Daily Reading and Prayer

October 2020

Oct 22

October 22, 2020

Lk 12:49-53 Jesus words in Luke’s Gospel are alarming. Being a disciple is not easy, the words of the Gospel challenging. Some will accept Jesus’ teaching, some will not. Following him may bring disagreement, even division in families. I pray today for families with all their challenges and struggles. May they see through the lure...
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Oct 21

October 21, 2020

Lk 12:39-48 Jesus tells his disciples that they must be in constant readiness for the coming of the Son of Man. His sayings and the parable of the servants emphasize that point. They are entrusted with God’s work. Rather than wasting their time with worldly things and selfish pleasure, the must be vigilant and faithful. Lord, you know me....
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Oct 20

October 20, 2020

Lk 12:35-38 Jesus tells his disciples through a series of sayings to get ready and remain ready for his return. God’s coming is certain though the timing is not. It is better to be actively vigilant every moment of every day like a good and faithful servant. This has been such a difficult year. One that brings the end times to mind. I am...
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Oct 19

October 19, 2020

Lk 12:13-21   What is important? Neither the man who posed the question about inheritance nor the rich fool in the parable Jesus tells understand. Earthly goods are not important considering the riches that God provides those who believe in him.   “Shrouds don’t have pockets” is a humorous adage but oh so true. Teach...
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Oct 18

October 18, 2020

Mt 22:15-21 The controversies resume after three parables directed at Jesus’ opponents. Their approach seems sincere but is in fact hypocritical as it is a means to trap Jesus. He eludes their trap by saying that taxes should be paid if they remember that which is even more important, their debt to God. Strengthen our leaders, Church and...
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Oct 17

October 17, 2020

Lk 12:8-12 Jesus and the Father are one. To accept one is to accept both. To deny one is to deny both. Jesus tells his disciples not to be afraid if they are challenged and persecuted. The Holy Spirit will be with them when they are called to defend their faith. Spirit of the Living God, even in the darkest and most challenging times I feel your...
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Oct 16

October 16, 2020

Lk 12:1-7 There will be no secrets on the day of judgment. Everything, including the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, will be revealed before God. Jesus reinforces that point with sayings about exposure to daylight and announcements made from rooftops. He encourages the disciples to live their faith honestly and openly without fear. What a fool I am...
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Oct 15

October 15, 2020

Lk 11:47-54   Jesus reminds the Jewish leaders that they are as responsible, as their ancestors, for spilling the blood of God’s messengers, the prophets. This angers them even more. We begin to sense that what was an undercurrent of hostility is building in intensity. We know this does not stop Jesus. I pray for your courage, Jesus,...
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Oct 14

October 14, 2020

Lk 11:42-46   Jesus rails against the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. They offer tithes not to serve the poor but to mask injustice and their lack of charity. He accuses the lawyers of using God’s law to oppress and abuse the people. You have called me to your holy work, Lord. Help me to do what is right and just and to stand against...
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Oct 13

October 13, 2020

Lk 11:37-41 It becomes obvious that there is an ulterior motive to the invitation extended to Jesus by the Pharisees. Jesus’ response to his host’s criticism of his seeming neglect of the appropriate ritual practice is an outright condemnation of the hypocrisy. I know that there are thoughts of my heart that are not of you and when...
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Oct 12

October 12, 2020

Lk 11:29-32 Jesus responds to those asking for signs. There have been signs before. Jesus cites stories familiar to the listeners. And now the greatest and final messenger stands before them, but they do not listen. Jesus’ message is a message of salvation, if only the people would heed it.   Show me the way to be instrumental in this...
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Oct 11

October 11, 2020

Mt 22:1-14 Jesus’ portrayal as an authoritative teacher throughout Matthew’s Gospel raises the ire of the religious leaders. This parable is one of many ways Jesus teaches about the kingdom of God, and at the same time, responds to and challenges the religious leaders’ rejection of the invitees, the prophets, John the Baptist...
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Oct 10

October 10, 2020

Lk 11:27-28 To be truly blessed has more to do with spiritual relationship with God then physical. In this very brief passage from Luke’s Gospel, we receive a powerful message about Mary’s discipleship as it relates to our own. For Mary, hearing the word of God and keeping it is what is far more significant than her physically being...
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Oct 9

October 9, 2020

Lk 11:15-26 Some of the people who witnessed Jesus casting out a devil are amazed, and yet others are closed to the truth about the source of Jesus’ power. They accuse him of being in partnership with the devil. Others still ask for a sign as proof of his power. Jesus rebukes them by telling them that their division will be their undoing....
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Oct 8

October 8, 2020

Lk 11:5-13 Jesus’ sayings about the absolute value of perseverance in prayer seem to break open the meaning of the story of the persistent midnight visitor. Jesus is telling his disciples not only to pray without ceasing but to realize that God always answers their prayers, though not always in the way they expect. I know you want what is...
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Oct 7

October 7, 2020

Lk 11:1-4 Through Jesus’ example, the disciples know the importance of prayer in maintaining right relationship with the Father. Jesus provides them with a specific pattern for their prayer. They are to begin by glorifying God and affirming God’s majesty. Then they ask for their needs, with particular attention to forgiveness.  ...
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Oct 6

October 6, 2020

Lk 10:38-42 This is the story of two sisters, one sister intent upon serving their guest and the other intent upon listening to their guest. The work of each is good and valuable. In a sense, Martha and Mary need each other. In order to serve the Lord, one must first listen to God’s Word. You know me better than I know myself. My busyness...
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Oct 5

October 5, 2020

Lk 10:25-37 It seems this learned man had no idea where his attempting to test Jesus and then justify his standing in the eyes of God would go. The question posed by the lawyer to Jesus implies that there are those not considered neighbors. Jesus’ reply through the parable reverses the thinking. Every person is neighbor. Who isn’t my...
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Oct 4

October 4, 2020

Mt 21:33-43 The servants are sent out to the vineyard, but all meet a terrible fate. If the owner sends his son, perhaps he will be treated with respect. That is not the case. Neither the prophets nor the son of God is embraced by the Jewish leaders. Just as the owner punishes the tenants, God will punish the chief priests and elders by denying...
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Oct 3

October 3, 2020

Lk 10:17-24 Jesus shares in his disciple’s exuberance but reminds them that their power must not be self-serving. They are participating in Jesus’ ministry which is reason enough for their joyful response. In response, Jesus turns to his Father in prayer, offering praise and thanksgiving for the disciple’s successful mission....
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Oct 2

October 2, 2020

Mt 18:1-5, 10 In the society of Jesus’ time, children had no status. They depended entirely upon their parents to care for them and meet their needs. It is that dependence that Jesus is emphasizing, dependence upon God. In God’s eyes, no one person is greater than another. We are all equally loved and cared for if we but turn to God...
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Oct 1

October 1, 2020

Lk 10:1-12 In Luke’s Gospel, a second group of disciples is sent out. Jesus instructs them to travel lightly and in pairs. They are to share the Good News, heal the sick, preparing the way for Jesus’ arrival. If they are unwelcome, they are to shake it off and move on. How can anyone turn their backs on all you offer? Your love,...
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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