Daily Reading and Prayer

May 2019

May 31

May 31, 2019

Luke 1:39-56 What a beautiful encounter this must have been. Mother to mother and child to child, both conceived miraculously. Elizabeth honors Mary for her “yes” and Mary praises God for all that he has done for her and for all creation. Holy Mary and St. Elizabeth you were blessed with humble faith and enduring love. Pray for us....
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May 30

May 30, 2019

Luke 24:46-53 In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus’ Ascension to the Father is within the same day as his Resurrection. He appears to his disciples in Jerusalem. He offers them peace and consolation and reminds them of all that he has told them. He takes them to Bethany, blesses them and ascends to heaven. They are filled with joy. In the same...
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May 29

May 29, 2019

John 16:12-15 The disciples are not ready to hear all that Jesus has to tell them. Once he has ascended to the Father his Spirit will come upon them. As he had spoken to them in his earthly form he will speak to them through the Spirit. Father, Son and Spirit, you draw me into your most perfect relationship, your most perfect family of love....
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May 28

May 28, 2019

John 16:5-11 It must have been difficult for the disciples to hear Jesus tell them, “It is better for you that I go.” Even more confusing is his telling them that they must not grieve his departure. He will send the Advocate who will be their constant guide. Though they lose him in human form, they will soon receive his Spirit. In a...
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May 27

May 27, 2019

John 15:26 – 16:4A Jesus’ departure makes possible the coming of the Spirit, Jesus glorified, who will empower and guide them. Amidst the world’s hostility and persecution, the Advocate comes to bear witness to Jesus through the disciples. Like the disciples, I am both comforted and challenged by who you call me to be and what...
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May 26

May 26, 2019

John 14:23-29 Jesus prepares his disciples for his leaving them to return to the Father. Though he will not be with the physically, he will be with them spiritually through the Holy Spirit. The Spirit will journey with them, teaching them and reminding them about all that Jesus taught them. When my heart is troubled and I am afraid, when I am...
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May 25

May 25, 2019

John 15:18-21 There is an analogy between the way the world treats Jesus and the way it treats those who believe in him. The servants are not greater than their master and thus are not immune from suffering and persecution. It is difficult to understand how to be in but not of the world. It’s easy to get caught up in all the world has to...
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May 24

May 24, 2019

John 15:12-17 The love that begins with the Father’s love for Jesus pours out of Jesus in his love for his friends. It is for them to reciprocate by loving one another, to the extreme of laying down their lives for one another. There is nothing greater. Laying down my life for another is about dying to self and putting the other first...
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May 23

May 23, 2019

John 15: 9-11 Those who believe are drawn into the mutual love of Father and Son through Jesus’ love. Those who believe respond to God’s love by serving and loving others. This love is not without trial and suffering but through the suffering comes great joy. Pope Francis likens Christian joy to the joy of a mother embracing her...
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May 22

May 22, 2019

John 15:1-8 This Gospel is a beautiful and meaningful expression of relationship that the believer must take to heart. The commandment of love is rooted in the love of the Father and the Son and the love of Jesus and his disciples. It is a love both mutual and reciprocal. For John the love Christians have for one another is a reflection of love...
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May 21

May 21, 2019

John 14:27-31A Jesus offers peace and consolation to the troubled disciples. All that he has told them will ultimately help them understand his mission and courageously endure their own. His peace, the peace of the Father, will carry them through suffering and death to resurrection. Your peace passes all understanding. When I allow myself to...
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May 20

May 20, 2019

John 14:21-26 Jesus reiterates the relational aspect of the commandments. He and the Father will only be revealed to those who are open to a loving relationship with him and through him with the Father. Send down your Spirit, O God. I cannot do anything on my own. I need to be constantly taught and reminded of your will for me. This content...
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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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