2 Mc 7: 1-2. 9-14 Sit down and read and reflect upon the whole story of this amazing mother and her sons. It is truly inspiring. While praying that we will never be put to a similar test of our resolve and faith, let us also pray that we will still develop the level of commitment to our faith that this family had. Martyrdom is not for everyone – but a radical faith commitment should be lived by us all.

 

Holy Spirit, strengthen my will to follow Jesus no matter what trials I encounter.

 

2 Thes 2: 16 – 3: 5 Paul often prays for protection against the evil one when writing to the communities he founded? Why? The simple answer to this question is that if the devil can destroy the foundations of the community fellowship, then it will be much easier for him to then lead individuals astray as there will be little encouragement and help coming from other, now estranged, members of the community.

 

Jesus, help me to maintain strong relationships with all the members of the communities to which I belong. I know this will serve me well in the long run as a source of support and encouragement.

 

Lk 20: 27-38 The Sadducees are distracted from the issues that really matter, namely their individual faith responses to God. Technical questions regarding the law are fine if they have a relevant basis upon which they are derived, however, theoretical cases for the sake of trying to trip up someone in their answer is a waste of time! How much time do I waste in similar pursuits to this – time that I could be spending far more profitably in the service of the Gospel.

 

Jesus, help me to avoid the distractions of the world and the devil and focus upon your will for my life – the thing that really matters.