12/26 – Luke 11:1-4 – How can I learn more about prayer and go deeper into its practice? Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, teach us to pray and give us the willingness to learn. Help us to always remain aware of God’s loving presence and be ever prepared to hear his word and respond.
12/27 – Luke 11:1-14 – Am I eager to learn more about prayer, and what will I do to better appropriate Jesus’ teaching on prayer? Prayer starter: Day by day, Lord, you keep giving us what we need and even more, so that we can live as true children of your kingdom. Grant us the joy to see your kingdom, one day at a time.
12/28 – Matthew 1:1-18 – How important for me is the understanding of Jesus’ background and incarnation in history? Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, I believe that you made human history start anew and come to its fullness when you were born of the Virgin Mary.
12/29 – Matthew 1:18-25 – Where did I find comfort and peace whenever disconcerted by God’s plans? Prayer starter: Your ways, O Lord, are unpredictable and they changed Mary’s and Joseph’s lives completely. Teach us to trust in your word as they did so that we may welcome the good news of Christ.
12/30 – Matthew 2:1-12 – How can I acknowledge and be enriched by true faith among other religious denominations? Prayer starter: We praise you, Lord, for the light of salvation shining into the world through Jesus Christ, and lighting up the lives of all those who seek you with sincere hearts.
12/31 – Matthew 2:13-23 – How can I being relief and hope to people who suffer religious persecution? Prayer starter: Christ Jesus, hear the cry of so many innocent victims of hatred and religious intolerance, and make us channels of your gospel of love.
1/1 – Matthew 3:1-12 – Am I willing to listen to the Gospel as good news and as a challenging message? Prayer starter: You have never failed, O Lord, to send your prophets to the world. Help us discover the good news they bear in your name and listen to their call to conversion.