Gift: Understanding – With the gift of understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by all the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live.
Reading: He went throughout [the] whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. (Luke 3:3)
Observation: As I read the gospel reading for Mass today, I was thinking about the way that I would pray for the President to repent of the evil that he has put forth in his HHS mandate that forces men and women of good will, in the United States, to violate their consciences. At the same time, I was thinking that I should pray that we all repent of the evil in our own sinfulness. By the grace of God, both of these things will be done for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.
Personification: Self-Control. Many times when I choose to try to personify the fruit of self-control, I write that I will only be successful if the grace of God saves me from myself. God’s grace has saved me this morning and I just want to thank Him for it.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for saving me from my flesh and preserving me, by your grace, to follow your will and not my own this morning. Please continue to shine your light in my darkness and allow me to follow you, Jesus, with the continued intercession of Our Mother Mary, even more closely. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit…Amen!