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Centering Prayer & Devotional – Aug 17, 2021

Centering Prayer * St. James' Episcopal Church

The Welcoming Prayer for Healing – Centering Prayer (Please gently become aware of your interior state, and repeat this prayer.)

God, I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment.

God, I know it is for my healing.

God, I welcome all thoughts, and emotions.

God, I let go of my desire for control. God, I let go of my desire for approval.

God, I let go of my desire to change people.

God, I open myself to your love.

God, I open myself to your healing grace.

Now we will slowly breathe in through our nose, and then slowly breathe out through our mouths as we repeat one word, “Amen”, 3 times, while we refocus ourselves in our New Supernatural Reality Jesus: Amen. Amen. Amen.

Confession:

Merciful God, you pardon all who truly repent and turn to you. We humbly confess our sins and ask your mercy. We have not loved you with a pure heart, nor have we loved our neighbor as ourselves. We have not done justice, loved kindness, or walked humbly with you, our God. Have mercy on us, O God, in your loving-kindness. In your great compassion, cleanse us from our sin. Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us. Do not cast us from your presence, or take your Holy Spirit from us. Restore to us the joy of your salvation and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit. Amen.

Bible Reading & Devotional:

DAILY MEDITATION: MATTHEW 19:23-30

Many who are first will be last, and the last will be first. (Matthew 19:30)

In a short story titled “Revelation,” renowned Catholic author Flannery O’Connor describes a self-righteous character who believes she is far superior, in God’s eyes, to people from a different social class than hers. But then a disturbing incident occurs that causes her to question whether God actually sees her in the way she sees herself. What if she is not of greater worth than those she scorns?

The possibility that her own assessment might be wrong is almost unthinkable to the woman, and deeply unsettling. As she angrily questions God, she suddenly has a vision of all those people she disdains making their way into heaven ahead of her. Stunned by what she sees, she is left to grapple with its message. The reversal of first and last is certainly not the order she expected!

In today’s Gospel passage, it’s clear that Jesus wants his disciples to understand that the people in his kingdom will not be judged according to the world’s criteria. In his new order, class, wealth, status, position, power, and influence do not guarantee a place of honor. No, Jesus is establishing a whole new set of criteria for salvation, one based on love, repentance, and humility.

As Christians, we know this to be true. But because we are sinful people living in a sinful world, there is always a danger that we will slip into judging people by the world’s superficial standards. We may even start to believe that we are somehow superior to other people.

How can we get our thinking in line with Jesus’ way of seeing people? The answer lies in asking for the grace to see people with his eyes. With the eyes of faith, we see beyond mere appearances, which can often distract us. We perceive people as they really are—as Jesus does—with deep charity and respect for who God has designed them to be. And that’s when we come to realize that we are all God’s children. Whether first or last, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.

“Jesus, give us your vision for the kingdom of God.”

The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

Centering Prayer & Devotional – Aug. 16, 2021

Centering Prayer * St. James' Episcopal Church

The Welcoming Prayer for Healing – Centering Prayer (Please gently become aware of your interior state, and repeat this prayer.)

God, I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment.

God, I know it is for my healing.

God, I welcome all thoughts, and emotions.

God, I let go of my desire for control. God, I let go of my desire for approval.

God, I let go of my desire to change people.

God, I open myself to your love.

God, I open myself to your healing grace.

Now we will slowly breathe in through our nose, and then slowly breathe out through our mouths as we repeat one word, “Amen”, 3 times, while we refocus ourselves in our New Supernatural Reality Jesus: Amen. Amen. Amen.

Confession:

Heavenly Father, you have given us everything we need in Christ. This includes gifts and talents to be used for Your glory. Yet we don’t all have the same giftings. At times, we can make this about ourselves. We confess that we have moments where we compare and become jealous of one another. Please forgive our insecurities in this area. Remind us to enjoy what You have given us. Your grace is sufficient for us, and by Your grace, may we fulfill our own God-given callings on this earth. And may our joy be full in Christ. We pray this humbly in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Bible Reading & Devotional:

DAILY MEDITATION: JUDGES 2:11-19

They followed the other gods . . . and by their worship of these gods provoked the Lord. (Judges 2:12)

Today’s first reading can be unsettling in the way it depicts God as showing righteous anger over his people’s faithlessness. But this same reading also shows him taking pity on those same disloyal, inconstant people—again and again. On balance, the Scriptures show us a God who is all-loving and always willing to forgive. It shows him persistently striving to draw his people—us—into a relationship of love with him. Just look at Israel’s story up to this point.

After God had rescued the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, he brought them to Canaan and helped them win victories over their enemies. His intention had always been to shower his people with loving kindness, to protect them, and to help establish them in the land he had given them. He wanted a relationship, a connection of their hearts to his.

Just as we do today, the Israelites often rejected this bond of love and disobeyed the Lord. And like us, they suffered the consequences of their deeds and lost their closeness with God. But look what happened every time they turned back: God “had regard for their affliction when he heard their cry” (Psalm 106:44). He welcomed them back and blessed them. This should impress upon us how serious human sin is and how complete God’s justice is. But it can also fill us with gratitude: God loves us too much to abandon us to our sin. He even sent his Son, so that everyone who believes in him might experience the connection of hearts that God has always wanted for us.

So how do we experience that connection? By honoring the Lord and giving him first place in our lives. In our prayer and worship. In our relationships. And in the hard times we inevitably face. Israel wavered in that commission, and sometimes we do too. But God is ever faithful. He is always ready to rekindle your relationship with him. If you need to repent for resisting a connection of your heart to his, do so now. Tell him you want to deepen your relationship with him.

“Almighty God, help me to grow in my bond of love with you.”

The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

Soul Care Aug.15-21

Soul Care When You are an Introvert with the Spiritual Gift of Service -  Pastor Brian Moss

Scripture: casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. – 1 Peter 5:7-8

Insight: Cast is not a word we often use in modern English so we may not have been familiar with the terminology, but the image could not be clearer. In our passage, Peter calls us to throw or put our anxieties on [God] because He cares for us. The image that comes to mind is carrying a lot of weight on our own but then casting it onto a cart so that it can do the heavy lifting. God has asked us to allow Him to carry our burdens; we do not need to shoulder on our own the things that scare us, the things that worry us. He wants to take part in our efforts to know Him. But, why? Verse 7 says “because he cares for you”. God cares for us and it is because of this deep care that He says “let me take your concerns for you, I can take it”.

Reflection: Am I trusting in the God who is big enough to sweep away my fears, and take on the issues of life?

Prayer: Powerful God, I believe that I can approach you with my concerns, and that you are willing to take them and carry me through them. Please help me when I struggle to trust you. This week, please show me how great you are and how much you care. I trust that the God who put the stars in the heavens knows my name and will walk with me through life’s struggles. Thank you, God, for sending your son so that I could have this kind of relationship with you. Amen.

Worship: Meditate in the Presence of God with this Worship Song and Give him thanks & praise.

God of Peace (Lyric Video) – Nikki Moltz (feat. Josh Barnett)

Soul Care Aug. 10-14th

Soul Care When You are an Introvert with the Spiritual Gift of Service -  Pastor Brian Moss

Prayer: The Welcoming Prayer for Healing – Centering Prayer (Please gently become aware of your interior state, and repeat this prayer.)

God, I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment.

God, I know it is for my healing. God, I welcome all thoughts, and emotions.

God, I let go of my desire for control.

God, I let go of my desire for approval.

God, I let go of my desire to change people.

God, I open myself to your love. God, I open myself to your healing grace.

Now we will slowly breathe in through our nose, and then slowly breathe out through our mouths as we repeat one word, “Amen”, 3 times, while we refocus ourselves in our New Supernatural Reality Jesus: Amen. Amen. Amen.

Scripture: The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but he loves him who pursues righteousness -Proverbs 15:9

Insight: God hates sin, and therefore He must judge sin. By contrast, though, God loves [the person] who “pursues righteousness”. The person who sees God and chases after Him is a delight to God. Mankind is made to chase after gods, whether they be the God of the Bible or some idol. Will you chase after the God who loves those who love Him, or will you pursue the idols of the world and reject Him who loves?

Reflection: What are some obstacles that hold you back from pursuing a life closer to Jesus?

Worship: Meditate in the Presence of God with this Worship Song and Give him thanks & praise.

Matt Maher – Run to The Father

Centering Prayer & Devotional – July 25, 2021

Centering Prayer * St. James' Episcopal Church

The Welcoming Prayer for Healing – Centering Prayer (Please gently become aware of your interior state, and repeat this prayer.)

God, I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment.

God, I know it is for my healing.

God, I welcome all thoughts, and emotions.

God, I let go of my desire for control. God, I let go of my desire for approval.

God, I let go of my desire to change people.

God, I open myself to your love.

God, I open myself to your healing grace.

Now we will slowly breathe in through our nose, and then slowly breathe out through our mouths as we repeat one word, “Amen”, 3 times, while we refocus ourselves in our New Supernatural Reality Jesus: Amen. Amen. Amen.

Confession:

Dear Heavenly Father, We are grateful that we can come to You at any time, about anything. We know that You listen to the earnest cries of our hearts. We know that You have great power; You are the Creator of heaven and earth. Yet, at times, we are still prone to doubt. Sometimes we are skeptical that our prayers can even be answered. Our earthly minds cannot comprehend a resolution. Nothing seems to have worked and our situation starts to seem hopeless. Lord, we confess to You our disbelief, And ask for Your help. Have mercy on us in our doubts and give us vision and hope for what You will do. Deepen our trust in You, and increase our faith so that we can believe fully again in Your faithfulness. We ask this humbly in Christ’s Holy Name. Amen.

Bible Reading & Devotional:

DAILY MEDITATION: JOHN 6:1-15

Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted. (John 6:12)

In John’s telling of the miracle of the loaves and fishes, Jesus says very little. Out of a story that is 310 words long, Jesus speaks only 25! But there is a whole world of meaning behind each word.

First, Jesus sets the miracle in motion with a practical question: “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” (John 6:5). Jesus knows what he is going to do, but he wants to prompt Philip and the other disciples to expand their expectations. He is pointing out a situation that is humanly impossible to solve so that they will begin to consider other, more divinely inspired options.

Next, he prepares everyone to receive the miracle he is about to perform: “Have the people recline” (John 6:10). They don’t have to do much—just take a position of rest and trust. Of course, that may not be easy when you’re hungry and you can’t see any food readily available. But that’s the way it is with the Lord: sometimes he asks you to rest and trust in his provision, even when you can’t see any possible hope of a way out.

Finally, he brings the miracle to a close: “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted” (John 6:12). Jesus is generous—exceedingly generous—but he is not wasteful. A lot was left over, and Jesus wanted to make sure it went to good use. These baskets of food—one for each apostle—were his way of telling us to be equally generous in sharing his blessings. Every gift he gives is meant not just for us; it’s meant to shape how we speak and act so that we can become stronger witnesses to his love.

Like manna from heaven, Jesus’ grace is always showering down on us. May we learn how to receive it and always be ready to offer it to the people around us!

“Thank you, Jesus, for always giving me what I need! Please show me how to share your blessings with everyone else.”

Conclude with 7 Minutes of Silent Prayer

The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

Centering Prayer & Devotional – July 24, 2021

Centering Prayer * St. James' Episcopal Church

The Welcoming Prayer for Healing – Centering Prayer (Please gently become aware of your interior state, and repeat this prayer.)

God, I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment.

God, I know it is for my healing.

God, I welcome all thoughts, and emotions.

God, I let go of my desire for control. God, I let go of my desire for approval.

God, I let go of my desire to change people.

God, I open myself to your love.

God, I open myself to your healing grace.

Now we will slowly breathe in through our nose, and then slowly breathe out through our mouths as we repeat one word, “Amen”, 3 times, while we refocus ourselves in our New Supernatural Reality Jesus: Amen. Amen. Amen.

Confession:

Eternal God, your good news to us in Jesus Christ Changes our lives forever. Yet we confess to You That we are reluctant to live as changed people. We are enslaved to our old ways. We are angry, judgmental, and devious. We are hypocritical, prideful, and faithless. We do not love You, Nor do we love our neighbors as ourselves. Forgive us, O Lord. Restore to us a love of Your Son, Jesus. Renew in us the strength of Your Holy Spirit. Return us to a life that lives in Your grace as we have been saved by Your grace. Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Bible Reading & Devotional:

DAILY MEDITATION: MATTHEW 13:18-23

The seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it. (Matthew 13:23)

It’s tempting, especially when life gets difficult, to see things as they are instead of what they can become. Land that is full of weeds, rocks, and thorns, for instance, may not look like a good place for a fruitful garden. Similarly, when we look at ourselves, we may see only obstacles to becoming rich soil that bears fruit for God’s kingdom.

In Jesus’ parable of the sower, three of the four types of soil didn’t look very hopeful either. That didn’t stop the farmer from sowing his seed just as freely as Jesus sows his word in us. But Jesus wants to do more than just give us his word. He wants to remove the obstacles as well. That’s because he sees all that we can become in him, not just who we are right now.

Jesus identifies three types of obstacles in the parable: the lies of the devil, the lack of deep roots, and the lures and anxieties of the world. First, the devil can steal away the seed of truth by whispering into our hearts lies that close us off to the gospel message. Second, if we lack deep roots in the word of God, suffering and challenges can drain our joy in the Lord. Lastly, the anxieties and ambitions of the world can crowd our hearts, leaving little room for the word of God to grow and take root.

Is there one particular obstacle that is giving you a hard time right now? Know that Jesus is more than able to help you overcome it. But he also asks you to cooperate with him. He promised that the one who “hears the word and understands” it will bear fruit (Matthew 13:23). So even as you ask him to make you more fruitful, do your part by digging into the word of God. Believe that the more you come to understand and love his word, the more fruit you will bear.

So don’t look only at the person you are. Remember the person God made you to be. Let Jesus become the gardener of your heart. He can make even the rockiest ground into the richest of soil!

“Jesus, help me remove any obstacles to your word in my heart. Lord, I want to bear great fruit for you!”

Conclude with 7 Minutes of Silent Prayer

The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

Centering Prayer & Devotional – 7/16/21

Centering Prayer * St. James' Episcopal Church

The Welcoming Prayer for Healing – Centering Prayer (Please gently become aware of your interior state, and repeat this prayer.)

God, I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment.

God, I know it is for my healing.

God, I welcome all thoughts, and emotions.

God, I let go of my desire for control. God, I let go of my desire for approval.

God, I let go of my desire to change people.

God, I open myself to your love.

God, I open myself to your healing grace.

Now we will slowly breathe in through our nose, and then slowly breathe out through our mouths as we repeat one word, “Amen”, 3 times, while we refocus ourselves in our New Supernatural Reality Jesus: Amen. Amen. Amen.

Confession:

Holy and merciful God, in your presence we confess our sinfulness, our shortcomings, and our offenses against you. You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from your ways, in wasting your gifts, in forgetting your love. Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we are ashamed and sorry for all we have done to displease you. Forgive our sins, and help us to live in your light, and walk in your ways, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Bible Reading & Devotional:

DAILY MEDITATION: EXODUS 3:13-20

This is my name forever. (Exodus 3:15)

“I am who am”—this is the phrase God used to reveal his name to Moses (Exodus 3:14). The original Hebrew, ehyeh asher ehyeh, is a wordplay that reflects the mysterious nature of the God of the universe. It tells us he is eternal and everlasting, with no beginning or end. He is the Creator of all that exists. He is so unlike us in every way that human language can scarcely describe him.

But notice that at the same time that God reveals his name, he also identifies himself in another way: “The God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:15). The God of the universe is also the God of history. He has personally entered into the life of a people, the Israelites, and formed them. He called them his own and made a covenant with them. Now he is promising that through Moses, he will liberate them from slavery and give them a land flowing with milk and honey.

And that’s just the beginning! Over time, the God who exists beyond time will enter into time as a human being. Born of a virgin, he will grow up in a family and work as a tradesman in Nazareth. Eventually he will launch a public ministry of preaching and healing. Through his words and actions, he will show us who God is—a God who loves us unconditionally and has come to forgive and heal us. A God who is willing to die for us to liberate us from the slavery of sin and death so that we can live with him forever.

This is the same God who not only created you but who has entered into your own personal history! He is not just the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—he is your God as well. And through Jesus, you can know this mysterious, eternal God in an intimate way.

Today, spend some time meditating on God’s name: “I am who am.” Then stand in awe and thank your heavenly Father for making himself known to you through the very human face of Jesus.

“Father, I praise you for sending your Son so that I can know you in such a personal way.”

Conclude with 7 Minutes of Silent Prayer

The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

Centering Prayer & Devotional – 7/15/21

Centering Prayer * St. James' Episcopal Church

The Welcoming Prayer for Healing – Centering Prayer (Please gently become aware of your interior state, and repeat this prayer.)

God, I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment.

God, I know it is for my healing.

God, I welcome all thoughts, and emotions.

God, I let go of my desire for control. God, I let go of my desire for approval.

God, I let go of my desire to change people.

God, I open myself to your love.

God, I open myself to your healing grace.

Now we will slowly breathe in through our nose, and then slowly breathe out through our mouths as we repeat one word, “Amen”, 3 times, while we refocus ourselves in our New Supernatural Reality Jesus: Amen. Amen. Amen.

Confession:

Almighty God, you love us, but we do not love you fully. You call, but we do not always listen. We often walk away from neighbors in need, wrapped in our own concerns. We often condone evil, hatred, warfare, and greed. God of grace, help us to admit our sin, so that as you move toward us in mercy, we may repent, turn to you, and receive forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen.

Bible Reading & Devotional:

DAILY MEDITATION: EXODUS 3:1-6, 9-12

Remove the sandals from your feet. (Exodus 3:5)

Nothing in Moses’ past could have prepared him for what was about to happen. Growing up in Pharaoh’s household, he may have heard tales of Abraham, but none of these stories would have been told in a way that stirred up faith. He knew that his own people had been slaves for centuries. So even if he had heard about the God of Israel intervening in his ancestors’ lives, that too would have seemed like tales from the ancient past.

It’s only natural, then, that Moses was awestruck when he saw the burning bush. Curious, he approached to find out more. That’s when he realized he was in God’s presence. Not only did he clearly hear God’s voice, but he could feel God’s holiness shining from the bush. So off came his shoes.

None of us have seen a burning bush as Moses did, but we still believe that God is present in us and with us. We can discern his presence in nature, in Scripture, in the sacraments, and even in the people around us. There are countless ordinary ways that God is present to us every day.

But sometimes, as he did with Moses, God does something extraordinary. He interacts with us in a more remarkable way. When that happens, you know it. You have a clear sense that God has pierced your heart, or set you on a new path, or convinced you of his presence in your life. In those experiences, you realize that you’re on holy ground because you know in your heart that God is there. You feel a sense of awe at God’s love, and that awe fills you with love for him and draws you to worship him. These are the kinds of experiences that change you.

You don’t have to have these kinds of experiences on a regular basis. God continues to work in your life every day—even when you “feel” nothing. Still, it never hurts to ask him to make his presence known to you in a powerful way. Quiet your heart and tell your loving Father in heaven that you are open to having him break into your ordinary life at any moment—even today, even now.

And keep those shoelaces loose!

“Holy God, help me to keep my heart open in case you want to surprise me today.”

Conclude with 5 Minutes of Silent Prayer

The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

Centering Prayer & Devotional – 7/14/21

Centering Prayer * St. James' Episcopal Church

The Welcoming Prayer for Healing – Centering Prayer (Please gently become aware of your interior state, and repeat this prayer.)

God, I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment.

God, I know it is for my healing.

God, I welcome all thoughts, and emotions.

God, I let go of my desire for control. God, I let go of my desire for approval.

God, I let go of my desire to change people.

God, I open myself to your love.

God, I open myself to your healing grace.

Now we will slowly breathe in through our nose, and then slowly breathe out through our mouths as we repeat one word, “Amen”, 3 times, while we refocus ourselves in our New Supernatural Reality Jesus: Amen. Amen. Amen.

Confession:

Merciful God, we confess that we have often failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love. We have not loved our neighbors, and have refused to hear the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray, and free us for joyful obedience; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Bible Reading & Devotional:

DAILY MEDITATION: EXODUS 2:1-15

Moses fled . . . and stayed in the land of Midian. (Exodus 2:15)

Every superhero has an origin story. Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and became Spiderman. Steve Rogers was injected with a secret serum and morphed into Captain America. And Moses? Well, he was a killer and fugitive from justice when God called him to lead his people out of slavery.

That’s not exactly an auspicious start for one of the Bible’s greatest heroes, is it? We might even wonder why this part of Moses’ story was included in the Bible. Wouldn’t it have been better to gloss over the bad stuff and focus only on the good things he did?

Not in the least. In fact, the Bible is quite clear-eyed about Moses’ weaknesses as well as his strengths. We read how he faced down Pharaoh and led the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt, but we also read about how many excuses he used to try to get out of his calling (Exodus 3:11–4:17). We read how he received the Ten Commandments from God, but we also read how he flew into a rage when he saw the people committing idolatry (32:15-28).

It’s not just Moses either. With the exception of the Virgin Mary and, of course, Jesus, virtually every hero or heroine in the Bible is shown to be a combination of strengths and weaknesses, of sin and righteousness. And that’s exactly the way it should be.

Why? Because the Bible is the story of how God called ordinary people—sinners just like us—to fulfill his plan of salvation. It’s the story of God pouring out his grace on everyday people to help them accomplish great things in his name.

For the next month, we’re going to be reading about Moses and his heroic exploits. As you read, be sure to remember where he came from and some of the ways he fell short of his calling. Remember that Moses was just like you—an imperfect person who cooperated with God’s grace—and that means you can become just like him—a servant who helps build the kingdom here on earth.

“Lord, teach me to welcome your grace so that I can do great things for you just as Moses did.”

Conclude with 5 Minutes of Silent Prayer

The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

Oración centrada y devocional

Contemplative Prayer – Saint John Neumann

La Oración de Bienvenida para la Sanación – Oración Centrante (Por favor, tome conciencia de su estado interior y repita esta oración). Dios, doy la bienvenida a todo lo que me viene en este momento. Dios, sé que es para mi curación. Dios, doy la bienvenida a todos los pensamientos y emociones. Dios, dejo ir mi deseo de control. Dios, dejo ir mi deseo de aprobación. Dios, dejo ir mi deseo de cambiar a la gente. Dios, me abro a tu amor. Dios, me abro a tu gracia sanadora. Ahora inhalaremos lentamente por la nariz y luego exhalaremos lentamente por la boca mientras repetimos una palabra, “Amén”, 3 veces, mientras nos reenfocamos en nuestra Nueva Realidad Sobrenatural Jesús: Amén. Amén. Amén.

Confesión: La vida que disfrutamos en Ti vino como un regalo gratis, pero jugamos a hacer creer que podemos devolverte el dinero, como si eso fuera algo que Tú pediste o incluso fuera posible. Hemos convertido Tu regalo en una transacción y retrocedemos hacia la tumba de la cual fuimos salvados libremente. Pero en Tu gracia, caemos solo para encontrar que la tumba fue cerrada en la resurrección de Jesús. Perdónanos por esforzarnos por devolver el regalo de la vida que nos ganaste en la cruz. Siendo salvos y aceptados a través de Tu don gratuito, sigamos a Jesús y rebosantes de gratitud. En el nombre de Jesús oramos. Amén. Lectura de la Biblia y devocional:

MEDITACIÓN DIARIA: MATEO 10: 34-11: 1 No penséis que he venido a traer la paz. (Mateo 10:34)

¿No quiere Jesús que nos llevemos bien? Esa es una pregunta justa, dado el Evangelio de hoy. Sus palabras pueden sonar tan duras. ¿Realmente quiere que nos convirtamos en enemigos de la gente de nuestra propia casa? No. Pero aunque Jesús no quiere que andemos causando problemas, quiere que sepamos que hay ocasiones en las que seguirlo puede resultar en conflicto con sus seres queridos. Según los Padres del Vaticano II, se supone que la familia es “la iglesia doméstica”, el lugar donde se enseña la fe y se anima a crecer (Lumen Gentium, 11).

Pero todos tenemos familiares, cercanos o distantes, cuyas creencias religiosas y expectativas morales son diferentes a las nuestras. Entonces, si estamos tratando activamente de seguir a Jesús, no es de extrañar que a veces encontremos cierta resistencia en nuestros hogares. Muchos de los santos más grandes de la Iglesia experimentaron esto. Santa Catalina de Siena, por ejemplo, se resistió a los esfuerzos de sus padres para obligarla a casarse. La familia de Santo Tomás de Aquino lo encerró en una torre y contrató a una prostituta para tentarlo. Santa Clara de Asís se escapó de su casa para reunirse con San Francisco y rechazó los intentos de sus padres de traerla de regreso. Pero ninguno de estos héroes de la fe arremetió ni buscó venganza. Hicieron todo lo posible por amar y perdonar. Jesús nunca dice que no deberíamos amar a nuestra familia. De hecho, algunos de nuestros conflictos pueden ser el resultado de nuestro propio orgullo o falta de amor.

Pero cuando centramos nuestras vidas en Jesús y hacemos de servirle nuestra máxima prioridad, ¡él promete que podremos amar mejor a los miembros de nuestra familia! Seremos más indulgentes, más comprensivos y más pacientes cuando surjan conflictos. No siempre es fácil vivir juntos en paz. A veces causamos los conflictos y otras veces no. Pero si estás tratando de seguir a Jesús, él encontrará la manera de sacar el bien de cualquier situación. Así que ore por su propia fe y por la fe de sus seres queridos, y confíe en que con Dios todo es posible. ¡Incluso aceptación, cambio, conversión y reconciliación! “Jesús, ayúdame a ser fiel a tu ley de amor”.

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El Padre Nuestro (reza lentamente esto) Padre nuestro que estás en los cielos, santificado sea tu nombre. Venga tu reino, hágase tu voluntad en la tierra como en el cielo. Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día. Y perdónanos nuestras ofensas, como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden. Y no nos metas en tentación, mas líbranos del maligno. Porque tuyo es el reino, el poder y la gloria para siempre. Amén.