MONDAY (May 4, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42)
“For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2:19–21)
Suffering in and of itself is no virtue. However, there will be suffering in this life. There will be persecution for those who live under the cross. But we are never alone in this suffering and persecution. Christ is the One who suffered all in body and soul—and He suffered unjustly for our sakes. We need not fear. Christ, the suffering One is our balm in times of trial, and He will never leave or forsake us.
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Heavenly Father, bless Diane with faith in you and fervent love toward all those who cross her path this day. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)
Almighty God, merciful Father, since You have wakened from death the Shepherd of Your sheep, grant us Your Holy Spirit that when we hear the voice of our Shepherd we may know Him who calls us each by name and follow where He leads; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever