Daily Reading and Prayer

July 2020

Jul 31

July 31, 2020

Mt 13:54-58 Jesus returns home and teaches in the synagogue. He is among family and friends. One would think that those who know him, or at least know about him, would accept him unconditionally. Initially, they are astonished but their “we knew him when” conversation takes them to doubt and disbelief. Because of this Jesus...
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Jul 30

July 30, 2020

Mt 13:47-53 Both the wording and the message of the parable of the net are similar to that of the weeds and the wheat. There will be final judgment with the separation of the good and bad. Reward or punishment will be given accordingly. My Lord and my God, help me always to avoid evil and to do what is good. This content comes to you from Our...
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Jul 29

July 29, 2020

Lk 10:38-42 Today on this memorial, there are optional accounts, one from John and the other from Luke, each giving insight into these sisters. No doubt they are friends of Jesus but what is most significant is how their faith, especially Martha’s develops. This is telling in John’s Gospel when Martha responds to Jesus’...
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Jul 28

July 28, 2020

Mt 13:36-43 Jesus’ detailed explanation of the parable has two distinct focuses. Those who do good and those who do evil co-exist, but their destinies lie in God’s final judgment. God is patient and merciful hoping that those who do evil will turn to him. Your mercy exceeds all that we deserve. At the moment of death, you are there...
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Jul 27

July 27, 2020

Mt 13:31-35 Jesus speaks to the crowds about the reign of God in two parables. Using small, ordinary elements, a mustard seed and yeast, he explains that those small beginnings grow beyond expectations. So, it is with the God’s kingdom, “already but not yet.” It is often difficult to see, to feel the kingdom now. Perhaps the...
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Jul 26

July 26, 2020

Mt 13:44-52 Jesus’ parables are a means to teach about the kingdom of God. The treasure and the pearl show that the value of the kingdom is so great that it must be pursued with determination and zeal. Jesus goes on to remind the disciples in the parable of the fishnet that there will be a final judgment when the good and bad are...
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Jul 25

July 25, 2020

Mt 20: 20-28 The request of an overbearing mother and the resulting negativity of the ten toward James and John seem so inappropriate given the fact that Jesus had just predicted his passion and death for a third time and in greater detail than the previous predictions. Jesus responds by instructing them in the manner of leadership they are to...
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