A new meditation everyday! A saint or feast of the day, Bible verse, Mass readings, meditation, and prayer on one page.
May's guest writer is Tanya Ferdinandusz.. She lives in Sri Lanka with her husband, Roshan, and their two sons, Daniel and Joshua. Tanya has been writing for Christian publications and taking courses at a local seminary for many years. She leads a weekly Bible study group in her home.
June's guest writer is Bill Dodds. He is the editor of My Daily Visitor. He and his late wife, Monica, were the founders of the Friends of St. John the Caregiver (www.FSJC.org). His recent novels include Pope Bob and The World's Funniest Atheist; and, for children, My Great-grandfather Turns 12 Today.
Commit your life to the Lord, and he will help you. — Psalm 37 (see 5)
Mass Readings: Sirach 2:1-11/Mark 9:30-37
Before the Big Game, the coach has the team huddle up. He goes over strategy and gives last-minute instructions and encouragement. They listen, they jump up and cheer, and then they’re off into the game.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus also calls for a huddle. But Jesus’ instructions to His disciples run counter to those usually issued in our games, our workplaces, and our schools. Instead of saying, “Get out there and get ’em!” Jesus says, ‘Get out there and serve ’em!’ Jesus’ words are accompanied by an object lesson which demonstrates what it means to be “a servant of all.” At that time, a child (like a woman or a slave) enjoyed no rights or status in Jewish society. To be a servant of all is to welcome and serve even those who are regarded as “nobodies.”
Prayer: Servant-King, grant me the grace of humility to serve without discrimination as You did.
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