Daily Reading and Prayer

April 2021

Apr 13

April 13, 2021

Jn 3:7-15 Jesus’ instruction to Nicodemus continues. Jesus challenges his lack of understanding by asking how it is possible that a Pharisee, a teacher of the Jewish people, does not understand what he is saying. He concludes by likening Moses’ serpent on the pole to his being lifted up on the cross in order to gain eternal life for...
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Apr 12

April 12, 2021

Jn 3: 1-8 Nicodemus is drawn to Jesus but has not yet come fully to faith. The signs seem to point to Jesus’ divine origin but what Jesus says about being born again, confuses him. Nicodemus hears what Jesus is saying in a literal sense. To be born again means to live less in flesh and more in spirit; to turn from vice to virtue; to live...
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Apr 11

April 11, 2021

Jn 20:19-31 The disciples are hiding in fear. Jesus appears to them and offers them consolation. He wants them to know he is not an apparition and shows them his wounds. By the Holy Spirit, they are confirmed and commissioned. Thomas moves past doubt to a sincere profession of faith in the Lord. I am ashamed of the times that I have doubted you...
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Apr 10

April 10, 2021

Mk 16:9-15 What is known as the Longer Ending of Mark’s Gospel includes Jesus’ appearance to Mary Magdalene and the two disciples, perhaps those on the road to Emmaus. They go to tell the others but are met with skepticism. Jesus appears to admonish them for their unbelief. Nevertheless he commissions them, sending them out into the...
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Apr 9

April 9, 2021

Jn 21:1-14 Seven are present for Jesus’ third appearance. Once again, John, the beloved disciple is the only one to recognize him. They fish without him and it is futile but once he is present, their catch is plentiful. He serves them a meal. Without saying a word, he teaches them that to do his work, they must depend on him completely,...
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Apr 8

April 8, 2021

Lk 24:35-48 In this continuation of yesterday’s Gospel, the two men return to Jerusalem to recount what had taken place. Suddenly, Jesus is standing in their midst. He knows that they are startled so he offers them peace. They still do not understand so he shows them his hands and feet. He then goes on to recount all he had told them about...
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Apr 7

April 7, 2021

Lk 24:13-35 The confusion and despair of Cleopas and his companion turn to Easter joy through their encounter with the Risen Lord. Jesus instructs them in the Word and in the breaking of the bread. They recognize him and cannot help but return to Jerusalem and share the good news. You are hope for the hopeless. To encounter you in the darkest...
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Apr 6

April 6, 2021

Jn 20:11-18 Mary weeps at the tomb. Her grief over Jesus’ death is compounded by the disappearance of his body. She is not alone. The angels question her weeping as does Jesus whom she does not recognize him until he says her name. Jesus tells her he cannot stay, nor can she. She returns to the disciples to proclaim the good news. When I...
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Apr 5

April 5, 2021

Mt 28:8-15 The women in Matthew’s Resurrection narrative respond to the empty tomb and the angel’s explanation with mixed emotions. They encounter Jesus on the way to tell the disciples and their joy far surpasses their fear. Aware of the resurrection stories, Jesus’ adversaries post guards at the tomb. Though nothing is said...
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Apr 4

April 4, 2021

Jn 20:1-9 In John’s Gospel, Mary Magdalene arrives at the tomb in the early morning hours. Finding the tomb open, she naturally assumes Jesus’ body has been taken and runs to tell Peter and John. They each react to what they find in their own way. It is John, the beloved disciple, who sees and believes.   All these centuries...
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Apr 3

April 3, 2021

Mk 16:1-7 The stone is rolled away and the tomb is empty except for a young man dressed in white. How could the women not be amazed? The man tells them that Jesus is not there because he has been raised. He instructs them to go and tell the others. Everything you said came to pass. You suffered death. You were raised in glory. All praise and...
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Apr 2

April 2, 2021

Jn 18:1—19:42 Beginning with his arrest and concluding with his burial, Jesus is on his human journey through his passion and ultimately to his elevation on the cross. This has been referenced more than once in John’s Gospel, as the means to his glorification. It is so meaningful to enter fully into the proclamation of the passion. I...
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Apr 1

April 1, 2021

Jn 13:1-15 Jesus’ hour has come. Before the Passover meal he washes his disciple’s feet. By this action he demonstrates what it is to be a servant leader. They must be willing to care for others in the same way. Soon Jesus will teach them in a profound way about sacrificial love. Tonight, we enter into the three days that lead us...
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