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.
Give us a submissive heart like Mother Mary’s Immaculate Heart.
That in these moments of prayer, our who life revolves around you.
Our Father, Hail Mary,
Read: Ex. 33:7-11;34:5-9,28 Mt.13:36-43
“The weeds are the followers of the evil one and the enemy who sowed them is the devil.” (Mt. 13:37-39)
Jesus and the devil are in dispute over who rules the world. Or better yet, they are in dispute over the most valuable thing that is in the world: the minds and hearts of human beings.
If the dispute were simply over material things, Jesus would have long ago won the battle.
But the Lord Jesus uses love as His principal tool in trying to win over His people. Many of us are not open to understanding and accepting this love, and God does not force Himself on us. We must accept His love freely, consciously, voluntarily, with gratitude and love in return.
The devil takes an easier route. He works to tear the love of God out of the hearts of God’s people.
“The seed along the path is the man who hears the message about God’s reign without understanding it. The evil one approaches him to steal away what was sown in his mind.” (Mt. 13:19)
The devil wins many minds and many hearts because we are very open to desiring the sensual or the “quick-fix” to our needs, rather than putting our trust in Him.
To respond truly to the call of love that God offers us, we need to really try. We must battle all of our lives against the distractions and temptations the devil puts in our way.
Reflection and commentary
Psalm 56:14 “You have kept my feet from stumbling, I may walk before God in the light of the living.”
St. Peter Chrysologus, d. 450; called “Chrysologus” (golden-tongued) for his exceptional preaching ability; Bishop of Ravenna; 170 of his homilies are extant.
PRAYERS OF PETITION
From the 24th to the 31st of July
Let our voice blend with the choirs of Heaven and present to God all of our needs: You have set us free.
- You have overcome the world through your meekness and gentleness as shown through your Son’s sacrifice. Help us to imitate His willingness to suffer for your will. You have set us free.
- That our servicemen find consolation in you. July the injured, those in physical or emotional therapy or those grieving find solace in your Word and Church. You have set us free.
- Father, grant to us the guidance to know the most opportune word, gesture, place, etc… to win our brothers and sisters over to you. Through your cross…
- Death is the ticket to Life. The cross is the ticket to joy. The last shall be first…. Strengthen our belief, give us courage and make us ready. Through your cross…
- The Holy Spirit makes His presence felt and His power known so that we would be overwhelmed by His hand and be ready for service galore. Through your cross…
- Strengthen our Christian families to come to ever greater lengths of obedience to our holy mother the Church and to you, her divine Guide. Through your cross…
Add your own petitions
OUR PRAYER: We thank you for hearing our prayers. Grant us what is in accord with your holy will. We need you Lord, protect us. AMEN.