What problems do you have right now? Using the scriptures of Sirach 24, Psalm 147, Ephesians 1:3-6, and the Gospel of John 1:1-8, listen to Jesus speaking to you about your problems, lifting you up, giving you his victory and healing.
In the Liturgy of the Word at Mass when the scriptures are read, Jesus comes to us as the Word. Since Catholicism is a bible-based Church, our Sunday liturgies give us four readings to ponder (and three on weekdays).
Jesus is speaking to us! This is why readers of the Word have the duty to proclaim the scriptures well. Jesus is speaking to us! This is why we have the duty to listen well. And if a word or phrase sends your mind wandering, seek Jesus in that, too, for he might be speaking to you on a personal level.
What problem is on your mind? Jesus wants to speak to you about this. He wants to give you victory over it. He wants to breathe new life into it. We’ve created this video meditation so you can hear the voice of Jesus speaking to you.
Come to the Marian Shrine at Good News Ministries in Tampa through this video. Entrust your prayers to Jesus through the loving partnership of Mary, our Blessed Mother. Use this video and the music in it as a background for your Christian meditations while you watch the candle burn down.
The songs “Hail Mary” and “Magnificat” were written and performed by Elyse O’Kane from her CD “With All My Heart” (please visit http://elyseokane.com); used by permission.
A prayer to contemplate becoming closer with God through the gifts of the Holy Spirit! The text to this prayer is also available at http://gnm.org/holy-spirit/ and can be requested as a PDF download.
Pray for world peace with the staff of Good News Ministries (gnm.org) using the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. This rosary meditates on the annunciation, visitation, birth of Christ, the presentation of the baby Jesus, and finding the boy Jesus in the temple. Meditations include quotes or prayers by popes, including:
THE ROSARY AS A WEAPON OF PEACE, by Pope John Paul II.
PRAYER FOR PEACE by Pope John Paul II.
PRAYER FOR PEACE by Pope Paul VI.
PRAYER FOR PEACE by Pope John XXIII.
PRAYER OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Quote from “PACEM IN TERRIS” by Pope John XXIII.
The text for this rosary is available on our website at http://gnm.org/prayers/peacerosary
Speak to Me, My precious one! Tell Me about those who are closest to you, the sorrows they cause you, and your fears for them. How would you like Me to help them? And what about the people who have alienated themselves from you? Tell Me how they have hurt you. Tell Me you forgive them, so that I may heal your pain. Ask for wisdom and understanding in dealing with difficult people—the family member, the neighbor, the co-worker—and I will be generous in giving you insights.
(Complete text for this video is at http://wordbytes.org/prayers/conversa…)
Tell Me about the sick people you know, those who are suffering from physical ills. Tell Me about those who are suffering from mental anguish. Tell Me about the sinners you would like to see converted. I care about them even more than you do.
Speak now of yourself, my wonderful friend. What are the needs of your soul? …
Tell Me about your plans. What goals have you set? What goals would you like to set? …
What about the joys in your life?
Tell Me what has made you happy, what has consoled you, what has helped you. …
My precious friend, I long to hear your promises. … I will take your promises, secure them with My Love, and intercede to our Father for the graces you need to fulfill them….
Now let Me fill you. I fill you with My Love. I fill you with My forgiveness. I fill you with My generosity. I fill you with My gifts. I fill you with My strength….
THIS MEDITATION CONCLUDES WITH A SONG FROM THE RCIA RITE, “THE SIGNING OF THE SENSES”.
Does Jesus seem absent? He’s not! “Listen to Jesus, listen with your heart.” What breakthrough from earthly limitations and inadequacies are you yearning for? What problems seem hopeless? What prayers are still unanswered? In frustration and fear, we feel like we’re on the outside looking in at the abundances that other sheep have.
What talents would you like to use, but for which there’s been no opportunity? What calling has God given you, in which others have shut the door on you? Jesus is your open gate. He will give you new opportunities that you cannot even imagine now.
When a holy desire seems to have no outlet, instead of complaining or quitting, we must look for the gate that Jesus is opening. The thieves that come to steal and slaughter can only grab us when we take our eyes off of Jesus. And remember, they’re not as powerful as they pretend to be. They do not speak the truth.
Keep your eyes on Jesus, little lamb, and listen…..
Performed by Robert Metivier. Photos by Terry Modica.