Daily Reading and Prayer

September 2019

Sep 21

Sept. 21, 2019

Matthew 9:9-13 It’s no surprise that Jesus dined with tax collectors. The Pharisees were scandalized because they were known to collaborate with the Roman officials and to exhort more than was owed the government. And yet, Jesus called one of them, Matthew, to follow him. St. Matthew, turning from collecting taxes to being a disciple of...
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Sep 20

Sept. 20, 2019

Luke 8:1-3 A group of women travel with Jesus and his disciples. They are grateful for having been healed by Jesus so out of their means they provide for the needs of the group. Like his association with sinners and tax collectors, Jesus transcends prejudice and custom. What a gift and privilege it is to journey with you today. Sustain me in the...
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Sep 19

Sept. 19, 2019

Luke 7:36-50 Jesus uses a parable to point out the difference between the woman’s attitude and actions and that of Simon the Pharisee. His righteousness prevents him from seeing what Jesus sees. Though an outcast, she humbly and lovingly offers Jesus the proper hospitality that Simon seems to have overlooked. I judge often and harshly....
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Sep 18

Sept. 18, 2019

Luke 7:31-35 The people of “this generation” find reasons to reject John and then reject Jesus for opposite reasons. They are like obstinate children who will not accept what is before them. Jesus calls them to be open to him and all he has to offer. Your works are great. Your words are the key to everlasting life. We pray that this...
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Sep 17

Sept. 17, 2019

Luke 7: 11-17 Jesus is moved by this woman’s loss. A widow whose only son has died faces a life with no one to care for her. Jesus brings the son to life, returning him to his mother. Those who witness this acknowledge Jesus’ power and call him a great prophet. Fill us with your compassion for those who have no one to care for them...
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Sep 16

Sept. 16, 2019

Luke 7:1-10 It becomes clear very quickly that this soldier, because of his caring nature, recognizes that same compassion in Jesus. He appeals to Jesus’ authority in a way that demonstrates humility and a deep faith. Jesus acknowledges this before all and heals the slave. I am thankful to be reminded by this unlikely character of the...
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Sep 15

Sept. 15, 2019

Luke 15:1-32 Finding the sheep, the coin and the son brought great joy to the shepherd, the woman and the father. The care and compassion of these three people, especially the father, attest to the extravagance of God’s love and mercy. I find such comfort in these stories, merciful God. You love me in spite of myself. You do not let me out...
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Sep 14

Sept. 14, 2019

John 3:13-17 God’s love is both the origin and foundation of his salvific plan. God’s love for us is so great that he gifted us with his only son. He came not to condemn us but to save us. He reached his glory, our salvation, by being lifted up on the cross. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your Cross you have...
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Sep 13

Sept. 13, 2019

Luke 6:39-42 Jesus tells his disciples that they must strive to be like him especially in relationship with others. If they are to correct their brother’s wrongdoing, they must first examine their own. He uses the image of the splinter and the beam to make his point. You know how often I am tempted to stand in judgment of others. I am...
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Sep 12

Sept. 12, 2019

Luke 6:27-38 This radical love that Jesus speaks of must be the mark of those who follow him. Love, do good, bless, pray for and give to your enemies, those who would most certainly not do the same for you. Do not judge or condemn. Be compassionate and forgive. As we do to others the Father will do to us. During this week of remembering, let us...
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Sep 11

Sept. 11, 2019

Luke 6:20-26 Luke’s version of the beatitudes is shorter than Matthew’s likely because of the differences in the two communities. Nonetheless, like Matthew’s, Luke’s blessings and woes “confront us with decisive choices … they purify our hearts in order to teach us to love God above all things.” CCC...
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Sep 10

Sept. 10, 2019

Luke 6:12-19 Jesus spends the night in prayer. In the morning he calls the disciples together and chooses twelve. They are now called apostles which means “one sent out on a mission.” His mission becomes their mission. There is so much brokenness in the world. How is it even possible to bring about healing and wholeness? It seems...
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Sep 9

Sept. 9, 2019

Luke 6:6-11 The Pharisees are actively scrutinizing Jesus. He has declared himself the Lord of the Sabbath and continues to care for his people. He heals the man with the withered hand, restoring him to physical wholeness fostering his return to the community. Why is it that some people are unable to look beyond the norm to see the greater good?...
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Sep 8

Sept. 8, 2019

Luke 14:25-33 The cost of discipleship is great. To help his listeners understand, Jesus uses two examples, a builder assessing a project and a king weighing the odds of battle. The decision to follow him must be approached with conscious deliberation to turn away from anyone or anything that stands in the way of full commitment to the cross. To...
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Sep 7

Sept. 7, 2019

Luke 6:1-5 The Pharisees cannot see beyond the “letter of the law” criticizing the disciples for picking grain on the Sabbath. They are not harvesting or making food. They are eating what is readily available because they are hungry. Jesus cites a story about David, hiding, hungry and eating bread reserved for priests. If David was...
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Sep 6

Sept. 6, 2019

Luke 5:33-39 The scribes and Pharisees criticize the lack of prescribed religious practices on the part of the disciples. Jesus responds to their concern about fasting specifically and then gives them the bigger lesson about the limitations of old ways. They can become stagnant. Jesus is bringing those ways back to life. Change is hard as is...
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Sep 5

Sept. 5, 2019

Luke 5:1-11 Simon listens to Jesus’ instructions even though they make no sense to one who fishes for a living. His obedience is rewarded with a haul of fish. Because of Simon’s act of faith Jesus makes him the rock upon which Jesus builds his Church. You have called me by name and though I am not worthy I will follow and serve in...
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Sep 4

Sept. 4, 2019

Luke 4:38-44 Jesus is received differently in Capernaum then in his home town. Because of their openness to him, he heals the sick beginning with Simon’s mother-in-law, teaches with authority and silences demons. Naturally they want him to stay but he tells them that he must leave and proclaim the Good News to all people. I don’t...
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Sep 3

Sept. 3, 2019

Luke 4:31-37 Jesus is in Capernaum teaching in the synagogue on the Sabbath. He speaks and acts as one with divine authority. He demonstrates power over evil. The people are astonished by what they hear and see and for that reason word of him spreads. As you do for me, let me be about encouraging others and building them up especially those...
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Sep 2

Sept. 2, 2019

Luke 4:16-30 Praise and acclaim give way to jealously and suspicion. In carrying out his Father’s mission, Jesus is undaunted by the hostility. He is a prophet rejected by his own people. For that reason he will take his message to outsiders. For those who endure suspicion and rejection because of their faith in you, we pray. This content...
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Sep 1

Sept. 1, 2019

Luke 14:1, 7-14 Jesus addresses the guests by telling them that it is far better to exhibit genuine humility rather than self-exaltation when choosing a seat at a dinner. He goes on to speak to the host saying that hospitality should not be self-serving and should embrace all. In today’s world the virtue of humility is difficult to...
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