Daily Reading and Prayer

September 2021

Sep 26

September 26, 2021

Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 Jesus confronts the disciple’s pettiness. He tells them anyone who performs great works in his name is worthy. He then goes on to address that which separates them from him and his mission, specifically the sinful behavior which leads them and others away from him. I pray today to be able to not only name and claim...
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Sep 25

September 25, 2021

Lk 9:43-45 Jesus wants his disciples to pay attention to what he is telling them. It seems they are so in awe of Jesus’ marvelous deeds that they don’t understand the importance of what he is saying, for him and for them. It is a blessing to know the whole story but my human weakness keeps me from living as one who understands what...
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Sep 24

September 24, 2021

Lk 9:18-22 In yesterday’s Gospel, there is great curiosity about Jesus, particularly on the part of Herod. Today, Jesus asks who people think he is. Once answered he asks who they think he is to which Peter confesses that he is the Christ. He goes on to tell them that he is not the king they expect. He predicts for the first time the...
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Sep 23

September 23, 2021

Lk 9:7-9 Jesus’ mission is expanding and thus draws the attention of more people. Herod is one of those whose curiosity is piqued by what he has heard about Jesus. He hears the rumors and wonders himself if the ancient prophets have returned or even more alarming, if John the Baptist has returned from the dead. I pray for those today who...
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Sep 22

September 22, 2021

Lk 9:1-6 With the ministry in Galilee coming to an end, Jesus prepares those closest to him for the journey to Jerusalem and beyond. Jesus shares his power and authority with them and instructs them to travel as he would, focused not on their own needs but on the mission. I have a habit of “over packing,” thinking it better to have...
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Sep 21

September 21, 2021

Mt 9:9-13 Matthew is a tax collector turned disciple, not by his own choosing, but by Jesus’ call. Pious Jews were suspicious of tax collectors because of their reputation for collaboration with Rome and their illicit practice of extortion. Jesus accepted them and kept company with them as he did others who sinned. I am grateful for your...
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Sep 20

September 20, 2021

Lk 8:16-18 A lamp is not meant to be covered. The purpose of its light is to reveal the surroundings. In the same way, those who hear the word of God must not keep it to themselves but rather be light to others, illuminating who God is and what God calls them to be. In your word, I find comfort and consolation. I also find challenge but know...
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Sep 19

September 19, 2021

Mk 9:30-37 The disciples hear Jesus words about his suffering and death a second time. They are afraid to ask any questions. Their concern about what Jesus is telling them is soon overshadowed by their own ambitions. Jesus uses this opportunity to reinforce what it means to be a disciple. A disciple must not be focused on himself but on the...
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Sep 18

September 18, 2021

Lk 8:4-15 This parable is in all three of the synoptic Gospels, which makes sense since it is about the Word of God. It is one thing to simply hear the word, yet another to hear with a receptive heart which implies acting on what one has heard. I pray, Lord, to hear, receive and keep your word “with a generous heart.” This content...
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Sep 17

September 17, 2021

Lk 8:1-3 Jesus accompanied by the Twelve is traveling from town to town preaching and teaching. There are other companions on the journey, a group of women of means who are supporting his ministry as a way of showing their gratitude for his having healed each one of them. Jesus, you did not let the social customs and prejudice stand in the way...
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Sep 16

September 16, 2021

Lk 7:36-50 Jesus uses a parable to point out the difference between the woman’s attitude and actions and that of Simon the Pharisee. His righteousness prevents him from seeing what Jesus sees. Though an outcast, the woman humbly and lovingly offers Jesus the proper hospitality that Simon seems to have overlooked. I judge often and harshly....
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Sep 15

September 15, 2021

The Crucifixion of Jesus Jn 19:25-27 Or The Presentation in the Temple Lk 2:33-35 There is an important connection between yesterday’s feast, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and today’s memorial. Mary watched while her son Jesus’ battered and bloody body was “lifted high on the cross.” He commits her to the care of...
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Sep 14

September 14, 2021

Jn 3:13-17 Moses raised the bronze serpent on a pole in the desert as a means of saving the people. Jesus is elevated, raised up on the cross, a sign of God’s love for his people and the means of the world’s salvation. “We adore you O Christ and we bless you because by your holy cross you saved the world.” (St. Francis)...
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Sep 13

September 13, 2021

Lk 7:1-10 We know that this man is not Jewish and the military commander of one hundred men. But what is more important about him is that he is a compassionate man seeking the compassion of Jesus. The centurion’s words to Jesus are humble and thoughtful. Jesus acknowledges the man’s faith and heals his slave. I am thankful for the...
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Sep 12

September 12, 2021

Mk 8:27-35 Jesus has been telling his disciples not to tell anyone about his miraculous works. He wants it clear that this is not what being a disciple is about. There are radical demands. As evidenced by Peter’s rebuke of Jesus’ prediction of his passion, the disciples do not fully comprehend who he is, what he has to do and what...
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Sep 11

September 11, 2021

Lk 6:43-49 Jesus uses the analogy of the trees and the parable of the two houses to teach the disciples about the importance of what is at the heart of a person’s actions. Goodness within will yield good actions and evil within will yield evil. Following Jesus, hearing him, trusting and believing in him, is the foundation upon which we are...
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Sep 10

September 10, 2021

Lk 6:39-42 Jesus tells his disciples that they must strive to be like him especially in their relationship with others. If they are to stand in judgment and even correct their brother’s wrong doing, they must first examine themselves. He uses the image of the splinter and the beam to make his point. You know how often I am tempted to stand...
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Sep 9

September 9, 2021

Lk 6:27-38 This radical love that Jesus speaks of must be the mark of those who follow him. Love, do good, bless, pray for and give to your enemies, those who would most certainly not do the same for you. Do not judge or condemn. Be compassionate and forgive. How often I hear your “still small voice” urging me to do good, pray for...
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Sep 8

September 8, 2021

Mt 1:1-16, 18-23 Matthew’s Gospel is unique in that it begins with the genealogy of Jesus followed by the infancy narrative. We celebrate Mary’s birth, one of only three “birthdays” celebrated in the liturgical year placing Mary rightly in the company of John the Baptist and her son, Jesus. There are unusual and very...
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Sep 7

September 7, 2021

Lk 6:12-19 Jesus spends the night in prayer. In the morning, he calls the disciples together and chooses twelve. They are now called apostles which means “one sent out on a mission.” They are to join Jesus on his mission which will one day be their own. There is so much brokenness in the world. How is it even possible to bring about...
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Sep 6

September 6, 2021

Lk 6:6-11 Jesus has told the Pharisees he is the “Lord of the Sabbath”. He goes a step further by acting on those words healing the man’s withered hand. Though Jesus knows he has provoked them he goes on to challenge them by saying that if God gives the Sabbath to his people, shouldn’t they choose to do good no matter...
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Sep 5

September 5, 2021

Mk 7:31-37 This man must have led such a lonely and perhaps even hopeless existence. He is unable to communicate in a “normal” way and is likely ostracized because of his impediments. Thankfully he has family and/or friends who know about Jesus and bring the man to him for help and healing. Jesus takes him away from the crowd and...
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Sep 4

September 4, 2021

Lk 6:1-5 The Pharisees interpret the law in a way that distorts the will of God. Harvesting the grain on the Sabbath is considered work which is unlawful. The disciples aren’t working, they are hungry and grabbing what is readily available to eat on their journey. Jesus uses an incident from Scripture to defend the disciples and reminds...
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Sep 3

September 3, 2021

Lk 5:33-39 The Pharisees call attention to the difference between their piety and practices and those of John the Baptist, Jesus and his disciples. Jesus responds very logically and practically. New ways cannot be bound by the old. Clinging to the past for the sake of it leads to stagnancy and decay. Jesus brings the way of life that must be...
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Sep 2

September 2, 2021

Lk 5:1-11 Fishermen know that if they don’t catch anything at night, it is still the best time to fish. But there was nothing caught. Even still, they get back into Simon’s boat and following Jesus’ directions catch a miraculous number of fish. Jesus uses this to illustrate what is ahead for the disciples in their new role,...
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Sep 1

September 1, 2021

Lk 4:38-44 Jesus rebukes Simon’s mother-in-law’s fever in the same way he casts out the demons and then cures the sick at the end of the day. Jesus has power over all things evil. The next day he goes off by himself and then on to other places. You are everywhere at all times and I have only to call your name and know that you hear...
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