Daily Reading and Prayer

January 2022

Jan 17

January 17, 2022

Mk 2:18-22 Jesus is questioned by the Jewish leaders about his disciple’s religious practices. They notice that unlike the disciples of John and the Pharisees, they do not fast. A true disciple does not fast for the wrong reasons. Fasting is seen as preparation for God’s coming, but Jesus says in so many words that God is with his...
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Jan 16

January 16, 2022

Jn 2:1-11 The in-breaking of the kingdom is made visible by Jesus’ first “sign.” Turning the water into wine is Jesus’ first miracle only recorded in John. Though initially resistant Jesus knows, as does his mother, that it is time for his glory to be made manifest through signs and wonders. Blessed are you Lord God. Your...
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Jan 15

January 15, 2022

Mk 2:13-17 The conflict with the Pharisees over Jesus’ healing of the paralytic is followed by attention to his “table ministry.” Jesus makes it abundantly clear to the scribes that he keeps company with those who know they need healing, need him. I cannot help but think about what Pope Francis says about Communion. It gives me...
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Jan 14

January 14, 2022

Mk 2:1-12 The size of the crowd is overwhelming. However it does not deter the four friends of the paralyzed man’s from finding a way to Jesus. It is their faith that drives their will. Jesus’ words of forgiveness catch the scribe’s attention. They see it as blasphemy. Jesus goes on to prove his authority by healing the man. It...
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Jan 13

January 13, 2022

Mk 1:40-45 The Gospel begins with a beautiful story of a humble request for healing and Jesus’ compassion. The man, rightly overjoyed was not able to understand the importance listening to Jesus’ warning. Mark goes on to say that Jesus’ presence was known everywhere he went even in the most deserted places. I hear you, but I do...
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Jan 12

January 12, 2022

Mark 1:29-39 In a very short period of time Jesus travels from village to village, synagogue to synagogue, healing the sick, casting out demons, preaching to God’s people. It must be exhausting for him. Certainly, that time alone with his Father refreshes and renews him. “Everyone is looking for you.” They seek you in their...
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Jan 11

January 11, 2022

Mk 1:21-28 The people recognize that Jesus teaches with authority, strikingly different from power wielded by the scribes. All authority begins with God, the author of creation. Jesus’ teaching has a powerful effect on the listeners. They are astonished and amazed at his casting out the demon. The news of the events in this single day of...
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Jan 10

January 10, 2022

Mark 1:14-20 John has been arrested. Jesus’ work begins. His compelling, yet challenging words, “repent and believe in the Gospel,” summarize his entire message. He calls four and they respond immediately by following him. I am not sure my response to your call has ever been as immediate as Simon, Andrew, James and John. I know...
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Jan 9

January 9, 2022

Lk 3:15-16-21-22 Up to this moment John has been preparing the way. Jesus, fully human, is baptized by John in the river. But in that moment, everything shifts. The heavens open and God speaks. This is his beloved Son whose ministry is beginning. You bless us with peace, O God but we constantly find ways to turn it to conflict. Help us to strive...
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Jan 8

January 8, 2022

Jn 3:22-30 John and Jesus have a very intimate connection that most do not understand. In fact, it causes controversy. John is very clear as evidenced by his final witness. Jesus is the bridegroom while John, like the best man, directs everyone’s focus on the groom. I pray that I would never compete with you rather that I truly understand...
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Jan 7

January 7, 2022

Lk 5:12-16 We can only imagine what it means to be “full of leprosy.” Was the disease so advanced? Was his appearance so repulsive? Jesus does not hesitate to go to the man and give his healing touch. He breaks through all physical and social prohibitions to help this man. May we be mindful this day of all who have been pushed to the...
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Jan 6

January 6, 2022

Lk 4:14-22 Jesus returns to his home. Even though it is the beginning of his public ministry, news about him has spread rapidly. He goes to the synagogue on the Sabbath and reads from the words of the prophet Isaiah. The passage explains Jesus’ mission and he concludes his reading by saying that the words of Isaiah have been fulfilled in...
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Jan 5

January 5, 2022

Mk 6:45-54 The miraculous feeding of 5,000 people followed by Jesus walking toward his disciples on the turbulent waters of the sea would seem to be all that is necessary to bring clarity to the disciple’s understanding. They’re not there yet. Their hearts are hardened by fear and doubt. Fear creates its own blindness to the truth....
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Jan 4

January 4, 2022

Mk 6:34-44 Jesus forgoes time away with his apostles to serve the people gathered. Their needs are such that Jesus is filled with compassion. He knows that they need to be fed physically and spiritually. Through the miracle of the multiplication and the breaking of the bread, he reveals himself to them. You put the needs of your flock before...
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Jan 3

January 3, 2022

Mt 4:12-17, 23-25 John’s ministry is drawing to a close. Jesus’ public ministry begins with a journey from Judea to Galilee where he preaches, like John, the need for repentance and the Good News of God’s kingdom. Word spreads about Jesus’ teaching and healing and people from all over join the crowds following him. For...
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Jan 2

January 2, 2022

Mt 2:1-12 This story tells about the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles. The openness and desire to seek the truth on the part of the Magi stands in contrast to the closed mindedness and fear of King Herod and the Jewish leaders. Their actions speak volumes about their faith. Herod lies and attempts to deceive. The Magi find the King, pay...
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Jan 1

January 1, 2022

Lk 2:16-21 The shepherds were a lowly group of people considered ignorant outcasts in the society of the time. And yet, it is they who understand the message given them by God’s angel. They go to see for themselves and then joyfully witness to others what they have heard and seen. Mary, quietly and humbly reflects on all that is taking...
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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