Daily Reading and Prayer

October 2019

Oct 23

Oct. 23, 2019 –

Lk 12: 39-48 Jesus’ call for vigilance continues to be his point made through sayings and parable. Much has been entrusted to the disciples and even more entrusted to Peter and the other early Christian leaders. What does this mean to us today? It means that we must make our relationship with the Lord a priority. We are blessed to have in...
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Oct 22

Oct. 22, 2019

Lk 12:35-38 Luke’s Gospel, though short, is filled with Jesus’ sayings about the importance of vigilance. It must be constant even if there is delay. He uses the example of the servants whose master’s return is delayed. They wait faithfully through the night and are rewarded by their master. Waiting is a challenge for me. It is...
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Oct 21

Oct. 21, 2019

Luke 12:13-21 Rather than arbitrate a family dispute, Jesus uses the man’s interruption to tell a parable about the pitfall of possessions. Possessions can create an illusion that causes one to lose the sense of what is most important, relationship with God and neighbor. “Shrouds don’t have pockets” is a humorous adage...
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Oct 20

Oct. 20, 2019

Lk 18:1-8   Thought dishonest, the judge has a valid point. Like the parable in Chapter 11 of the man waking his neighbor at midnight, Jesus is telling his disciples to be persistent in prayer. The road ahead is fraught with hardship and danger but don’t lose heart.   It’s easy to lose heart and just plain give up but then...
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Oct 19

Oct. 19, 2019

Lk 12:8-12 Jesus tells his disciples that people can acknowledge him publicly or they can deny him. When before God, they will be dealt with accordingly. He reminds them that those who deny will be forgiven if they repent, otherwise they will be judged harshly. Spirit of the Living God strengthen your gifts within me so that I may live...
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Oct 18

Oct. 18, 2019

Lk 10:1-9   Jesus sends the seventy-two, a significant number in rabbinic teaching. They are to prepare the way for him and his mission. His instructions are very specific and clear. At the same time, he points out the enormity of the work they need to do and urges his disciples to pray for more “laborers.”   Your mission...
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Oct 17

Oct. 17, 2019

Lk 11:47-54 Over the course of three days great attention is paid to this portion of Chapter 11 in Luke’s Gospel. Jesus continues his harsh judgment of his host and all gathered at the table. He condemns the practices of their ancestors who murdered the prophets. This insulting rebuke turns the tide and the anger and animosity of the...
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Oct 16

Oct. 16, 2019

Lk 11:42-46 Though they tithe, the Pharisees are not at all attentive to matters of justice and charity. They look out for themselves while overlooking the needs of others. Jesus also admonishes the scribes for placing heavy burdens on people without care or concern. There are times when I hope for the “seat of honor” and relish...
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Oct 15

Oct. 15, 2019

Lk 11:37-41 A Pharisee invites Jesus to dine with him and chastises Jesus for not following ritual practices before their meal. Jesus does not waste a moment in reminding his host that what is more important is the internal disposition of the person. When my internal disposition contrary to all that is good and right, lead me to your way of...
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Oct 14

Oct. 14, 2019

Luke 11:29-32 We hear today in Luke’s Gospel that there is something greater right here before us, greater than Jonah, greater that Solomon. Jesus Christ is the sign for present generations. He calls us to turn back to God, to transform our lives It is difficult to understand how people do not hear you, do not see you, do not feel you....
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Oct 13

Oct. 13, 2019

Lk 17:11-19 People with leprosy were forbidden contact of any sort from those without. They rely on charity that they seek from the outskirts of the town. Clearly they were aware of Jesus’ reputation calling to him from a distance. Jesus hears their cries and heals them. They follow the law as per Jesus instructions with one and only one...
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Oct 12

Oct. 12, 2019

Luke 11: 27-28   The woman in the crowd correlates Jesus’ words and deeds with the mother who gave birth to him. His response moves the focus away from the significance of blood relationship on to spiritual relationship. Those who listen to him and act on it are blessed. You are our refuge and stronghold O God and for that we are...
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Oct 11

Oct. 11, 2019

Lk 11: 15-26   Those who witness Jesus cast out the demon do not see the meaning of the event, nor are they open to understanding. Some interpret what Jesus has done in the very worst way. Others ask that he do more in order to convince them of the origin of his power. Jesus tells them that his power comes from the “finger of...
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Oct 10

Oct. 10, 2019

Lk 11:5-13 Jesus continues his teachings on prayer with the story of the midnight visitor followed by a series of sayings, a strong admonition to persevere. Their prayers will be answered by a loving and generous Father who does not necessarily give what they ask for but who always gives what they need.   Dearest Father, I know what I want....
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Oct 9

Oct. 9, 2019

Luke 11:1-4 The disciples ask Jesus to teach them how to pray the way he does. He gives the words they are to pray and to live. They are to make holy God’s name and share God’s name with others; to be grateful for all they have; to seek forgiveness and to forgive. You have taught me how to pray. Help me understand that I must listen...
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Oct 8

Oct. 8, 2019

Lk 10:38-42 We are reminded again about the relationship between and balance of doing and being. Jesus’ friends each have their way and both are good. What is to be understood is that it’s not one way or the other, it’s “both/and”. I find it difficult to be still. I begin my day in prayer yet distracted by a list of...
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Oct 7

Oct. 7, 2019

Lk 10:25-37 The lawyer rightly quotes the Shema, an ancient Hebrew prayer in response to Jesus’ question. However, it is the Samaritan in the parable, an enemy of the Jewish people, who understands the deeper meaning of the command to love neighbor as God intends. No fences, nor borders, no restrictions. Everyone everywhere is neighbor. I...
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Oct 6

Oct. 6, 2019

Lk 17:5-10 Jesus tells his apostles that even the tiniest amount of faith can move mountains. The quality of faith and commitment to serving others is what is important in Jesus’ mission. Jesus uses the example of the relationship between master and servant and cautions them about the proper attitude of a disciple. My human faith is...
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Oct 5

Oct. 5, 2019

Lk 10:17-24 Jesus cautions the disciples about losing perspective. Their power is but a small part of the battle between good and evil whereby God’s glory good will triumph in the end. Jesus’ praises his Father for letting the disciples witness and participate in God’s glorious work. It’s so easy to lose heart given the...
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Oct 4

Oct. 4, 2019

Lk 10:13-16 Jesus’ stern warning is both timely and timeless. There were those who listened and those who rejected then, in the early Church and now. Those who close their minds and hearts to the Word are closed to the Father and will suffer. May we follow your example, St. Francis, one who listened to God’s call and followed the way...
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Oct 3

Oct. 3, 2019

Lk 10:1-12 Jesus is well aware of the work that needs to be done. The number of disciples chosen and sent has grown exponentially. Jesus sends them ahead using the “buddy” system. He instructs and cautions them. He tells them to travel light taking only what is necessary. Bring peace to those who receive you. Move on from those who...
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Oct 2

Oct. 2, 2019

Mt 18:1-5, 10 It is better to be like a child, humble and trusting. Children in Jewish society had no rights and are the most perfect example of what it means to be completely dependent on another. How fitting to conclude this Gospel with reference to the God’s angels guardians of the children. Dearest Guardian Angel, you were an integral...
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Oct 1

Oct. 1, 2019

Lk 9:51-56 In the first two lines of today’s Gospel we are given a sense of the finality of this journey and Jesus’ firm determination to move toward the fulfillment of God’s plan. James and John are ready to retaliate in a big way against the Samaritans for their inhospitality but it is better that they move on. Shaking the...
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