Franciscan Renewal Center

Take 3 minutes in prayer… Pause, Read, Reflect…

 

Pause:

Take a moment to center yourself. Focus on your breath. As you breathe, call to mind the challenges of the past week — great or small. Think of the ones you overcame. Recognize God’s hand in the everyday.

 

Read:

Our Gospel today: MK 2:13-17

Jesus went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them. As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed Jesus. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him. Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus heard this and said to them, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

 

Reflect:

  • What is God speaking to me about through this Gospel?
  • Do I get to wrapped up in my own righteousness that I fail to remember that Christ came for everyone and is in everyone?

 

Final prayer:

Lord my God, your gift of grace is given to everyone. Help me recognize the grace in all people, not placing myself above anyone, but following you, walking with everyone on our path of faith together as one.

-Amen.

 

Even online, we are a community — a family — united through prayer. Thank you for taking this time to pray with us. Feel free to share your prayer requests, thoughts, insights and joyful thanksgivings with us by commenting on this post. Together, we support each other on our journey.

 

[Lectionary 310 ]

Take 3 minutes in prayer… Pause, Read, Reflect…

 

Pause:

Take a moment to center yourself. Focus on your breath. As you breathe in, recount one by one the good things of the week, no matter how big or small, bring them all to mind and recognize them as gift — blessings from a God who loves you and calls you His beloved.

 

Read:

Our Gospel today: MK 2:1-12

When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that he was at home. Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door, and he preached the word to them. They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to him, “Child, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves, “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?” Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves, so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth” –he said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.” He rose, picked up his mat at once,  and went away in the sight of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”

 

Reflect:

  • What is God speaking to me about through this Gospel?
  • Do I believe my sins can be forgiven?
  • Do I trust that God has truly forgiven me?

 

Final prayer:

Lord my God, thank you for forgiving me. Help me accept your gift of grace and live in a new way because of it.

-Amen.

 

Even online, we are a community — a family — united through prayer. Thank you for taking this time to pray with us. Feel free to share your prayer requests, thoughts, insights and joyful thanksgivings with us by commenting on this post. Together, we support each other on our journey.

 

[Lectionary 309 ]

Take 3 minutes in prayer… Pause, Read, Reflect…

 

Pause:

Take a moment to center yourself. Focus on your breath. As you breathe in, invite God in — His love, His goodness and all the gifts He has given you this day. As you breathe out, allow your stress, struggles, worries, anxieties and all things not rooted in God’s love to leave your body with each breath. (Repeat as needed)

 

Read:

Our Gospel today: MK 1:40-45

A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched the leper, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.” The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean. Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once. Then he said to him, “See that you tell no one anything, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.” The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter. He spread the report abroad so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly. He remained outside in deserted places, and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

 

Reflect:

  • What is God speaking to me about through this Gospel?
  • What do I need cleansing from in my life?
  • Do I share with others the blessings God has done for me and worked in my life.

 

Final prayer:

Lord my God, if you will it, cleanse my life.

-Amen.

 

Even online, we are a community — a family — united through prayer. Thank you for taking this time to pray with us. Feel free to share your prayer requests, thoughts, insights and joyful thanksgivings with us by commenting on this post. Together, we support each other on our journey.

 

[Lectionary 308 ]

Take 3 minutes in prayer… Pause, Read, Reflect…

 

Pause:

Take a moment to center yourself. Focus on your breath. As you breathe in, repeat the prayer, “Jesus I trust in You.” Allow the prayer to center yourself around God’s love — a love that is living, working, moving, and guiding us in all we do, every moment of every day.

 

Read:

Our Gospel today: MK 1:29-39

On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them. When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him. Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.” He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.” So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.

 

Reflect:

  • What is God speaking to me about through this Gospel?
  • Do I seek Jesus out and ask for His help with the problems and struggles in my life?
  • Where do I go to refresh and renew my relationship with God?

 

Final prayer:

Lord my God, thank you for your hand, always outstretched to help me up. Help me remember to come to you when I am in need, and not forget you when things are going well. Renew and refresh me every moment of every day.

-Amen.

 

Even online, we are a community — a family — united through prayer. Thank you for taking this time to pray with us. Feel free to share your prayer requests, thoughts, insights and joyful thanksgivings with us by commenting on this post. Together, we support each other on our journey.

 

[Lectionary 307 ]

Take 3 minutes in prayer… Pause, Read, Reflect…

 

Pause:

Take a moment to center yourself. Focus on your breath. As you breathe in, invite God in — His love, His goodness — and repeat the phrase, “I am beloved” — realizing with every breath God’s incredible love for you.

 

Read:

Our Gospel today: MK 1:21-28

Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers, and on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”  Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!” The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him. All were amazed and asked one another, “What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.” His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

 

Reflect:

  • What is God speaking to me about through this Gospel?
  • What teachings of Jesus astound me?
  • How do I respond to Jesus’ teachings?

 

Final prayer:

Lord my God, astound me with your love and help me spread your fame to everyone I meet.

-Amen.

 

Even online, we are a community — a family — united through prayer. Thank you for taking this time to pray with us. Feel free to share your prayer requests, thoughts, insights and joyful thanksgivings with us by commenting on this post. Together, we support each other on our journey.

 

[Lectionary 306 ]

Take 3 minutes in prayer… Pause, Read, Reflect…

 

Pause:

Take a moment to center yourself. Focus on your breath. As you breathe in, invite God in — His love, His goodness and all the gifts He has given you this day. As you breathe out, allow your stress, struggles, worries, anxieties and all things not rooted in God’s love to leave your body with each breath. (Repeat as needed)

 

Read:

Our Gospel today: MT 3:13-17

Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?” Jesus said to him in reply, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him. After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

 

Reflect:

  • What is God speaking to me about through this Gospel?
  • How would I feel if I were in John’s shoes?
  • How am I living my own Baptism?

 

Final prayer:

Help me live out my call to be priest, prophet and king, proclaiming your goodness through my very life.

-Amen.

 

Even online, we are a community — a family — united through prayer. Thank you for taking this time to pray with us. Feel free to share your prayer requests, thoughts, insights and joyful thanksgivings with us by commenting on this post. Together, we support each other on our journey.

 

[Lectionary 21 ]

Take 3 minutes in prayer… Pause, Read, Reflect…

 

Pause:

Take a moment to center yourself. Focus on your breath. As you breathe, call to mind the challenges of the past week — great or small. Think of the ones you overcame. Recognize God’s hand in the everyday.

 

Read:

Our Gospel today: JN 2:1-11

There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told them, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it. And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from (although the servers who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.

 

Reflect:

  • What is God speaking to me about through this Gospel?
  • How does God reveal His glory to me?

 

Final prayer:

Help me see your glory.

-Amen.

 

Even online, we are a community — a family — united through prayer. Thank you for taking this time to pray with us. Feel free to share your prayer requests, thoughts, insights and joyful thanksgivings with us by commenting on this post. Together, we support each other on our journey.

 

[Lectionary 210 ]

Take 3 minutes in prayer… Pause, Read, Reflect…

 

Pause:

Take a moment to center yourself. Focus on your breath. As you breathe in, recount one by one the good things of the week, no matter how big or small, bring them all to mind and recognize them as gift — blessings from a God who loves you and calls you His beloved.

 

Read:

Our Gospel today: MK 1:7-11

This is what John the Baptist proclaimed: “One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

 

Reflect:

  • What is God speaking to me about through this Gospel?
  • How do I prepare a path for others to find Jesus?

 

Final prayer:

Help me point others to You.

-Amen.

 

Even online, we are a community — a family — united through prayer. Thank you for taking this time to pray with us. Feel free to share your prayer requests, thoughts, insights and joyful thanksgivings with us by commenting on this post. Together, we support each other on our journey.

 

[Lectionary 209 ]

Take 3 minutes in prayer… Pause, Read, Reflect…

 

Pause:

Take a moment to center yourself. Focus on your breath. As you breathe in, invite God in — His love, His goodness and all the gifts He has given you this day. As you breathe out, allow your stress, struggles, worries, anxieties and all things not rooted in God’s love to leave your body with each breath. (Repeat as needed)

 

Read:

Our Gospel today: JN 1:43-51

Jesus decided to go to Galilee, and he found Philip. And Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him.” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

 

Reflect:

  • What is God speaking to me about through this Gospel?
  • Why do I believe?

 

Final prayer:

Help me know You more. Saint John Neumann, pray for us.

-Amen.

 

Even online, we are a community — a family — united through prayer. Thank you for taking this time to pray with us. Feel free to share your prayer requests, thoughts, insights and joyful thanksgivings with us by commenting on this post. Together, we support each other on our journey.

 

[Lectionary 208 ]

Take 3 minutes in prayer… Pause, Read, Reflect…

 

Pause:

Take a moment to center yourself. Focus on your breath. As you breathe in, repeat the prayer, “Jesus I trust in You.” Allow the prayer to center yourself around God’s love — a love that is living, working, moving, and guiding us in all we do, every moment of every day.

 

Read:

Our Gospel today: JN 1:35-42

John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah,” which is translated Christ. Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas,” which is translated Peter.

 

Reflect:

  • What is God speaking to me about through this Gospel?
  • When others point to God, am I willing to go where they point?
  • How does an encounter with the living God change me?

 

Final prayer:

Lord my God, Peter followed when you called, and in the following, his life, and even his name was changed. Change me so that my identity may be found in you.

-Amen.

 

Even online, we are a community — a family — united through prayer. Thank you for taking this time to pray with us. Feel free to share your prayer requests, thoughts, insights and joyful thanksgivings with us by commenting on this post. Together, we support each other on our journey.

 

[Lectionary 207 ]

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