Matthew - a journey through MatthewHi!  I’m Melina, homeschooling mother of 11 and Grandmelina to 2!

Dear Jesus, I come before you today.  Open my heart and my mind as I read Matthew. Help me to understand what You are trying to say to me, and to see what You are trying to show me.  I love You.


Find Matthew 12 online here.

It is mercy I desire and not sacrifice.

Matthew 12:7

Sometimes we are burdened by the laws of the Church and even by the busy-ness of doing things for God.  We need to remember WHY we are doing these things and WHY the Church asks certain things of us.  The fruit of sacrifice should be mercy, and if it is not it is a good indication that WE are doing something wrong.  ALWAYS we need to pray to have the heart of Jesus.  When we are changed inside, our actions will reflect that change – MERCY.

The mouth speaks whatever fills the mind.  A good man produces good from his store of goodness, and evil man produces evil from his evil store.

Matthew 12:34-35

Have you ever met someone who recently fell in love?  The person they love is all they talk about, because that is what is filling their mind.  Same thing with someone with a passion.  And if your passion is Jesus Christ, He will fill your mind and you will speak of Him.

I had recently allowed bitterness to fill my heart, and I realized just how much it had when my words, and facial expressions, were very negative and filled with anger.  It surprised me just how much it had consumed me, and I decided it was time to make a change.

My challenge is to pray all 20 mysteries of the rosary as often as possible to change my thoughts, and as a result, my words.  This is something I was doing several times a week, but I find I haven’t been doing it as often lately, and I’m noticing the difference in me.  Prayer, meditation and contemplation is a sure path to healing and happiness.

YOUR TURN:  Read Matthew 12 and listen with your heart to what God’s Spirit is saying to you.  Then write down what you hear and feel, or what stands out for you in your journal.  You will enjoy being able to see God at work in your life.  If you’re unsure what to write, you can follow the method listed below.

ABC BIBLE SHARING:  A great way to read your scriptures.  Follow the ABC Bible Sharing Method here.

PRAYER:  Thank you God for sending Your Son, Jesus, to lead us and guide us in the Gospels close to Your loving heart.  Help me to listen to Your Word with my heart and allow Your Word to draw me closer to You.  Amen.