Daily Reading and Prayer

May 2021

May 31

May 31, 2021

Lk 1:39-56 Mary is led by God’s Spirit to visit her cousin. These two women have both miraculously conceived and yet, remain humble and faithful. Elizabeth honors Mary for her “yes” and Mary praises God for all that he has done for her and for all creation. To believe the way these women believed seems humanly impossible. With...
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May 30

May 30, 2021

Mt 28:16-20 Earlier in the chapter, the women who encountered the risen Jesus have gone as he told them to share their good news and tell the eleven that they are to go to Galilee. They go, and he is there. Any doubt that they have is overshadowed by Jesus’ divine instruction. They are to go out and make disciples, not just of a chosen...
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May 29

May 29, 2021

Mk 11:27-33 “By what authority ….?” is more than a question posed by the Jewish leaders. It is a challenge. They have been publically chastised in the temple. They are ready to disprove what he has said and done. Once again Jesus responds with a question that silences his opponents. There are so many who doubt you, your...
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May 28

May 28, 2021

Mk 11:11-26 The key to understanding this difficult Gospel is that an Old Testament image of Israel is a fig tree. The temple is to be a house of prayer for all people, not a certain select few. For Jesus, Jewish temple piety is insincere and does not bear fruit. That’s the source of his anger. I know that I am not always sincere in my...
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May 27

May 27, 2021

Mk 10:46-52 The blind man is persistent in his attempts to see Jesus. Some in the crowd try to quiet him but he pushes through. Though physically blind, Bartimaeus sees who Jesus is with eyes of faith. Once his sight is restored, he follows Jesus. I pray to see you with eyes of faith, to hear you with ears of faith, to follow you and to share...
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May 26

May 26, 2021

Mk 10:32-45 Jesus’ third prediction of his impending suffering and death is misunderstood by two of his closest followers. James and John are concerned about their status. Jesus uses their misunderstanding as an opportunity to reiterate the difference between God’s kingdom and the world. You challenge me constantly, always with good...
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May 25

May 25, 2021

Mk 10:28-31 Jesus demanded that the rich man go beyond all “that he has observed from his youth.” Those who have detached themselves from earthly things, people and possessions, to follow Jesus will be given so much more. I understand that it is more about attachment than having things and relationships. I am thankful for all that I...
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