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Daily Reading and Prayer

March 2020

Mar 29

March 29, 2020

Jn 11:1-45 Again, we see Martha the pragmatist and Mary the contemplative. Jesus’ love for his friends and heartfelt sadness over Lazarus’s passing is evident. He cries for his friend. But death has no power over Jesus who is both resurrection and life. We pray for all the elect as they experience the Third Scrutiny. Forgive them,...
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Mar 28

March 28, 2020

Jn 7:40-53 The opinions about Jesus vary. Some call him a prophet while others in the crowd acknowledge that he is the Christ. Even the guards speak of Jesus in a positive light and Nicodemus encourages his fellow Pharisees to learn more about him. None of this sways them. They are determined to bring Jesus down. Not once did you strike back as...
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Mar 27

March 27, 2020

Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 By going to the Temple for the feast, Jesus puts himself at risk. He goes in order to continue his mission, the work of his Father. Jesus draws attention to himself by speaking openly. An attempt to arrest him fails. The time for that has not yet come. It is so difficult to see the cruelty and injustice of the world. I look...
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Mar 26

March 26, 2020

Jn 5:31-47 Jesus tells the Jews that if he testifies for himself they won’t listen. John testified on Jesus’ behalf and some listened if only for a little while. With all their knowledge of Scripture, they do not even listen to the words of his Father whose testimony is the truth. I pray for patience with those who ignore, or worse,...
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Mar 25

March 25, 2020

Lk 1:26-38 Mary is “full of grace” as God willed her to be. She plays a vital role in salvation. Mary is taken aback by the angel’s announcement and yet, humbly accepts God’s invitation. From the very beginning, Mary is the model disciple. Anxiety and fear sometimes get in the way of my doing your will. Help me to trust...
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Mar 24

March 24, 2020

Jn 5:1-16 Water is an important part of all of today’s readings, significant given the Lenten theme of the living water of baptism. A man who has been ill for a very long time waits at this place with water known for its healing power. Though he is unable to get into the water, he is healed by Jesus’ word. How sad it is when people...
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Mar 23

March 23, 2020

Jn 4:43-54 Jesus leaves his home. He returns to the place of the first miracle and is approached by an official whose son is near death. The son is healed not by touch but by Jesus’ word. Because of this, the official and his entire household came to faith. Creator God, in the beginning it was your Word that brought about all creation. It...
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Mar 22

March 22, 2020

Jn 9:1-41 There is a great deal of detail in John’s Gospel on this Fourth Sunday of Lent and yet the message is simple. Jesus is the light for both physical and spiritual blindness. To believe in him is what is necessary. The blind man sees and believes what the Jewish people cannot. We pray for the elect who continue to examine...
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Mar 21

March 21, 2020

Lk 18:9-14 Jesus brings comfort and challenge in this parable. He contrasts the humility of the tax collector with the self-righteousness of the Pharisee. While the Pharisee boasts of his holiness, he looks with distain at the tax collector. At the same time the tax collector acknowledges his sinfulness and asks for mercy. Lord God, there are...
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Mar 20

March 20, 2020

Mk 12:28-34 Jesus’ responds to the scribe’s question with two passages, one from Deuteronomy and the other Leviticus. The two become one, the Greatest Commandment. Jesus acknowledges the scribe’s sincerity by telling him he is not far from the kingdom. St. John of the Cross tells us we will be judged on how well we have loved....
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Mar 19

March 19, 2020

Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24A On this Solemnity of St. Joseph, Matthew offers insight into the character of Joseph. He was a good and faithful Jewish man. In the most difficult circumstances, he thought not of himself but of Mary. He listened with his heart and was willing to step out in faith no matter the risk. Though little is known about you, St....
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Mar 18

March 18, 2020

Mt 5:17-19 Jesus tells the crowds that he has no intention of abolishing the law rather to fulfill it. This particular Gospel passage is preceded by the Beatitudes, the heart of the Commandments and followed by the antitheses, “you have heard it said … but I say,” a reference to the deeper and true meaning of the law as God...
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Mar 17

March 17, 2020

Mt 18:21-35 Jesus tells Peter that though it has been the custom, they must not set limits to forgiveness. The parable makes clear God’s compassion but also emphasizes that forgiveness will not be given to those unwilling to forgive. Lord I want to return to you with my whole heart just as I want to forgive others with my whole heart. St....
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Mar 16

March 16, 2020

Lk 4:24-30 Jesus infuriates the people in the synagogue at Nazareth, his hometown. He compares himself to Elijah and Elisha, two great prophets. They too not accepted by their own ministered to the needs of non-Israelites. Lord, may I always have a heart to hear and obey your words.   This content comes to you from Our Sunday Visitor...
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Mar 15

March 15, 2020

Jn 4:5-42 In this story from John’s Gospel, the woman waits until the heat of the day to draw water to avoid contact with others. The feelings of ill will between the Jews and the Samaritans are long standing. The woman encounters Jesus, an encounter that brings her to faith. How blest I am to have the opportunity to encounter you in Word,...
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Mar 14

March 14, 2020

Lk 15:1-3, 11-32 The central figure in Jesus’ story about the father and his sons initially seems to be the wasteful and extravagant son. The younger son’s return is an important part of the story but the father’s extravagant mercy, a reflection of God’s love, is the heart of the parable. To know that no matter what, you...
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Mar 13

March 13, 2020

Mt 21:33-43, 45-46 The Jewish leaders, religious and political, are in the spotlight in this parable. They are not caring for Israel as God intended. God sends prophets, all rejected and his only Son who suffers and dies at their hands. There are times when it is fitting to stand against those who reject you and there are times when we can do...
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Mar 12

March 12, 2020

Lk 16:19-31 Jeremiah contrasts people who trust in humanity with those who trust in God alone. In Luke’s Gospel the stark contrast is depicted through a poor man living on the fringes of society and a self-absorbed rich man. In the end how they live their lives on earth leads each one to his experience of eternity. May I be ever mindful of...
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Mar 11

March 11, 2020

Mt 20:17-28   In this most detailed prediction, Jesus will suffer at the hands of both the Jews and the Gentiles. Crucifixion is specifically named as the mode of death. Status in the kingdom was brought up previously by the disciples. This time it is a mother who asks on behalf of her sons. Jesus makes it very clear that it is not he who...
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Mar 10

March 10, 2020

Mt 23:1-12 It seems that Jesus is cautioning his disciples about the Jewish leaders. “Do what they say, but not what they do.” What they say is in keeping with God’s law but what they do is their self-centered interpretation. A good leader is to be a humble servant. I pray to know what it means in every circumstance to...
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Mar 9

March 9, 2020

Lk 6:36-38 Jesus gives the disciples a very important message about relationship. He calls them to be compassionate, to give and forgive rather than judge and condemn. They will be repaid beyond measure for the Father’s generosity exceeds all expectations. You are “great and awesome,” God. You call me to be what you created me...
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Mar 8

March 8, 2020

Mt 17:1-9 Peter, James and John are again traveling with Jesus, this time up the mountain. They have heard his unsettling prediction of his passion. Now they are given the gift of seeing him in his glory. Peter wants to hold on to that moment. God’s voice is heard a second time. God repeats what he said at Jesus’ baptism but now ads,...
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Mar 7

March 7, 2020

Mt 5:43-48 This final antithesis is for many the most challenging. Jesus tells his disciples that they must not act in the same way their enemies might act. They are to treat all others as God wills as opposed to the inclination of their human nature. The words “Easier said than done” come to mind. Clearly, I forget that you O God...
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Mar 6

March 6, 2020

Mt 5:20-26 Matthew’s Gospel today is a continuation of the Sermon on the Mount and the first of six antitheses, through which Jesus contrasts the piety and holiness, ascribed to by the Jewish leaders the reality of the teaching. Jesus’ teaching of God’s wil is radical and demanding. The scribes just don’t get it. I pray...
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Mar 5

March 5, 2020

Mt 7:7-12 Jesus tells his disciples to pray to God with confidence and hope. God knows what his people need and answers accordingly, though God’s ways do not always fall in our time frame nor are they what we expect or want. God loves us and asks us to care for and love one another. When I look back I see your love for me, Father, in the...
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Mar 4

March 4, 2020

Lk 11:29-32 Jesus is being asked to prove his authority by ramping up the profound teachings and powerful healings. He responds to skepticism by referring back to notable figures of the Old Testament and tells the crowd that the Gentiles will be judged as being more open to God then they are. Sadly, some things never change. This present...
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Mar 3

March 3, 2020

Mt 6:7-15 Prayer must not be offered in order to gain attention or win praise. Though not perfect, the disposition and intention must be genuine. Jesus provides a model with words of praise and petitions raised up to the Father, our Father. I thank you for the desire and discipline you have given me to make time with you an important part of my...
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Mar 2

March 2, 2020

Mt 25: 31-46 The words of Jesus in this Gospel are a direct challenge to all humanity. It is clear that everyone without exception will in the end be judged according to the kindness and love shown to those who are poor, disenfranchised, suffering in any way. I pray that my words and actions are in accord with your will not because I fear...
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Mar 1

March 1, 2020

Mt 4:1-11 Temptation, sin, forgiveness and mercy are prominent themes throughout the readings for the first Sunday of Lent. The Gospel is a beautiful account of the Son of God’s willingness to enter into the world of good and evil. As hoped for and expected Jesus remains obedient to the will of the Father. I acknowledge that though I am a...
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