Monday, 5th Week in Ordinary Time—Year II
- The ark held God’s words written in stone, while Jesus is the Word of God enfleshed.
- God’s ark was too holy to safely touch, but the Incarnation allows Jesus’ healing touch.
- The temple’s glory was great but passing, as this life’s joys and pains will be surpassed.
Petitions: Loving Reverence, Hope, The Sick
Tuesday, 5th Week in Ordinary Time—Year II
- It is good to dedicate buildings and possessions to God, but he loves true hearts more.
- The Lord who provides homes for the swallows wishes the elderly to be lovingly cared for.
- Those who hate God attack Christ’s Church and his disciples.
Petitions: The Parish, Moms and Dads, Right Priorities
Wednesday, 5th Week in Ordinary Time—Year II
- Solomon did not reject the Queen of Sheba as unclean in his sight, but dined with her.
- Sheba’s Queen notes seven glories of Solomon, while Jesus notes thirteen evils of man.
- Solomon’s greatest possession, his inner wisdom, was God’s gift. (1 Kings 3)
Petitions: Wisdom, Strangers and Guests, Pure Hearts
Thursday, 5th Week in Ordinary Time—Year II
- The Lord distained the nations, for “they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons.”
- A woman’s love can lead a man’s heart to do good (as with Jesus) or evil (like Solomon.)
- Our Lord always keeps his word and promises, “for he cannot deny himself.” (2 Timothy 2:12-13)
Petitions: Christian Fidelity, Unconverted Nations, Pro-Life
Friday, 5th Week in Ordinary Time—Year II
- Jesus and Ahijah led their charges aside to open their ears with God’s effective word.
- Both used tangible signs (in addition to words) to help others “walk in [God’s] ways.”
- Is seems that Jeroboam did not keep his secret either, for Solomon sought his life. (1 Kings 11:40)
Petitions: Christian Reunion, Sacraments, Keeping Confidences