This week, we can go from hearing these wonderful readings to listening to Jesus with our hearts. It is great to begin this week asking for the grace to reflect throughout the day on how we will enter "the narrow gate", by how we go about our day, interact with people, or return home from work. Then we can reflect on how we can humble ourselves and what that means for our day to day choices.
Today (Monday) is the Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle, with its own special readings, from Revelation and John's Gospel. Thursday is the Memorial of Saint Monica. On Friday we remember Monica's son Saint Augustine, bishop and doctor of the Church. Saturday is the Memorial of the Martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist, with the story of John's beheading, from Mark's Gospel.
We could ask for the grace to go deeper than the externals and rules and get to the heart of our faith - loving others with the same compassion and love that Jesus shows us.
We can begin each day praying
"Lord, help me humble myself today, put myself last in caring for my family, in doing my job with a more selfless sense of service.
Help me forgive people who aren't performing well or behaving well.
Help me see the way You give me life in this surrender, in this freedom to spend brief moments today in talking with You, friend-to-Friend, in heart-felt connection with You, for others."