Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Matthew 24:42-51 - Memorial of St. Monica
In word and deed, plus fervent prayer, St. Monica desired the conversion of her son, St. Augustine. Our role as mothers is to sew the truths of our faith into our children’s hearts. When I had children in our home, I began each day by lighting a candle, then singing with my wee ones, “This Is the Day...” Their eyes would dance with wonder and delight as they waited for their turn to blow out the candle. Teach your children to know Jesus, to love Jesus, and to serve Jesus. Teach your children to put their faith in Him alone.
I have often pondered today’s gospel. For years I would often wonder if I will make it to heaven, or will I be left behind? How can I know if Jesus loves me? My mind was often flooded with doubts. There was no backspace button for life!
Then one day the question was posed, “How will I know if I am going to heaven?” A wise old man shared the answer. “If you are following Jesus today, you will follow Him tomorrow and if you are following Him tomorrow, you will follow Him the next day.” My wave of doubt dispersed.
God will light a candle of love to burn in your heart each day as you follow Him. He will ready your hearts to one day meet Him face to face. Enkindle the flame by frequenting the sacraments. Celebrate big each day the Lord has made. Never give up on praying for your children’s conversions. One day we will be invited to sit at the wedding feast of the Lamb. It is reservations only, so RSVP. Now is the time to follow Him. Then do it again tomorrow.
Are you really trying to follow Jesus today? Will you follow Him tomorrow?
Dear Jesus, You are preparing a banquet for us in heaven. Let us daily ready ourselves to meet You face to face, put our trust in You alone, and teach our children to do the same.
Copyright 2020 Ellen Mongan
About the Author
Ellen Mongan, a Catholic writer and speaker, has been married more than 40 years to Deacon Pat Mongan. They have 7 children and 12 grandchildren. Ellen is a host of WOW Radio Podcasts, a religious columnist for the Augusta Chronicle, and has spoken on both radio and television. She is the founder of Sisters in Christ, Little Pink Dress Ministry, and Women-Fests.