Spirituality Corner

Please Remember in Prayer

Those, living and deceased, who are listed in our Book of Prayers, found at the back of church.

Anyone can add names to this book each month.

Do as Jesus Directs

What does it mean to be holy? God has definite ideas about the answer. Not bearing hatred for your brother or sister, not seeking revenge or holding grudges, loving your neighbor as yourself, treating human beings as the temples of God they are, offering no resistance to someone who wants to hurt you, turning the other cheek, not turning your back on someone, loving your enemies,   praying for those who persecute you, and striving for   perfection are some of the ways holiness can be pursued. Holiness, understood through God’s eyes, is attainable by all of us. It comes from making the right Gospel-centered choices and not falling victim to lesser temptations, reactions, and desires. Knowing what holiness actually involves, is it something you really want?

Scripture

Spend Some Time Reflecting on the Daily Readings

Readings for the Week of February 23rd, 2020

Sunday: Lv 19:1-2, 17-18/Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13 [8a]/1 Cor 3:16-23/Mt 5:38-48

Monday: Jas 3:13-18/Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 15 [9a]//Mk 9:14-29

Tuesday: Jas 4:1-10/Ps 55:7-8, 9-10a, 10b-11a, 23 [23a]/Mk 9:30-37

Wednesday: Jl 2:12-18/Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17 [cf. 3a]/2 Cor 5:20—6:2/Mt 6:1-6, 16-18

Thursday: Dt 30:15-20/Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 [Ps 40:5a]/Lk 9:22-25

Friday: 58:1-9a/Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 18-19 [19b]/Mt 9:14-15

Saturday: Is 58:9b-14/Ps 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 [11ab]/Lk 5:27-32

Next Sunday: Gn 2:7-9; 3:1-7/Ps 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 17 [cf. 3a]/Rom 5:12-19 or 5:12, 17-19/Mt 4:1-11

Sharing the Gospel 

After you let God’s love fill your heart you will act different. If someone at school is mean to you, you won’t get even. You will pray for her instead, with love in your heart. If your parents ask you to make your bed, you will do it cheerfully. With God’s help you can do a lot of good.

Prayer 

God, help me to love other people the way you do.

Mission of the Week

Pick up your toys and help with the dishes, without waiting to be asked.  

Questions of the Week

First Reading
God’s command to the ancient Israelites to be holy is inextricably linked to love of neighbor. What obstacles make this call to holiness so difficult to achieve?

Second Reading
Paul sees believers as “the temple of God” (holy) and warns believers, “Let no one deceive himself.” What are the voices in our society that try to deceive us of our identity?

Gospel Reading
In speaking about non-retaliation and love of enemies, Jesus challenges his disciples to “be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Why do you think Jesus would issue such a seemingly impossible command?  


God already has the solution.