Seek what is above.
Today’s gospel reading (March 17, 2019) is the account of Jesus taking Peter, John, and James up a mountain and being transfigured before their eyes.
“While he was praying his face changed in appearance
and his clothing became dazzling white.
The topic for our reflection this week is how we are victorious as we keep our eyes on Christ. As we lift our eyes from ourselves and our circumstances and seek what is above, we remember what we are for – or more accurately – Who we are for and Who is for us!
The scripture passage from Colossians that we chose to focus our audio conversation on this week is jam packed and gives us much to pray and reflect on. We look forward to hearing your insights and inspirations in the comments at the bottom of the page. You can also share on our Facebook page.
Remember to be on the lookout every day for the seemingly small victories. Our ‘yardstick’ for measuring these small victories is the fruit of the Spirit. Notice how His grace enables you to shift your gaze from your frustration to His peace. Notice your joy-filled heart as you gratefully speak His name throughout the day. These are victories to be acknowledged and celebrated!
– Monday –
The scripture verses for this week’s study come from Colossians. Below are just the first 4 verses. In our audio conversation below, Laura reads the entire passage, which is Colossians 3:1-17, with the omission of verses 5 through 11. Listen to the recording to learn why!
So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above,
where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth,
for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ who is your[a] life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
– Colossians 13:1-17 [5-11 omitted]
Listen to Laura & De reflect on today’s topic:
– Wednesday & Thursday –
The “Radiating Christ” prayer below, written by Cardinal Newman, was prayed everyday by St. Teresa of Calcutta. For our expressive art work this week, we’ve laid the prayer out on a blank page, ready for us to decorate. Specifically, to make “LIGHT” on the paper, representing the Light of Christ. Hang your prayer where it can become part of your morning prayer routine. Snap a picture and share with us on Facebook or in the comments below.
- Radiating Christ prayer, either printed from this page or handwritten on own. Click on the image of the prayer below to print it. There are two versions below, one with and one without simple graphics around the edges.
- art materials for decorating; suggested are gel pens, metallic markers or colored pencils, glitter glue
Instructions: Decorate your copy of Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s prayer in anyway that speaks to you of the radiance of Christ. Place in a location where you can make it a part of your daily prayer routine.
– Friday & Saturday –
One way to keep our eyes focused on Christ is to look for Him in one another. Often when we shift our focus from our struggles and pain to another’s we receive healing, peace, and comfort as well. Performing works of mercy such as praying, offering sacrifices, spending time or preparing a meal for those in need distracts us from our own worries and let’s Christ’s love radiate through us into the darkness of other’s. This week spend a few minutes creating a spiritual bouquet card for a friend. Print one below or create your own; a simple note or greeting card works well too. Let your friend know that you are praying for her and remind her to keep her eyes fixed on Jesus.
Click the bouquet to print.
Example of a completed bouquet:
- Tell us about the small victory you are claiming this week.
- How is the Lord speaking to your heart through the verses in Colossians 3?
- Other sharing or comments are welcome too!
Dear Jesus, Thank you for the gift of my Catholic faith. Through the traditions, teachings, sacraments, and sacramentals, You give me so many ways to keep my gaze fixed on You and what is above. My deepest desire is to stay on the path that leads me home to Heaven. As I practice fixing my eyes on You, continue to shower me with grace so that more and more I may radiate Your love to all those I meet. In Your most holy name, I pray. Amen.