1 Kgs 19: 9a. 11-16 Sometimes we find God in the places that we least expect to find him! This is all part of the mystery of how God works in our lives. We should never forget the many stories in the Scriptures that detail the unexpected nature of God’s appearance in the midst of his people, not the least being his being born to a virgin and laid in a manger as a bed! Let us open our hearts to discover God wherever he may be and in whatever form he comes into our lives.

Jesus, you have been made manifest in so many ways throughout history. You come in small and easily missable ways; you will come in glory at the end of time. Help me to be able to discern your presence in my life.

Mt 5: 27-32 Sin is a horrible thing that we should avoid at all costs. Jesus never sins but he has experienced in his humanity the effects of sin by living in our midst as a man. He knows the struggles we face with temptation. Let us be inspired by his rejection of all temptation as we seek to grow in discipleship today. Let us realize that we should do all that is in our power to avoid the horror of allowing sin to reign in our lives.

Jesus, help me to appropriate the victory over sin you give me through your cross. Help me to grow in my hatred for sin every day.