Tuesday Devotion October 19, 2021

Sunday Reflection (October 17, 2021)

What is it to which you give your allegiance? Is it God?
Even the disciples were mistaken about what obeying
God meant (Mark 10:35-45). The domination
and manipulation of others has no place in following
Christ. Rather, followers of Christ express power
and greatness through patient, long-suffering service
which may bring about suffering for choosing to do
the right thing out of kindness and love. 

In spite of James and John’s misunderstanding, Jesus
did not rebuke them or punish them; rather, Jesus accepted
them as they were and firmly pointed them in a new direction.
God accepts us and firmly points us in a new direction of learning
obedience (Hebrews 5:8-9). May we follow and learn to extend
grace and kindness as a response to our love for God and others.

Prayer for the Week (October 17-October 23, 2021)

Let us pray to the Lord who bends close
to hear our prayer:
Lord our God, you guard us
under the shadow of your wings
and search into the depths of our hearts.
Remove the blindness that prevents us
from knowing you
and relieve the fear
that hides us from your sight.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.                                        (Sunday Missal, alt.)

Thursday Devotion October 14, 2021

Tuesday Devotion October 12, 2021

Sunday Sermon October 10, 2021

Prayer for the Week (October 10-October 16, 2021)

Let us pray to God for the wisdom to follow God’s Son
    without hesitation:
Lord our God, your living Word upsets us
    because you give first place in your kingdom
    to the last and least.
You call the poor rich and blessed
    and ask the rich to become poor.
Give us the wisdom of living for the things
    that matter and follow your Son
    on the road to you and our neighbor.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
                                                             (Claretian Publications)

Sunday Reflection (October 10, 2021)

God judged the ruling classes of ancient Israel because mistreating the poor was a fundamental rejection of Israel’s relationship with God. God took notice (Amos 5:6-7, 10-15). When the “rich, young ruler” approached Jesus, Jesus told him to sell all he had, and give to the poor. He walked away (Mark 10:17-26). God’s Word, Jesus Christ, discerned the thoughts and intentions of this rich man, but enough about this rich man who is an easy target for those who are not rich. God’s Word discerns your thoughts and your intentions too! As well as mine!
What keeps you from the kingdom of God? What keeps you from bringing about the kingdom of God? Not what keeps your neighbor or that person of another faith from the kingdom of God, but what keeps you from the kingdom of God and bringing about the kingdom of God? God’s Word exposes our weakness and sins – no ifs, ands, or buts, yet God’s grace makes the impossible a possibility (Mark 10:26-27).

Devotion October 7, 2021

Devotion October 5, 2021