As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, he saw the city
and wept over it, saying, "If this day you
only knew what makes for peace-- but now it
is hidden from your eyes. For the days are coming
upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade
against you; they will encircle you and hem you
in on all sides. They will smash you to the
ground and your children within you, and they will
not leave one stone upon another within you because you
did not recognize the time of your visitation."
Introductory Prayer: 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
Petition: 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
The 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
Fort: 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 –
our prayer and fidelity to his will!
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 for
Resolution: I will start a constant
prayer life by praying the Rosary every day this week.