“That is why I kneel before the Father from Whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name; and I pray.” —Ephesians 3:14-16
Jesus is the second Person of the Trinity. The Trinity is the eternal, ultimate Holy Family. After His Incarnation, Jesus lived in another holy family with Mary and Joseph. Therefore, Jesus has high standards for family life. He calls families to be holy, sacramental signs of the Trinity as Family.
To make holy, Trinitarian families, Jesus:
  • lights “a fire on the earth” to purify families (Lk 12:49),
  • was baptized, that is, immersed in, the pain of His death on the cross (see Lk 12:50Mk 10:38),
  • surfaces the divisions in families in order to deal with them through forgiveness, repentance, and healing (see Lk 12:51ff),
  • dwells in the hearts of family members through faith (Eph 3:17),
  • enables us “to grasp fully, with all the holy ones, the breadth and length and height and depth of” His love (Eph 3:18), and
  • does “immeasurably more than we ask or imagine” (Eph 3:20).
Jesus is offering each of us the miracle of a holy, Trinitarian family. Accept His offer by accepting Him as Savior and Lord of your life and your family.
Prayer: Father, make my family a miracle and Your masterpiece.
Promise: “To Him Whose power now at work in us can do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine…” —Eph 3:20
Praise: St. Paul of the Cross and his Passionist priests have evangelized far beyond Italy. He had a special ministry to the sick, the dying, the lapsed, and the sinner needing reconciliation.

We do not know how to pray as we ought

Yet Paul himself was not exempt from such ignorance. When, to prevent him from becoming swollen-headed over the greatness of the revelations that had been given to him, he was given in addition a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet him, he asked the Lord three times to take it away from him. Surely that was not knowing to pray as he ought? For in the end he heard the Lord’s reply, telling him why even such a great saint’s prayer had to be refused: My grace is enough for you: my power is at its best in weakness.Perhaps you may still ask why St Paul said when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, since it is impossible that he or those to whom he wrote should not have known the Lord’s Prayer.
  So when we are suffering afflictions that might be doing us either good or harm, we do not to know how to pray as we ought. But because they are hard to endure and painful, because they are contrary to our nature (which is weak) we, like all mankind, pray to have our afflictions taken from us. At least, though, we owe this much respect to the Lord our God, that if he does not take our afflictions away we should not consider ourselves ignored and neglected, but should hope to gain some greater good through the patient acceptance of suffering. For my power is at its best in weakness.
  Scripture says this so that we should not be proud of ourselves if our prayer is heard, when we ask for something it would be better for us not to get; and so that we should not become utterly dejected if we are not given what we ask for, despairing of God’s mercy towards us: it might be that what we have been asking for could have brought us some still greater affliction, or it could have brought us the kind of good fortune that brings corruption and ruin. In such cases, it is clear that we cannot know how to pray as we ought.
  Hence if anything happens contrary to our prayer, we ought to bear the disappointment patiently, give thanks to God, and be sure that it was better for God’s will to be done than our own. The Mediator himself has given us an example of this. When he had prayed, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass me by, he transformed the human will that was in him because he had assumed human nature and added Nevertheless, let it be as you, not I, would have it. Thus, truly, By the obedience of one man many have been made righteous.


“Be on guard, therefore. The Son of Man will come when you least expect Him.” —Luke 12:40
When we expect the world to end and Jesus to come back at any time, we are:
  • on guard against the evil one (see Lk 12:401 Pt 5:8-9),
  • trying to be “faithful, farsighted” stewards for the Lord (Lk 12:42),
  • busy (Lk 12:43) showing our love for Jesus by feeding His sheep, that is, His people (see Jn 21:15-17Lk 12:42),
  • loving others rather than hurting them (see Lk 12:45), and
  • more likely to fight temptations and compulsions (see Lk 12:45).
When we expect Jesus to come back today, we live today probably much more faithfully than we would have otherwise.
Therefore, lift up your eyes to “see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with great power and glory” (Lk 21:27). Proclaim throughout the day: “Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.” Shout with the Christians of all times: “Maranatha!” (“Come, Lord Jesus!”) (1 Cor 16:22Rv 22:20) “See, He comes amid the clouds! Every eye shall see Him, even those who pierced Him” (Rv 1:7). Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!
Prayer: Jesus, as soon as possible “come again in glory to judge the living and the dead” (Nicene Creed).
Promise: “More will be asked of a man to whom more has been entrusted.” —Lk 12:48
Praise: The North American missionaries became martyrs by dying as they lived, with and for Christ.