Daily Reading and Prayer

June 2022

Jun 27

June 27, 2022

Mt 8:18-22   In today’s Gospel, we hear the same message from Matthew about discipleship as we heard from Luke. The demands of discipleship are radical and must be held above all else. The Jewish people found this difficult. Family obligation was a priority.   Let us remember that putting God first does not take away from our...
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Jun 26

June 26, 2022

Lk 9:51-62   Jesus’ resolute determination to go to Jerusalem does not interfere in any way with his mission on the way. Though unwelcome by the Samaritans, Jesus chastises his disciples for their reaction to the treatment. Those along the way who express their desire to be Jesus ’disciples do not understand what it meant to...
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Jun 25

June 25, 2022

Lk 2:41-51 What parent would not be able to relate to the feelings that Mary and Joseph had from the moment when they realized Jesus was missing, to finding him safe and well. Seeing their son teaching in the temple must have given them not only a sense of pride but also insight into his mission. We pray for parents to recognize their...
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Jun 24

June 24, 2022

Lk 15:3-7 Luke’s Gospel today is one of three parables about Jesus’ gracious and loving concern for the lost. Leaving almost an entire flock alone while going after one lost is a huge risk, one that few would even consider taking. But this is God’s way. How blessed are we that your concern for each one of us is so great. You...
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Jun 23

June 23, 2022

Lk 1:57-66, 80 Zechariah lost his ability to speak because of the doubt voiced to the angel who announced Elizabeth bearing a son. However, he regains his ability to speak once he confirms the name for the child given by the angel. Zechariah prays a prayer of blessing to God. He and all the people are in awe of God’s wondrous deeds. I am...
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Jun 22

June 22, 2022

Mt 7:15-20   Jesus uses elements of nature, familiar to the people, to describe those who rightly speak for God and those who do not. Prophets are recognized by the nature of their work. The truth in what they say is ultimately revealed.   May our ability to discern whether a person is speaking the truth be strengthened in these...
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Jun 21

June 21, 2022

Mt 7:6, 12-14 The passage begins with Jesus’ words about those who oppose him and his message. He goes on to say that the “golden rule” summarizes Old Testament tradition and concludes with reference to the “two ways,” one that leads to life, the other destruction. Not everyone chooses the way to life. Though I may...
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Jun 20

June 20, 2022

Mt 7:1-5   Jesus tells his disciples that they are called to be less concerned about the faults of others than their own weakness and sin. Fraternal correction is part of caring for others but first they must look honestly at themselves and seek God’s forgiveness and healing before correcting others.   You have given me the grace...
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Jun 19

June 19, 2022

Lk 9:11-17   Jesus knows both the physical and spiritual needs of the people. Though they have just returned from a fruitful mission, the apostles do not see that they must respond to this opportunity to serve. Jesus ignores their suggestion to send the people home involving the apostles directly in caring for the people.   We are fed...
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Jun 18

June 18, 2022

Mt 6:24-34   Jesus tells his disciples that they must seek and serve God first and above all else. Turn from worry to complete trust. There is no need to be concerned about their “wants.” God provides all that they need as he does for all creation.   I look at the past and feel regret, to the future, anxiety. Help me to let...
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Jun 17

June 17, 2022

Mt 6:19-23   True riches have nothing to do with earthly wealth, which is fragile and will not last. It is God’s eternal treasure that must be sought. Prayer, fasting and giving to those in need must be done with eyes focused on God and God alone.   I am guilty of “storing up” things to secure my future. I pray to be...
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Jun 16

June 16, 2022

Mt 6:7-15   Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray by modeling the words and the proper order. His prayer is offered on behalf of all and begins by invoking God’s holy name. A series of petitions follow including asking that the forgiveness received from God leads to a willingness to forgive others.   You are our Father. You...
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Jun 15

June 15, 2022

Mt 6:1-6, 16-18   Jesus is not criticizing the good works of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. He is chastising those who do these things to draw attention to themselves. Jesus tells his disciples that God rewards good works that are genuine, done with the proper attitude.   To follow you in loving others and to live according to your...
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Jun 14

June 14, 2022

Mt 5:43-38   Relationship in divine life is very different from that in the lives of humans. We are not called by God to respond in kind to our enemies; to put up with their behavior or even simply to ignore them. We are called to love as God loves, both the wheat and the weeds.   There are so many angry, hateful, spiteful people, and...
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Jun 13

June 13, 2022

Mt 5:38-42   The fifth antithesis concerns the Jewish law of retaliation intended to control vengeance so that the punishment that does not exceed the injury. Jesus tells his disciples that they must not retaliate at all. He offers four practical examples of non-retaliatory actions.   Jesus, sadly everything you tell your disciples...
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Jun 12

June 12, 2022

Jn 16:12-15   In his final teaching to his disciples, Jesus tells his disciples that though his time with them is at an end, he will continue to teach them through the Paraclete, the Spirit of truth. The Spirit will be their constant guide and those who listen, hear Jesus’ words received from the Father.   We pray, “Glory...
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Jun 11

June 11, 2022

Mt 5:33-37   Though oath and vows are common practice for the Jewish people, Jesus tells his disciples that they are not necessary. It is better to be honest and straightforward. If not done so honestly, it is wrong to swear on all that is holy.   That time in Antioch when Christianity was formally named is holy. Thank you, God, for...
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Jun 10

June 10, 2022

Mt 5:27-32   As anger is the root cause of murder, lust is the root cause of adultery. Jesus’ sayings that follow mean that any part that jeopardizes the salvation of the whole must be eliminated. When teaching about the prohibition of divorce, Jesus adds in Matthew’s Gospel, that divorce is allowed in the case of an...
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Jun 9

June 9, 2022

Mt 5:20-26   Jesus teaches his disciples the conduct expected of them with a deeper look into the Mosaic law. There are six antithesis and the one about murder is the first. Murder is a grave sin, but it is important for the disciples to understand that anger is the root of this evil action. The angry thoughts and feelings must be dealt...
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Jun 8

June 8, 2022

Mt 5:17-19   Jesus is sitting with his disciples on the mountain. He speaks to them as the new Moses. Jesus is a good Jewish man. He knows the law and understands it as God intended. More importantly, in accord with the words of the prophets, Jesus is the fulfillment of all Israel has hoped for.   I am thankful for those who have...
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Jun 7

June 7, 2022

Mt 5:13-16   In the first reading, God sends Elijah to serve and preserve the lives of the widow and her son by bringing light to the darkness in their lives. The similes in the Gospel give new meaning to ordinary things. Salt seasons and preserves. Light illuminates its surroundings. Both have a purpose beyond themselves. Jesus tells the...
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Jun 6

June 6, 2022

Jn 19:25-34   Great artists have captured the image of those who remained with Jesus at the foot of the cross. Whether standing or kneeling their eyes are fixed on him. Though a tragic ending, it is also a glorious beginning.   Dearest Mother, I thank you for keeping watch over the Church, and thank you for your prayers for me....
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Jun 5

June 5, 2022

Jn 20:19-23   In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we hear about the people gathered who, though they speak different languages, they understand the preaching of the Spirit-filled apostles. In the second reading, we are reminded that we are “one body.” Jesus is suddenly with the apostles in today’s Gospel....
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Jun 4

June 4, 2022

Jn 21:20-25   We come to the end of John’s Gospel. What Jesus said and did is recounted in the Synoptic Gospels. It is in John’s that we are given the opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ mission more deeply. God reveals God’s self through his Son, which moves the disciples forward on their mission. They are not alone....
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Jun 3

June 3, 2022

Jn 21:15-19 Jesus gives Peter the opportunity to repent and reaffirm his faith. This beautiful encounter between Peter and the risen Lord is Peter’s opportunity for public repentance. Peter knows he has sinned. He denied knowing Jesus not once, but three times. Three times Peter professes his love in response to Jesus’ questions....
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Jun 2

June 2, 2022

Jn 17:20-26 Jesus continues his prayer, directing his words to the Father on behalf of his future disciples. He prays that they may be united. It is in that unity, modeled on the union between Jesus and the Father, that the mission will be most effective. Disciples will be recognized by their love for one another and followed because of that...
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Jun 1

June 1, 2022

Jn 17:11-19 Jesus’ prayer to the Father on behalf of his disciples is heartfelt and very specific. Unite them. Protect them. Keep them from evil. Make them holy. We pray, unite us. Protect us. Keep us from evil. Sanctify us in your truth. St. Justin, martyr, pray for us. This content comes to you from Our Sunday Visitor courtesy of your...
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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