Daily Reading and Prayer

August 2021

Aug 31

August 31, 2021

Lk 4:31-37 Jesus travels to Capernaum where on the Sabbath he teaches in the synagogue. He speaks as God’s authoritative representative and demonstrates power over evil. Though the people are astonished and amazed by what they hear and see this is by no means evidence of their faith. I pray that the impact you have on me by your word and...
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Aug 30

August 30, 2021

Lk 4:16-30 The initial praise and acclaim quickly turn to suspicion and ultimately rejection. Jesus tells them that Isaiah’s prophesy is fulfilled “today” in him but they do not hear what he is saying. He likens himself and their rejection of him to two great prophets, Elisha and Elijah, who were also rejected by their own....
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Aug 29

August 29, 2021

Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 In verse 8, Jesus exposes the Pharisee’s hypocritical “lip service” to God’s law. Their interpretation of the ritual has more to do with tradition than with those actions that honor God. Their piety is superficial. Goodness and purity come from within. Don’t we all have the same tendencies as...
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Aug 28

August 28, 2021

Mt 25:14-30 Today’s Gospel continues on the end time theme with the parable about the final judgment. Those who are “good and faithful servants” are those who use the gifts God gives them for the purpose of building the kingdom. Those who out of fear do not use their gifts are punished for their lack of resourcefulness and...
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Aug 27

August 27, 2021

Mt 25:1-13 Again, the uncertainty of the hour of the final coming thus the need to be vigilant is explained in the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids. The wise ones recognize that the bridegroom could arrive at any time so they remain awake and prepared to greet him. The foolish bridesmaids second guess his return and are caught by...
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Aug 26

August 26, 2021

Mt 24:42-51 Jesus tells his disciples that no one but God knows the hour of the coming. The parable of the servant calls attention to the urgency of Jesus’ message by contrasting lack of vigilance with being prepared and watchful. The faithful servant demonstrates what it means to maintain constant care for the property of the master....
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Aug 25

August 25, 2021

Mt 23:27-31 Jesus continues pronouncing woes on the scribes and Pharisees. He tells them they are like whitewashed tombs, again emphasizing the disparity between their interior and exterior. The final woe is the most serious. Jesus accuses them of being descendants, in every sense of the word, of those who murdered the prophets. You know me...
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Aug 24

August 24, 2021

Jn 1:45-51 Scholars believe that Nathaniel and Bartholomew are one in the same. In the Gospel, Nathaniel seems skeptical about Phillip’s testimony that Jesus is the one who has been written about in Scripture. He follows him nonetheless and in meeting Jesus for the first time, discovers to his surprise that Jesus already knows him. I...
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Aug 23

August 23, 2021

Mt 23:13-22 Through the seven “woes” Jesus expresses his upset about the words and actions of the scribes and Pharisees. What they say and do may seem righteous, but their intentions are anything but. He calls them hypocrites, blind guides and warns them about the consequences they face. I know there are times when I am no less...
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Aug 22

August 22, 2021

Jn 6:60-69 The disciples realize what a difficult road they travel with Jesus. Some experience a crisis of faith and turn back. Jesus asks the twelve if they want to go back. Peter speaks for all professing their belief that he is the “Holy One of God” and therefore following him is the only way to go. I don’t always walk the...
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Aug 21

August 21, 2021

Mt 23:1-12 Jesus warns the crowd, his disciples included, to avoid the hypocritical piety of the scribes and Pharisees. They are completely caught up in themselves and do not practice what they preach. He reminds his listeners that a leader must be at the service of others. Help me to be a better leader, confident in your vision, committed to...
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Aug 20

August 20, 2021

Mt 22:34-40 The question posed by the scribe had nothing to do with concern or interest. It was meant to test Jesus. In response Jesus, a good Jewish teacher, sums up the Torah in a very simple statement. Love of God is made manifest by loving neighbor. This is not meant to disregard other laws but rather to point to what is at the heart of...
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Aug 19

August 19, 2021

Mt 22:1-14 Jesus directs this parable to the chief priests and elders. The king and his son extend an invitation to the feast, which some refuse, some ignore and some respond in a hostile way. There are those who accept the invitation but attend without proper attire. God invites all people into relationship with him. Accepting involves a proper...
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Aug 18

August 18, 2021

Mt 20:1-16 In this parable, Jesus presents the kingdom of God in a powerfully counter cultural way. Last first, first last; a person who works part of the day is given a full day’s wage. It is completely out of line with human justice, yet absolutely in line with God’s justice and mercy. You are fair and just. Your generosity is...
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Aug 17

August 17, 2021

Mt 19:23-30 Jesus tells the disciples that riches can be an obstacle to entrance to the kingdom in much the same way that it would be impossible for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle. No one can buy passage into the kingdom, no matter how rich. It is God’s gift, freely given. I know that I am weighted down by what I have and...
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Aug 16

August 16, 2021

Mt 19:16-22 The young man in the parable seems sincere about understanding the importance of observing that which is at the heart of the Ten Commandments, loving God and neighbor. When Jesus calls him to a new and more radical dimension of this he is not able to accept the challenge. That proverbial “leap of faith” can be so hard...
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