Hooked on Jesus

 “Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me;
and whoever welcomes me isn’t actually welcoming me
but rather the one who sent me.”  Mark 9:37

The disciples begin to argue about is greatest among Jesus’s group. “Me first!” . . . Can’t you just hear them arguing? What a thing to compete about—being “Number One” among Jesus’s friends!

Jesus comes upon them, seeking to their change their attitude. He picks up a child and lifts the child into the center of the circle, saying that this little one is more important than all the big people’s places of honor.

What makes children, such as you, so important, is that Jesus wants young people to get to know and love him and his Father and the Holy Spirit before other worldly interests draw them away. That’s why these daily messages to you are so important to me. If you get “hooked on Jesus,” at an early age, how wonderful to think about how the rest of your life will be so much more happy as you become closer and closer to Jesus!

Mark 9:33-37

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
“Welcome children—welcome Me.” v. 37
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the last week in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Fridays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
We read the Gospel of Mark in Year B.

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

Patching Things Up

We are happy when we are weak but you are strong.
We pray for this: that you will be made complete.

2 Corinthians 13:9

Do you have a good pair of pants that has a hole in them? Perhaps your mom has ironed on a patch for them, trying to match the same color. They might not any longer be your best pants, but they can most likely continue to be used.

There’s a word in the Greek language that St. Paul uses to talk about the completeness in the body of the church in Corinth. Like a pair of pants that have holes in them through wrongdoing and sin, Paul wants to have the church be complete again, sealing the holes and the gaps in the community through repentance and love for one another. That Greek word is also the same word that the Gospel writers use when Jesus approaches the first disciples as they are mending their nets—making them complete. Soon they will find out that there will be new nets and new fish—a whole new community of people who are caught up in the net of Jesus’s love.

Are you called to “patch things up” between you and a friend with whom you might be feeling badly? Just open yourself right now to Jesus coming close to you and watch how Jesus’s love will heal the torn parts of your friendship. Unlike your clothes that are not the best anymore because of the patch, when God comes in to make torn relationships whole again, the bond is better than ever!

Ask Jesus to give you a desire to have things right with all the people in your life.

2 Corinthians 13:3-9

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Mended, healed and whole in You v. 9
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.

This is the last week in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
In this season we read 2 Corinthians.

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

New Beginnings


But I would feed you with the finest wheat.
I would satisfy you with honey from the rock. Psalm 81:16

When we think of the reading of yesterday about King Ahab and Queen Jezebel and how wicked they were, let’s take today’s Psalm and pray it for ourselves and others, that we follow along the paths of life that God has shown us.

The prayer is a very musical and even noisy one, with all the musical instruments to be played. Sometimes it is very helpful to be quiet when we pray; at other times, making music and even banging things together can be a way of praising God. From silence to lots of noise, we dedicate the sounds we make to love and serve God. Think of all the loud music of the world that is made; wouldn’t it be right to let God have some of that attention?

This is a psalm that Jewish people pray at their New Year in the autumn and at other festivals. It’s a good psalm to pray as the school year begins right about now. It’s all about how to live when new beginnings take place in our lives.

Psalm 81

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
You feed with the finest wheat. v. 16
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the last week in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Wednesdays are dedicated the Psalms.

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…