Lord, as we begin these moments of prayer and meditation in the light of your Word,
We ask the Lord the help of the Holy Spirit.
May His Holy Fire engulf us in His love.
May His Holy Word instruct us and inform us.
O God, may you open our minds, our understanding and above all, our will to your call.
May your Word fill our daily living with LIFE.
May our hearts be afire with the desire to love you and serve you.
May we seek above all to imitate the life of prayer and sacrifice of Jesus, your Son.
Help us to seek you in every moment and be willing to give up all worldly allures to serve you.
Give us a heart open to praise you, open to hear you and open to follow you.
Help us have a submissive heart like Mother Mary’s Immaculate Heart to abandon ourselves more fully to you, Lord.
Our Father, Hail Mary,
Glory be.Glory be.
July 30, 2015, Thursday
Read: Ex. 40: 16-21, 34-38 Mt. 13: 47-53
“The kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.” (Mt. 13:47-50)
Man has advanced markedly his ability to be prepared. Because of this, we enjoy progress for we build upon our past success and errors and we continue to grow.
Yet it seems odd that our interest and investment in our environment, our future and our progress, seem focused solely on the temporal. The way most of us act, the material world and our stake in it is infinitely more important than or spiritual life and, more importantly, our eternal life. Yet the eternal is where we must focus our greatest concerns and preparations. “God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.” (Lk 12: 19-21)
Our life on Earth is an anticipation for the real life to come. Much as a caterpillar lives only to prepare itself for its complete transformation into a butterfly, so is our existence. Our life on Earth is to prepare us for an eternity with God.
Jesus warns us that true provisions must be made for our eternal life. There will come a time when we will have to give an account to God for our life and show our preparedness for life eternal.
Reflection and commentary
Psalm 55: “Cast your care upon the LORD, who will give you support.”
PRAYERS OF PETITION
From the 24th to the 31st of July
With these “A Few Minutes of Prayer in the Home — Koinonía Logos” we come together, no matter how separated by the miles, as one voice in our chain of prayer. We pray to the Lord.
- You have overcome the world through your meekness and gentleness as shown through the power of your Son’s sacrifice. Help us to imitate His willingness to suffer for your will. We pray to the Lord.
- Defend our military men and women and give them great discernment to do your holy will at all times. Make them act justly and exercise great restraint with the enormous power for good at their fingertips. We pray to the Lord.
- You called us to share the burden of ministry, of work in the kingdom of Earth. Help us to see the dignity of each person and realize that everyone is a candidate for true holiness and sanctity. We pray to the Lord.
- There is power in ministry — a power that comes from your Spirit to help us to perform the tasks at hand — to teach and preach and to love in difficult circumstances. Guide us to your Spirit. We pray to the Lord.
- Death is the ticket to life. The cross is the ticket to joy. The last shall be first…. Strengthen our belief and make us ready. We pray to the Lord.
(Add your own petitions)
OUR PRAYER: You are all we need. We thank you and praise you. AMEN.