Gospel of Matthew, Day 28 of 58
January 30 – Matthew 14:22-36
32When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshipped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.
Staying in the boat with Jesus is the only way to make it through turbulent waters.
Sometimes I overlook the importance of faithfulness. Yet, staying in the boat with you Jesus is the essence of my salvation.
Lord, sometimes we want to walk on water like you. Really, you are asking us to be faithful. Remind me to turn to you for miracles in my times of trial. Affirm for me that my faithfulness is enough for you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Gospel of Matthew Day 29 of 58
January 31 – Matthew 15:1-20
18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. 19 For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander.
It is easier to judge the sins of others on the exterior. Our intentions matter a lot to God, meaning what proceeds from our heart.
I am going to do a check on my conscience each day, and be mindful of my intentions.
Pattern of Examen from Ignatius of Loyola
- Acknowledge an awareness of God’s Presence.
- Review the day in a posture of gratitude.
- Recognize a “Consolation” and a “Desolation” from the day.
- Choose a “Desolation” to pray into.
- Look with hope for new tomorrow.
Lord, Jesus, help me check my intentions by examining my conscience each day. In your Holy Name I pray. Amen.