Week 1 — Jesus
"Jesus told him: 'I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.' " —John 14:6
"Jesus said to him: 'You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul, and with all your mind.' " —Mt 22:37
Jesus: Brother/sister, I love you more than you can ever know. I love you more than you love yourself, more than the combined love of all who have ever loved you. I love you as much as I love My mother, Mary. I love you now and forever.
Disciple: "My Lord and my God!" (Jn 20:28)
Respond by renewing your baptismal promises. Renounce Satan, all his works, and all his empty promises. Profess your faith in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
"There is no greater love than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." —Jn 15:13
Jesus: I have shed My blood for you. For just a moment, look at My crucified face and see the blood, at My racked body and see the blood, and at My broken heart and see the blood.
Disciple: Jesus, I have a hard time believing in Your unconditional love. Convict me of sin. By Your blood cleanse me.
Respond by going to Confession as soon as possible.
"With age-old love I have loved you; so I have kept My mercy toward you." —Jer 31:3
Jesus: I became a human being so I could touch you and let you touch Me. I love you and I always will. Even if you choose to separate yourself from Me, I will always love you, even if you commit a grievous sin.
Disciple: Jesus, You gave Your life for me; I give my life to You one hundred percent. Change my life in these coming weeks.
Respond by saying Jesus' name.
"He Who consecrates and those who are consecrated have one and the same Father. Therefore He is not ashamed to call them brothers." —Heb 2:11
Jesus: You really are in My family. I planned it that way. I tell everyone you're My family. I'm proud of you.
Disciple: Jesus, every day You surprise me.
Respond; sing a song personally to Jesus.
"God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him." —1 Jn 4:16
Jesus: I am not only your Brother, Lord, and Savior, but also God. I AM.
Respond by kneeling down before Him.
"Then Jesus, uttering a loud cry, breathed His last." —Mk 15:37
Jesus: I always love Fridays, the day I died for you. It's both the anniversary of My death and your birthday. I want today to be a "Good Friday" for you. "Live on in My love" (Jn 15:9).
Disciple: Jesus, break the chains that keep me apart from You.
Respond by asking the Father how He would like you to fast.
"Then we, the living, the survivors, will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thenceforth we shall be with the Lord unceasingly." —1 Thes 4:17
Jesus: Wait till you see all those people coming out of their graves! I hope you're driving by a cemetery when I return. It will be an unforgettable experience.
Believer: Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus.
Thank Him by shouting "Maranatha" as loudly as you can.
Excerpts from Scripture are taken from The New American Bible, copyright 1970 by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C., and are used by permission of the copyright holder. All rights reserved.
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert J. Buschmiller, July 13, 1995.
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati, July 25, 1995.
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