Daily Reading and Prayer

August 2020

Aug 9

August 9, 2020

Mt 14:22-33 Jesus demonstrates his command over the powerful waters for a second time. He offers the same power to Peter who attempts to walk but fails. His love of the Lord is not enough to overcome his weak faith, but he is a work in progress. I know you love me in spite or maybe because of my faltering attempts. I too am a work in progress,...
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Aug 8

August 8, 2020

Mt 17:14-20 The father of the boy possessed by a demon goes first to Jesus’ disciples seeking healing for his son. They have so little faith they fail to heal the boy. Jesus rebukes his disciples by telling them that even faith the size of the smallest of seeds can move mountains. Thank you for that seed of faith. I pray that my...
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Aug 7

August 7, 2020

Mt 16:24-28 This Gospel passage follows Jesus’ first prediction of his passion. Discipleship comes with both cost and reward. A disciple must be willing to deny everything, including him or herself, and set sight only on fulfilling the will of God. “Let go and let God,” they say. “That’s easier said than...
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Aug 6

August 6, 2020

Mt 17:1-9 Peter, James and John are given insight into the glory of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In a sense, it balances the earlier prediction of his passion, death and resurrection. Jesus instructs them not to share what they have seen and heard because they don’t fully understand and won’t until he has risen. All too often,...
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Aug 5

August 5, 2020

Mt 15:21-28 Jesus rebuffs this gentile woman. His mission thus far has been to the children of Israel. Her persistence and remarkable faith causes him to listen to her and grant her appeal to him to heal her daughter indicative of the widening of Jesus’ mission to include all people. Oh, to have the tenacious faith of the Canaanite woman....
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Aug 4

August 4, 2020

Mt 14:22-36 Jesus is alone in prayer while his disciples are at sea. Because of the rough waters, they are not faring well. Jesus comes to their rescue, walking across the water. He calls to Peter, who gets out of the boat but does not last on the surface very long. His ardent love is great but his faith is weak. When in the midst of the chaos...
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Aug 3

August 3, 2020

Mt 14:22-36   The disciple’s fear of the turbulent waters caused by the storm is heightened by the appearance of Jesus walking toward them on the water. He calms their fears and the storm and, at the same time, challenges their lack of faith.    When in the midst of the chaos of life, feeling battered and worn from the...
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Aug 2

August 2, 2020

Mt 14: 13-21 Jesus’ need to be alone to grieve for John did not stop him from compassionately attending to the needs of the people who followed him. At the end of the day, the disciples urge Jesus to move on and let the hungry crowds fend for themselves. They should have known he would attend not only to their spiritual needs but to their...
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Aug 1

August 1, 2020

Mt 14:1-12 John confronts Herod about his marriage, which leads to the prophet’s demise. His death heralds the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Herod is made aware of Jesus’ activity in and around Nazareth, which causes him to wonder if Jesus is John returned to life. There is always a risk in challenging one who has lost sight of...
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