Daily Reading and Prayer

July 2021

Jul 31

July 31, 2021

Mt 14:1-12 John lived out his prophetic role. He spoke the truth and challenged sinful ways. He knew, like those who had gone before him, that there would be consequences. He also knew there was no other way. I pray for the gift of courage. When everyone around me is complicit, I pray that I will, by your grace, be able to stand for the truth....
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Jul 30

July 30, 2021

Mt 13:54-58 After the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus returns home and teaches in the synagogue. Admiration of Jesus turns to disbelief. Because of his lineage and lack of credentials the sceptics are not willing to accept the authenticity and authority of Jesus. Because of their lack of faith, he can do nothing more. Jesus, master teacher, I pray to...
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Jul 29

July 29, 2021

In February of 2021, this day was named by Pope Francis to be the memorial of all three friends of Jesus. There are optional readings both involving the family’s encounter with Jesus, their friend. In Luke 10:38-42, Martha and Mary, the sisters welcome Jesus into their home, each attending to him in her own way. In John 11:19-27, The...
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Jul 28

July 28, 2021

Mt 13: 44-46 The parables of the treasure and the pearl emphasize the zeal with which one should pursue God’s kingdom. Not only do they express the value of the kingdom thus the commitment deserved, they also express the joy the kingdom brings. Why would I want anything but to live in your love for all eternity? Be with me when the tests...
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Jul 27

July 27, 2021

Mt 13:36-43 Jesus offers equivalencies in this agricultural comparison to the final judgment that help the disciples to understand the meaning. In the end good will overcome evil and those who have chosen to go good “will shine.” Though I too listen, I do not always understand that those messages at the heart of the stories told long...
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Jul 26

July 26, 2021

Mt 13:31-35 There are great possibilities with even the smallest beginnings. And so it is with God’s kingdom. Jesus again uses that which is most familiar to the people, the mustard seed and yeast, to help them see and understand the power of God. Sometimes, it is hard to believe without being able to see. Then I remember that is the...
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Jul 25

July 25, 2021

Jn 6:1-15 Jesus is prepared to feed the crowd gathered but asks his disciples for their thoughts. Neither Philip nor Andrew understand the possibility and respond somewhat negatively. Jesus accepts the meager amount of food from the little boy. Ceremoniously Jesus takes, blesses, breaks and shares. There is enough for all. And with the help of...
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Jul 24

July 24, 2021

Mt 13:24-30 It seems natural to want to pull the weeds lest they infect the wheat. Jesus tells the disciples that they must remember that God alone knows what is in people’s hearts. At any point those who choose evil could turn to him. God, the harvester and sifter, is the final judge. All too often, I stand in judgment of those human...
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Jul 23

July 23, 2021

Mt 13:18-23 Jesus’ explanation of the parable invites the disciples to a deeper level of understanding. He states the obvious but then explains why the seed does or does not grow. The seed of the word of the God will not take root in those who are ignorant, superficial, or conflicted within. I want so much to be instrumental in helping...
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Jul 22

July 22, 2021

Jn 20:1-2, 11-18 Mary’s grief is compounded by her discovery. She remains at the tomb after having alerted Peter and John. Mary’s exchange with the angels inside the tomb is followed by her encounter with Jesus. At first, she does not recognize him but he calls her by name and she knows. Mary, the apostle to the apostles returns to...
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Jul 21

July 21, 2021

Mt 13:1-9 Jesus tells the crowd the parable of the sower comparing and contrasting seed wasted with seed that bares rich fruit. Jesus’ mission is to spread the love and mercy of the Father. Some people ignore him, others reject him. Those who hear his word and act on it will live in the love of God. I pray for a heartfelt desire to read...
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Jul 20

July 20, 2021

Mt 12:46-50 In this Gospel passage Jesus turns the understanding of family upside down. Society in his time places a very high value on blood relationship. Jesus challenges this by saying that spiritual relationship comes before blood relationships. Family consists of those who do the will of God. I know God’s view of the world does not...
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Jul 19

July 19, 2021

Mt 12:38-42 What Jesus has said and done is not enough for the scribes and Pharisees. They want more though it is abundantly clear that nothing will lead them to faith, even the greatest sign to come, Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus recounts stories of those who were not Jewish but demonstrated greater faith than the scribes and...
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