Luke 19: 41-44
Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
I will start a constant prayer life by praying the Rosary every day this week.
Lord Jesus, many times I have overlooked your love in
the circumstances of my life. I know you are always present, even if I don't feel your love. This
time of prayer is an opportunity to show you my love, and I truly desire to bring you consolation as
you so often bring consolation to me.
Heavenly Father, help me to stand firm amidst the
vicissitudes of life.
1. As for Me and My Household, We Will Serve the Lord (Joshua
beauty of this life is that it offers us so many options. We have all been given the grace of free
will, and we can choose to do many things. We can choose where we would like to work, where we want
to vacation, who our friends are, what we are going to do this very moment. But the most important
choice we make in life is to decide whether to love and serve God or to deny him. God's greatest,
natural gift to us is free will, and with it we direct our own destiny. What a truly beautiful soul
who chooses to spend his life serving God! Clearly opting for God and his ways gives direction to a
person's life and provides clarity in moments of darkness and trial.
2. The Time to Prepare for a Storm Is Now:
The worst time to clean out the gutters
is in the middle of a thunder storm. And that roof would have worked a lot better had it been fixed
before a week of rain. The concept of being prepared is so hard for us human beings. Christ told his
disciples, Watch and pray, that you may not undergo the test (Matthew 26:41). He was saying, Be
prepared. You never know when temptations or tough times are going to strike.
3. Holding the
spiritual life is a lot like a castle. A castle has its strong points and its not-so-strong points.
It has a moat, high stone walls and turrets, but it also has a gate made only of wood. Each of us
has one or two things that can be likened to that wooden gate. We all have our weaknesses, but do we
know what those weaknesses are? One of the keys to being able to resist sin is self-knowledge. If we
know ourselves, we can avoid putting ourselves in compromising situations. We can use our strong
points to fight the enemy and fortify those areas that are the weakest. In the end, the strongest
weapon we have both to resist and to fight is our dependence on the Lord ñ our prayer and fidelity
to his will!
Conversation with Christ:
Jesus, I don't want to base my life
just on feelings
and on what makes me happy.
I want to live for you, to take a risk
I will start a constant prayer life by praying the
Rosary every day this week.