For your assistance in praying with the Church community this week, the liturgical Sunday readings read at all the masses are provided below, with some suggestions of activities that you and your family might do during the week to help sustain the messages of the Sunday gospel.
Please let us know if these suggestions are helpful for you or your family.
September 14, 2014, The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
"We should glory in the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ." (Galatians 6:14)
Gospel: John 3:13-17 Readings Here
REFLECTION: God our Father, in obedience to you, your only Son accepted death on the cross for the salvation of mankind. May we receive the gift of redemption, through the same Jesus Christ. Amen.
PRAYER: Lord, help us to be open to ourselves. Give us the confidence we need to love ourselves with our weaknesses as well as our strengths. For this is how you love us. Amen.
Monday: Read the Scriptures for this Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross and ponder the meaning.
Tuesday: Look around your home today; be sure there is a cross someplace visible that all will know that yours is a Christian home.
Wednesday: Pray as a family the Sorrowful Mysteries Video Here of the Rosary. Remember those who suffer in your prayers.
Thursday: Be aware of the personal things you deny yourself for the sake of your own growth and that of your family.
Why we suffer in this life is a mystery. Make an act of faith in this mystery and accept the grace, the love of God that comes through suffering.
Saturday: Usually the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows follows the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. It reminds us to unite our suffering with Mary. Do this today.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, you knew well what it meant to be ridiculed and rejected. Give us strength to do what is right even if we meet with disapproval and pain. Help us to respect others who choose the right. Amen.
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