Monday, 23 April 2012

Wonderful Monday

Monday retreat.....
Prayer:   God of All,  we thank You that we are able to sit in Your presence through this time of Devotional.  God of All,  we thank You that we are able to reflect upon Your word.   God of All,  we ask that You use us today to fulfill Your kingdom.  This we ask in the name of Jesus,  Your son.  Amen.

Read:  St. Matthew 12: 38 – 45

Some of the Scribes and Pharisees come to Jesus and ask to know what his credentials are for being able to heal and preach the Word of God.   The “credential” that they want is a miracle.   Jesus responds by saying that the only proof they will get is that like Jonah,  the Son of Man will be gone three days and nights in a deep grave.  As the Ninevites stood up and repented,  so too must everyone repent.   Jesus says that we must all clean the junk out of our lives and get ready for God. 
Unfortunately for some of the Scribes and Pharisees,  they did not get ready for God.  They did not repent.  They did not clean the junk out of their lives.  And now the devil is moving back in their lives.
We  too need to clean the junk out of our lives.   While we did clean the junk out of our lives during the season of Lent,  we need to take time at the end of each day to look over our day and see if we have any times where we were negative,  had negative thoughts,  or did not bring the Good News of God into our community.  

Prayer:  Almighty God,  I  release all my negative thoughts to You.   Divine Healer,  please instill within me Your peace,  Your fulfillment,  Your serenity, and Your joy.  This I ask that Your will be done.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Many blessings!

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