Weekly devotional

Weekly Devotional

 

Week of October 15 - October 21


Opening Prayer:

O Lord God, whose chosen dwelling is the heart of the lowly.  We give thanks that You revealed Yourself in the holy child Jesus, thereby sanctifying all childhood in Him.  We ask You to make us humble in faith and love, that we may know the joy of the Gospel that is hidden from the wise and prudent and revealed unto babes.  Amen. 

- From The Book of Worship

Daily Scripture Readings:

Monday         Mark 13: 1-13, 24-37
Tuesday          Luke 21: 25-36
Wednesday    Revelation 1: 1-8
Thursday        Ezekiel 34: 1-10
Friday             Luke 12: 35-48
Saturday         Acts 1: 1-11
Sunday          John 1: 6-8, 19-28

Reading:

These souls, then, can understand the Lord when He calls them; for, as they gradually get nearer to the place where His Majesty dwells, He becomes a very good neighbor to them. And such are His mercy and goodness that, even when we are engaged in our worldly pastimes and businesses and pleasures and hagglings, when we are falling onto sins and rising from them again (because these creatures are at once so venomous and so active and it is so dangerous for us to be among them that it will be a miracle if we escape stumbling over them and falling) - in spite of all that, this Lord of ours is so anxious that we should desire Him and strive after His companionship that He calls us ceaselessly, time after time, to approach Him; and this voice of His is so sweet that the poor soul is consumed with grief at being unable to do His bidding immediately; and thus, as I say, it suffers more than if it could not hear Him.

I do not mean by this that He speaks to us and calls us in the precise way...His appeals come through the conversations of good people, or from sermons, or through the reading of good books; and there are many other ways, of which you have heard, in which God calls us. Or they come through sicknesses and trials, or by means of truths which God teaches us at times when we are engaged in prayer; however feeble such prayers may be, God values them highly.  You must not despise this first favor, sisters, nor be disconsolate, even though you have not responded immediately to the Lord’s call; for His Majesty is quite prepared to wait for many days, and even years, especially when He sees we are persevering and have good desires.  

- From Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila

Prayer:

A – Adoration / C – Confession / T – Thanks
S – Supplication (Joys and Concerns of Our People)
Excerpts from: A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other
Servants – Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck