Daily Reading and Prayer

May 2022

May 31

May 31, 2022

Lk 1:39-56 Two women whose lives are bound together by God’s design joyfully greet one another. Elizabeth praises Mary for being the mother of the Lord. Mary responds with words of a humble servant in the canticle. Mary, you opened yourself to God’s grace. Pray for me that I learn to do the same. I pray that I take on the attitude of...
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May 30

May 30, 2022

Jn 16:29-33 Jesus tells the disciples again about his and their relationship with the Father. Because of the way he says the words, they seem to have some understanding, though naïve, of what he has been telling them. He goes on to warn them that they will scatter like sheep in the days ahead. But he offers words of comfort, telling them to...
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May 29

May 29, 2022

Lk 24:46-53 Jesus appears to the disciples in Jerusalem. He makes sure they understand that all that had been foretold has come to pass. He really died and his human body resurrected. The marks of his suffering and death are visible and they touch him. He reiterates their mission now, blesses them and returns to the Father. The disciples...
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May 28

May 28, 2022

Jn 16:23-28 John gives a great deal of attention to Jesus’ coming and going in Chapter 16. He uses somewhat veiled language, perhaps the reference to figures of speech. He tells the disciples that soon all that he has told them will come to pass. He reminds them that because of their relationship with him, their love for him, they are...
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May 27

May 27, 2022

John 16:20-23 Jesus tells his disciples that when he leaves life will go on as usual for the world. It may seem that they are lost forever in grief and despair, but like the mother who labors forgets the pain once she has her newborn child in her arms; their joy at seeing him in glory will overshadow their suffering. There seems little to hope...
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May 26

May 26, 2022

Jn 16:16-20 The eleven are sent out to teach and baptize, to make disciples. Jesus’ words clearly express the reality of the Trinity and fulfill the name given to him at his conception, Emmanuel, God is with us. I pray in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who draw me into their perfect relationship of love.   This...
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May 25

May 25, 2022

Jn 16:12-15 The Advocate, the Spirit who will come to them soon after Jesus leaves, will speak the truth to the disciples, in their hearts and through inspired writers and preachers. Jesus spoke the truth to the disciples in the flesh. He will no longer be with them in the flesh. He will be with them in the Spirit speaking the truth through the...
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May 24

May 24, 2022

Jn 16:5-11 Jesus tells the disciples he is going but they must not grieve their loss because, in fact, it is gain. He will send the Advocate who will prosecute the world for its disbelief. And though Jesus dies the death of a criminal, it is the means by which he will return to the Father. I know that I must trust your plan for me, in the same...
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May 23

May 23, 2022

Jn 15:26—16:4 Jesus has already told the disciples that because they follow him, they will be hated and persecuted just as he has been. Those who are against him and them do not know him as they know him. The Spirit of truth will be with them and sustain them through the dark times ahead. The song written by a Presbyterian minister in the...
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May 22

May 22, 2022

Jn 14:23-29 At the conclusion of the Last Supper discourse, Jesus reassures the disciples by telling them that he will send them the Advocate, God’s Spirit, to be with them always. The Spirit will continue to teach them and remind them what Jesus has told them. He offers them his peace and tells them not to be afraid in his absence for he...
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May 21

May 21, 2022

Jn 15:18-21 Jesus tells the disciples that the price of discipleship is very high. Though living in the world, they must not be of the world. Because their words and works will all be in the name of Jesus, they too will be ignored, despised and persecuted. There is a fine line between being “in” and “of” the world. Help...
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May 20

May 20, 2022

Jn 15:12-17 Jesus tells his disciples that the model of love is to sacrifice one’s life for friends. Those with him do not yet understand the limitless love he has for them, nor do they understand what is expected of them in the work ahead. I am not sure I alone have the courage to sacrifice myself, my life for others as you did by your...
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May 19

May 19, 2022

Jn 15:9-11 Those who believe are drawn into the mutual love of Father and Son through Jesus’ love. This love is not without trial and suffering but through that suffering come great joy. Pope Francis likens Christian joy to the joy of a mother embracing her child for the first time after laboring the child to birth. Remembering those times...
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May 18

May 18, 2022

Jn 15:1-8 Today’s Gospel is a beautiful and meaningful expression of relationship that the believer must take to heart. The commandment of love is rooted in the love of the Father and the Son and the love of Jesus and the disciples. It is a love both mutual and reciprocal. For John the love Christians have for one another reflects divine...
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May 17

May 17, 2022

Jn 14:27-31 Jesus’ discourses in John’s Gospel end on a hopeful note. Though his disciples remain troubled about what is ahead, Jesus consoles them by offering them peace, the peace that comes through his love of the Father poured out to them. All that he has told them and what he tells them now will help them understand his mission...
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May 16

May 16, 2022

Jn 14:21-26 Judas’ question provokes a response from Jesus reiterating the relational aspect of the commandments. He and the Father will only be revealed to those who are open to a loving relationship with him, thus with the Father. I learn from you, Father, Son and Spirit, what it is to love. By your grace, may I love as you love,...
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May 15

May 15, 2022

Jn 13:31-33, 34-35 Judas leaves and the events of Jesus’ passion are set in motion. Jesus speaks directly now to his disciples. Love must be at the heart of their mission. He loves them and they must model that love with one another. You left for us the greatest commandment. You are love and living our lives in your name must be a...
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May 14

May 14, 2022

Jn 15:9-17 Jesus tells his disciples that the model of love is to sacrifice one’s life for friends. As has been made clear, those with him do not yet understand the limitless love he has for them, nor do they understand what is expected of them in the time ahead. Remembering those times when suffering turns to joy is important. That memory...
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May 13

May 13, 2022

Jn 14:1-6   The disciples are troubled because of Jesus’ impending departure. He tells them they must have faith. He is not abandoning them. Where he is going, he will prepare a place for them. Their faith will find the way to him. Today’s Gospel is often proclaimed at funerals. It offers comfort to those who grieve for their...
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May 12

May 12, 2022

Jn 13:16-20 Today’s Gospel returns to the evening of the Passover. Jesus emphasizes two points. One is that in the same way he humbled himself by washing the feet of his disciples, so they must do for others. And, by receiving him, they receive the Father for he and the Father are one. Jesus tells his disciples this knowing God’s...
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May 11

May 11, 2022

Jn 12:44-50   Following John’s explanation of the history of the Jewish people’s unbelief, Jesus summarizes the heart of his teaching. All that Jesus says and does sheds light upon the truth and points the way to the Father. Jesus has come from the Father to the world, to save the world.   Let us pray today for all the...
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May 10

May 10, 2022

Jn 10:22-30 In this climactic encounter with the Jewish authorities, Jesus reiterates his identity and purpose. Everything he says and does is in the name of the Father. He is one with the Father, a perfect union that they cannot touch. They don’t believe, nor will they. There are so many who because they do not know you, do not recognize...
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May 9

May 9, 2022

Jn 10:1-10 Jesus is the good shepherd, a beautiful and relatable metaphor. Jesus knows his sheep and his sheep know him. He is vigilant, and like a gate, remains at the entrance of the pen guarding the sheep. He likens the Pharisees to the thieves and robbers who do not enter via the gate but with ill intent jump over the fence in the dark of...
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May 8

May 8, 2022

Jn 10:27-30 Jesus is in the temple area on the feast. The Jewish leaders press Jesus to tell them if he is the Messiah. He replies that he has already told them, and they did not listen. He then goes on to use the metaphor of the sheep knowing the voice of their shepherd. The Jews do not know the voice of their Lord, who is one with the Father....
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May 7

May 7, 2022

Jn 6:60-69   The final verses of the Bread of Life discourse begin with the reaction of some of the disciples to Jesus. There are those who choose to walk away. Jesus addresses the Twelve directly asking if they too are going to leave. Peter, their spokesperson, responds with a profession of faith.   I can only think where else would...
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May 6

May 6, 2022

Jn 6:52-59 The Jews twist what Jesus is saying with their literal understanding of eating and drinking his flesh and blood. Jesus is the new Moses who nourishes all who come to him. He gives himself, the Eucharistic source of eternal life to all who eat and drink. How blest I am that you want to be part of me and will me to be a part of you....
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May 5

May 5, 2022

Jn 6:44-51   The ancestors of the Jews were taught by God through the prophets. This was their spiritual food. They were also fed physically by God in the desert. Now Jesus is present, the Word of God, the Bread of Life that will sustain them for all eternity.   Pope Francis said that “Jesus’ declaration that he is the...
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May 4

May 4, 2022

Jn 6:35-40 Another “I am” statement is complete. Jesus is the bread of life. The food and drink analogy in John’s Gospel shows that he is the one, the only one needed to gain eternal life. It is God’s will that everyone believes. The crowd’s initial misunderstanding, in reality — unbelief, is proof that just...
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May 3

May 3, 2022

Jn 14:6-14 This Gospel begins with Jesus reiterating that he and the Father are one. Phillip is not convinced and asks for visible proof. He wants to see the Father. Though clearly exasperated, Jesus continues the discussion by saying it again. His words and his works are the words and works of the Father. He then turns attention to the...
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May 2

May 2, 2022

Jn 6:22-29   Jesus gives bread from heaven but more importantly, Jesus is the bread from heaven. The manna in the desert sustained the physical needs of the people. Jesus, the bread of life, feeds the souls, nourishing the faith of believers.   Down through the ages there have been so many like St. Athanasius, who have helped believers...
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May 1

May 1, 2022

Jn 21:1-19   Today, we hear from John’s Gospel, Jesus revealing himself to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. During the night they fished and caught nothing. Jesus appears on the shore at dawn and instructs them to try again. They do so with great success. They share the meal that Jesus has prepared. Jesus questions Peter. Three...
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