Daily Reading and Prayer

November 2019

Nov 11

Nov. 11, 2019

Luke 17:1-6 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus continues to teach his disciples. He tells them that Satan will block their way. By faith they can overcome the challenge but if they are stumbling blocks for the faith of others, they will be held accountable. I have faith, believing all that the Church teaches but I am less faithful in trusting you....
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Nov 10

Nov. 10, 2019

Luke 20:27, 34-38 The Sadducees, the aristocratic leaders are more conservative and for that scorned by the Pharisees. They do not believe in resurrection. They pose a complex case to Jesus hoping he will renounce the belief. Jesus’ reply makes clear that they do not understand. He tells them there is no comparison between resurrected life...
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Nov 9

Nov. 9, 2019

John 2:13-22 Jesus travels to Jerusalem, to the temple, at the beginning of his ministry. The physical purification of the temple is indeed necessary. At the same time the misuse of the temple points to misunderstanding on the part of the Jewish leaders. He tells them that he is the Temple, words that heighten the division between them, words...
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Nov 8

Nov. 8, 2019

Luke 16:1-8 Jesus tells the story of a steward who initially mismanages his employer’s property. The teaching beneath the story line is difficult to understand. Rather than focus on the moral or immoral behavior of the steward, Jesus points out his enterprising plan for his future and appeals to the disciples to be that enterprising in...
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Nov 7

Nov. 7, 2019

Luke 15:1-10 The shepherd leaves his flock to find the one lost. The woman turns her house upside down to find the single coin. The joy of the shepherd finding his sheep and the woman finding her coin are likened to God’s joy when a sinner repents. You go to great lengths to find me and when I turn back to you, you embrace me. There is...
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Nov 6

Nov. 6, 2019

Luke 14:25-33 Jesus again uses the exaggeration about hating parents and family stressing that nothing and no one should stand in the way of one’s decision to follow Jesus Christ. If discipleship is lived half-heartedly then it lacks full and conscious commitment. As it is expected the builder and king would commit to thorough preparation,...
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Nov 5

Nov. 5, 2019

Luke 14:15-24 Jesus continues teaching at the Pharisee’s banquet table by telling a parable about the kingdom of God. A servant is dispatched three times to gather the invited guests none of who can attend. They have more important things to do. Jesus is challenging the Pharisees to examine their priorities. There is nothing more important...
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Nov 4

Nov. 4, 2019

Luke 14:12-14 Jesus addresses the host of the dinner. He tells him that an invitation should not be extended with the expectation that a reciprocal offer will result. Doing what is good should not stem from selfish motivation. Jesus models selfless love. It is not so much what good I do, but why I do it. Let my intentions be wise and charitable....
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Nov 3

Nov. 3, 2019

Luke 19:1-10 Zacchaeus is endearing in spite or perhaps because of his impulsiveness. He does what most in his position would not, climbing a tree to see this person he had heard about and then admitting to extortion, with the promise of making it right. I pray for humility, to be able to see and acknowledge my weaknesses, to be able to change...
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Nov 2

Nov. 2, 2019

John 6:37-40 Jesus’ lives and speaks on behalf of the Father. The message that he teaches and lives is God’s will. Those who believe what they are hearing and seeing in him will come to know the Father and ultimately have eternal life. I pray for those family members and friends who have died and hold on to the hope that one day I...
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Nov 1

Nov. 1, 2019

Matthew 5:1-12A The solemnity of the Saints is a meaningful celebration of all those men, women and even children who have, in some cases after a conversion experience, lived a life of beatitude with complete reliance on God at the heart of who they are and everything they do. All you holy men and women pray for us that we might live a blessed...
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