Daily Reading and Prayer

May 2019

May 19

May 19, 2019

John 13:31-33A, 34-35 Judas left the supper to bring his plan to completion. Jesus tells those remaining that what lies ahead is God’s plan and will bring him to glory. In that dark moment, he reminds them that they must always love one another. There is no greater love than the love you freely give. I pray to be able to follow your lead...
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May 18

May 18, 2019

John 14:7-14 Jesus speaks of his Father repeatedly in today’s Gospel. No matter what he says and how many times he says it, the disciples don’t understand. With a hint of exasperation, Jesus wonders how, after all the time they have had together, they still don’t know him. You stand by me patiently. Your love and boundless...
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May 17

May 17, 2019

John 14:1-6 Even though Jesus must leave the disciples for a time, he consoles them by telling them he is going to prepare a place for them so that they can be with him again. In response to Thomas’s misunderstanding the meaning of “the way,” Jesus tells them that he is the way to the Father. Guide us in showing those we serve...
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May 16

May 16, 2019

John 13:16-20 Jesus reiterates the absolute necessity of the disciples understanding his relationship with the Father and how it speaks to their relationship with one another. Being a disciple does not lead to greatness in the eyes of the world. Being a disciple, with the heart of a servant, leads to life everlasting with the Father. Jesus hints...
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May 15

May 15, 2019

John 12:44-50 These passages hold the key to understanding the relationship between Jesus and the Father. They are Jesus’ own words telling of his union with the Father and the power he draws from that union; he is the light of the world and he came to save, not to condemn; judgment will come to those who reject him. Thank you for the most...
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May 14

May 14, 2019

John 15:9-17 Jesus models the self-sacrificing love about which he speaks. There is no greater love. Unlike the relationship with a slave, this is an intimate friendship. He knows his friends, and they know him. Out of love, he teaches them everything the Father has taught him. Nobody knows me as intimately as you do. Sometimes I wonder how you...
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May 13

May 13, 2019

John 10:1-10 Jesus is vigilant and, like a gate, remains at the entrance of the pen guarding the sheep. He knows his sheep, and his sheep know him. He likens the Pharisees to the thieves and robbers who do not enter via the gate but jump over the fence in the dark of night. You know me better than anyone. You want only what is best for me. You...
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May 12

May 12, 2019

John 10:27-30 The fourth week of Easter begins with what is often called Good Shepherd Sunday. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who will lay down his life for his flock. This discourse is aimed at those gathered who ask for the truth but are unwilling to accept what Jesus says regarding who Jesus is. They do not believe, but his flock believes and...
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May 11

May 11, 2019

John 6:60-69 The disciples admit that they find Jesus’ words difficult to understand, his directives difficult to follow. Some choose to return to their former lives. The Twelve remain, and Peter speaks for the others, professing their belief in him, the “holy one of God.” Through times of trial and doubt I too have come to...
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May 10

May 10, 2019

John 6:52-59 There is a shift now in Jesus’ discourse. He does not speak about believing but about eating and drinking. His body, blood, soul, and divinity are nourishment enough, and this nourishment is sacrament. How blessed I am to understand the true meaning of the Eucharistic language. How blessed I am that you desire to be part of me...
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May 9

May 9, 2019

John 6:44-51 Again Jesus contrasts the bread he offers with the manna in the desert. Even though they ate the manna, they died. The bread Jesus offers brings new life, eternal life, for all who believe. When I receive your body and your blood I remember, I celebrate, I believe.
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May 8

May 8, 2019

John 6:35-40 Jesus tells the crowd, “I am the bread of life”. Their misunderstanding, in reality unbelief, is proof that just because they see does not mean they believe. They see what they want to see unwilling or unable to go deeper.  Take me below the surface to that place where I am able to begin to understand who you are...
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