1/16 – Matthew 9:14-17 – Is my joy and enthusiasm for the gospel ever growing or in need of refreshment? Prayer starter: Let our hearts, O Lord, be filled with the joy of your kingdom and with the bliss generated by the presence among us of Jesus the bridegroom.
1/17 – Matthew 9:18-38 – How can the attitude of Jesus toward the women help us overcome persisting prejudices in our Church? Prayer starter: Jesus, you were a free man and the true teacher of God’s way. Grant us your freedom and help us to fully acknowledge equal dignity and rights for men and women.
1/18 – Matthew 10:1-15 – How can I share the free gift of faith and the good news of Christ? Prayer starter: Lord of the harvest, we pray to you in the name of Jesus! Send more laborers into your harvest and enable us to be of their number.
1/19- Matthew 10:16-42 – How do I react when faith issues become divisive among family and friends? Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, you have spoken words of life and peace and yet you had to suffer persecution and death. Give us the strength to follow you on the path to everlasting life and joy.
1/20 – Matthew 11:1-30 – When struggling with questions about God, what did help me to recover peace and quiet? Prayer starter: We too, Lord, journey through the darkness of faith and experience inner struggles. Keep us in your love and in your peace.
1/21 – Matthew 12:1-32 – How can I better use my Sundays to accomplish deeds of compassion? Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, you teach us the true way to please God. Help us to be compassionate like you to every human being.
1/22 – Matthew 12:33-50 – Do I marvel at or do I keep objecting, like Jonah, to God’s unrestricted mercy? Prayer starter: We acclaim you, Lord Jesus. You are greater than Solomon and greater than Jonah. Blessed are you for your boundless wisdom and your infinite mercy.