I will make one small sacrifice at a meal today for someone I wish I could help more
Introductory Prayer: Dear Jesus,
I believe in you and in the Kingdom you are building in and through me. I believe in the value of my
sacrifice and struggles united to yours. I hope to arrive to heaven when you say it is time. I wish
toAwaken my love with this prayer so that I may spend myself for those I should love the
Petition: Thy kingdom come, now and forever!
1. See for
Yourselves: . Jesus In today’s Gospel, Jesus is responding to the disciples’ anxious plea
for a “when” and a “with what warning” the end will come (Luke 21:7). He gives tells them some signs
that will precede the imminent fall of Jerusalem as well as the coming of the Son of Man “on the
clouds.”. But it these will all be very apparent, like the coming of summer. So don’t be obsessed
with figuring out the “when.” Focus on living and knowing the Kingdom of God now. How easily we are
distracted with all that happens around us, yet how difficult it is to be aware of the Kingdom, and
its demands in my heart and in my relations to others in my life! What efforts do I make to discover
and know the present demands of his kingdom Kingdom in my life?
2. The Kingdom of God Will Come:
. Jesus has used many images to describe the Kingdom of God. Like the mustard seed, it is hard to
recognize at first. It begins small and grows slowly. But it will come, and this must be our daily
prayer of desire: “Thy Kingdom Come!” We must resist a very real temptation. Almost unconsciously we
want it to be a worldly Kingdom that will come during my our lifetime. I We work and pray as though
I we will soon arrive at my our goals and rest from all my our spiritual labors. This leads me us to
get easily discouraged at my our lack of progress in prayer and virtue, no less than with the
problems that surround meus. No, I we must live with hope, pushing forward but with growing
confidence that the Lord will bring his Kingdom to fulfillment, both in me us and in the world –
when the time is right. Whose kingdom am I seeking?
3. My Words Will Not Pass Away:
. Another temptation in awaiting the Kingdom is to despair of the times of trial through which we
must pass. But in the words of St. Theresa of Jesus, “all things pass,” only God remains. Nothing we
suffer will remain as the Kingdom approaches. And yet all these “trials” are the most valuable and
powerful means to bring about the Kingdom in our own souls and in the lives of others, especially in
those who wander, as well as in our own souls. Use the tools of the Kingdom: Suffer trials with
faith, and respond with a love that gives them an eternal value. May we never lose a moment in which
to merit graces and build the Kingdom that comes. For iIn the end, only what we have done for God
and for our brothers and sisters remains.
Conversation with Christ: Lord
Jesus, give me a greater faith and confidence that every cross and burden, no matter how trivial or
small, is a means to love. I want to build your kingdom Kingdom with you. Keep me focused on the
opportunities and demands of the present moment. May I patiently work to help others in their
material and spiritual needs, that they too may come to know and love you and joyfully enter your
Resolution: I will make one
small sacrifice at a meal today for someone I wish I could help more.