1/2 – Matthew 3:13-17 – How can I better live my baptismal commitment as a call to serve? Prayer starter: Lord, you have made us your children through our baptism in Christ and in the Holy Spirit. May you be well pleased in all that we do.
1/3 – Matthew 4:1-11 – how does the word of God help me cope with the various trials and temptations in life? Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, we praise you and we thank you for your faithfulness to God and for showing us the way to be victorious over the tempter.
1/4 – Matthew 4:12-25 – What have I left behind for the sake of the kingdom and of Jesus’ Gospel? Prayer starter: Blessed are you, Lord Jesus, proclaimer of God’s Kingdom. Blessed are those who follow you and treasure the Good News.
1/5- Matthew 5:1-12 – Which beatitude best describes my quest for happiness and which one calls for greater attention? Prayer starter: Lord, you are the one who cares most about our happiness. Keep guiding us, from day to day, on the road to blessedness and to lasting joy.
1/6 – Matthew 5:13-16 – How can I make my life better reflect the taste and the light of the gospel? Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, let your passion for life and your compassion for people transfigure my life so as to enflame and illuminate the world.
1/7 – Matthew 5:17-48 – Where do I stand with regard to reading the Old Testament? More on the side of abolishing or of fulfilling? Prayer starter: You have come, Lord Jesus, to build bridges not barriers. Help us to share your respect for ancient Scriptures and to keep our hearts open to the newness of your word.
1/8 – Matthew 6:1-8,16-18 – How do I fare in the practice of almsgiving, prayer, and fasting the way ]esus taught? Prayer starter: Heavenly Father, make me discover the joys of finding you in the quiet and in the secret, in a heart to heart conversation with you.