Daily Reading and Prayer

December 2022

Dec 7

December 7, 2022

Mt 11:28-30   Traditionally, the Jewish image for the law is a yoke. The scribes and Pharisees have made the law burdensome. Jesus, the authoritative interpreter of God’s law, invites people to come to him. He will share their burden and show them that the law is life-giving.   May we all accept Jesus’ invitation, for he is...
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Dec 6

December 6, 2022

Mt 18:12-14 The Gospel connects directly to the end of the first reading from Isaiah. The image of Jesus as shepherd is one of the most endearing and meaningful. He loves every one of his sheep and will go to great lengths to bring those who stray back to the fold. We are his sheep, and he is our loving shepherd. I call to mind the beautiful...
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Dec 5

December 5, 2022

Lk 5:17-26   The friends of the man who is paralyzed have heard about Jesus’ healing power. They are determined to get to him as evidenced by the great lengths to which they go. Jesus sees their concern and their faith both of which evoke Jesus’ words of forgiveness followed by the man’s healing.   We pray for all...
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Dec 4

December 4, 2022

Mt 3:1-12   John’s manner and dress are reminiscent of the prophet Elijah. John is preparing the way for Jesus with particular attention to those Jews who will ultimately oppose Jesus. He baptizes those who have had a conversion of heart. John knows God’s will for him and acts on it with great humility.   Let us pray that...
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Dec 3

December 3, 2022

Mt 9:35—10:1, 5, 6-8   Jesus suffers with the people who wander alone. He looks to his disciples to labor with him in serving those in need. Jesus gives them his authority and instructs them to go to the Jewish people who are truly lost, shown by their criticism and rejection of God’s plan.   We pray for our Jewish sisters...
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Dec 2

December 2, 2022

Mt 9:27-32   Jesus gives sight to the blind. The two men call Jesus by a messianic title and then respond to his question about their belief in him with a faith-filled “yes.” They believe Jesus is the Son of God who has power over their infirmity.   Thank you, for all the times you have enlightened my eyes and my heart...
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Dec 1

December 1, 2022

Mt 7:21, 24-27   Jesus is telling his disciples about the relationship between word and action. It’s one thing to speak just to be heard but quite another to act in faith on the words spoken. It is the relationship between word and action that is important for a disciple to understand and to live by. This relationship builds that firm...
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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