, and You still went ahead to cure the man. Lord, am I a person with strength of character?
Day: 10th September Tuesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 6:12-19)
In those days Jesus departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named apostles:
Jesus, do I realise that in order to sustain my spiritual life, I must dedicate time everyday to doing personal meditation?
Day: 11th September Wednesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 6:20-26)
And raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours.
I will try not to complain when I don’t have what I need. I will make an effort to smile and be amiable especially in those moments that I feel irritable. I will pray for those who persecute me instead of getting flustered. Jesus, teach me to take up my Cross joyfully, everyday… because I love You!
Day: 12th September Thursday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 6:27-38)
Jesus said to his disciples: “But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well…. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Jesus, it is difficult to understand that You want me to love people who don’t love me. In my life, who are these people?
Day: 13th September Friday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 6:39-42)
No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher.
Lord, do I make an effort to read Scripture and the teachings of the Church? Do I ponder over them and ask for advice when there is something that I don’t understand? I want to be another Christ … today and now!
Day: 14th September Saturday
(Exaltation of the Cross)
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Jn 3:13-17)
For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.
We celebrate the centrality of the cross in our Christian lives and its saving power for us who believe. The cross reminds us that our Lord Jesus Christ gave his life for each one of us so that we would become children of God. Following the example of Christ, we are called to take up our cross, to give our lives out of love for our brothers and sisters. Do I seek to die to selfishness and reach out to others?
Day: 16th September Monday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 7:1-10)
And Jesus went with them, but when he was only a short distance from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof…. but say the word and let my servant be healed….”
The centurion was humble and generous. His friends “strongly urged” you to help him because he was such a good person … he had done so much for people. Jesus, can the same be said of me?
Day: 17th September Tuesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 7:11-17)
The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming, “A great prophet has arisen in our midst,” and “God has visited his people.” My Lord, You are compassionate as You speak to the distraught mother and say, “Do not weep.”
That woman didn’t say anything to You. She didn’t ask for her son to be brought back to life. It was enough for You to glance at her to understand what was in her heart. Jesus, what do You see in my heart now?
Day: 18th September Wednesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 7:31-35)
Then to what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.
Jesus, do people sometimes complain about me? Is it that I always want everyone to ‘dance to my tune’: my likes, my way of doing things, my ideas …?
Day: 19th September Thursday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 7:36-50)
Jesus said to him in reply, “Simon… When I entered your house, you did not give me water for my feet… So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. …”
Jesus, that sinful woman – despite her many sins – is courageous: it must have been quite difficult to get into this Pharisee’s house … they all knew “what sort of woman” she was. But she was sorry for her past life, she was sorry for having rejected You. She wept and anointed You with expensive ointment because she wanted to express the depths of her contrition. Jesus, what sort of a person am I? Do I accept that I am a sinner? Do I want to make up with You?
Day: 20th September Friday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 8:1-3)
Afterward Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.
To move “from one town and village to another” meant that You and Your disciples covered many kilometres on foot. The paths were rough and dusty. It would have been much easier to stay in one place. Am I ready to imitate You, to get out of my comfort zone and do apostolate?
Day: 21st September Saturday
(St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist)
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 9:9-13)
Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.
Jesus through the example of St. Matthew, Apostle teaches us not to be judgemental of others, but to appreciate each person who God brings our way. Jesus calls and accepts us the way we are. Am I firm in following Jesus Christ.
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