Daily Reading and Prayer

November 2017

Nov 30

November 30, 2017

Matthew 4:18-22 Jesus comes on his first disciples while they are engaged in their work. He calls them, and without hesitation, preparation, or goodbyes to family, they follow. They will share in Jesus’ mission as “fishers of men.” Make my faith strong, my hope unshakable, and my love generous and unconditional. This content...
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Nov 29

November 29, 2017

Luke 21: 12-19 Jesus tells his disciples that they will endure persecution and betrayal even at the hands of their relatives. At the time of trial, they are not to worry about what to say, for the Spirit will fill them with wisdom. Though they suffer, their spirits will be protected if they persevere. Like a parent who reassures the child in his...
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Nov 28

November 28, 2017

Luke 21:5-11 Jesus parallels the fall of the temple with the end of the world. The disciple’s questions rise out of fear, and that fear makes them vulnerable to messengers with false messages. He tells them that though the destruction is inevitable, they must not waste time trying to determine when it will happen. I cannot help but think...
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Nov 27

November 27, 2017

Luke 21:1-4 Jesus contrasts what seems an insignificant offering of the poor widow with the abundant offering of the wealthy. He does so in a way that offers a possibility for those who really listen to think about giving in a new way. Though the widow’s tithe is small, her generosity is great.  She gives all she has, trusting...
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Nov 26

November 26, 2017

Matthew 25:31-46 Matthew’s depiction of the last judgment is certainly challenging, if not frightening, yet it is nothing that Jesus has not taught before. All people will be judged on how they cared for the “least.” In the context of the other readings on this Solemnity, there is the reminder that the Lord is a shepherd who...
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Nov 25

November 25, 2017

Luke 20:27-40 This passage from Luke’s gospel has another group challenging Jesus. The Sadducees are wealthy leaders, more conservative in their interpretations of the law. They challenge Jesus about the resurrection in the hope of pulling from him an answer more in line with their beliefs. Jesus does not respond as they hoped but makes...
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Nov 24

November 24, 2017

Luke 19:45-48 Jesus’ anger is not about the sale of animals for sacrifice but about the misuse of power. The merchants are selling the animals at inflated prices beyond the means of the worshipers. The words Jesus speaks while driving out the merchants carry a double meaning about the physical destruction of the temple and about his own...
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Nov 23

November 23, 2017

Luke 17:11-19 Aware of Jesus’ compassion and power to heal, the lepers shout to him from a distance. Once cured they go off to the high priest for the ritual cleansing that will restore them to the community. Only one, a Samaritan, acknowledges what has been done for him and returns to Jesus to thank him. I pray for a constant attitude of...
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Nov 22

November 22, 2017

Luke 19:11-28 Just as the servants are not to preserve the status quo by putting the coins away without investing, the disciples are not to sit around idly waiting Jesus’ return. Rather they are to intensify their work in preparation for the coming of the Kingdom. Today we pray for all who teach and lead us in sung prayer. St. Cecilia,...
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Nov 21

November 21, 2017

Luke 19:1-10 As a “chief tax collector” Zacchaeus is likely seen by the Jewish leaders as one who bears responsibility for the dishonesty of all of his workers. Yet his actions and words reveal a man who is genuine, willing to do whatever it takes to see, to know, and to believe. Zacchaeus was not afraid to profess his faith in word...
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Nov 20

November 20, 2017

Luke 18:35-43 The disciples are trying to keep the blind man from bothering Jesus. As with other encounters with those who are outcast and insignificant, Jesus asks that he be brought to him. The man is not asking for alms but for healing. His faith is evident, and Jesus heals him. As I cannot imagine what it must be like to be physically blind,...
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A spiritual reflection on the daily readings that help cultivate a pattern of daily prayer and a deepening relationship with God