Daily Reading and Prayer

October 2018

Oct 20

October 20, 2018

Luke 12:8-12   Jesus and the Father are one. To accept one is to accept both. To deny one is to deny both. Jesus tells his disciples not to be afraid if they are challenged and persecuted. The Holy Spirit will be with them when they are called to defend their faith. Spirit of the Living God, even in the darkest and most challenging times I...
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Oct 19

October 19, 2018

Luke 12:1-7   Do not be afraid, Jesus tells his disciples in today’s gospel. He comforts and reassures them. They must not let their fears keep them from openly living their faith. Though their bodies may die, their spirits will live eternally. Lord, I place my fears in your hands, confident that you will show me the way to live...
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Oct 18

October 18, 2018

Luke 10:1-9 The Twelve were sent on a previous mission, and now Jesus is sending 72 ahead of him to prepare the way. They are to bring a spirit of humility and openness and to offer peace to those whose households they enter. There will be many challenges, but if they remain completely dependent on him, they will have all that they need.  ...
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Oct 17

October 17, 2018

Luke 11:42-46 Jesus rails against the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. They offer tithes not to serve the poor but to mask injustice and their lack of charity. He accuses the lawyers of using God’s law to oppress and abuse the people. You have called me to your holy work, Lord. Help me to be just and charitable and to stand against injustice....
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Oct 16

October 16, 2018

Luke 11:37-41 Jesus offers a strong challenge to the Pharisees who ask him why his disciples don’t perform the ritual washing before the meal. They may have clean hands, but do they have clean hearts? The internal disposition of a person is more important, and it directs external actions. Help me to love those to whom I am only able to...
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Oct 15

October 15, 2018

Luke 11:29-32 The people are asking for another sign of Jesus’ spiritual authority. He should be sign enough, yet he draws upon the examples of Jonah and Solomon. Jonah preached about salvation. The Ninevites listened and reformed their lives. The Queen of Sheba sought out Solomon, anxious to learn from him. Now before them is someone far...
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Oct 14

October 14, 2018

Mark 10:17-30 Jesus tells the rich man that there is more to gaining eternal life than keeping the commandments. The man realizes that discipleship is more than he bargained for. He is bound by earthly things and cannot let go. The man is saddened by the reality and walks away. Jesus turns to his disciples and reminds them that following him...
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Oct 13

October 13, 2018

Luke 11:27-28 To be truly blessed has more to do with our spiritual relationship with God then with physical health. In this very brief passage from Luke’s Gospel, we receive a powerful message about Mary’s discipleship as it relates to our own. For Mary, hearing the word of God and keeping it is far more significant than her...
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Oct 12

October 12, 2018

Luke 11:15-26 Jesus’ words and deeds amaze the crowds. Though they all witness the same thing—a demon being cast out of a person—they are divided. Some stand with him; some against him. Seemingly none of them understand Jesus’ act of power, a sign of the Kingdom. Lord, help me to stand firmly with you at all times and to...
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Oct 11

October 11, 2018

Luke 11:5-13 We ask. We seek. We knock. Though we may not recognize the answer, we are assured that God always responds to our prayer by giving us what is best for us, what we need rather than what we want. Lord let me be ever mindful that you hear my petitions, you answer my prayer. Help me to understand your answer and to follow where you...
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Oct 10

October 10, 2018

Luke 11:1-4 The disciples knew that Jesus gave top priority to prayer. Prayer is the way to a proper relationship with the Father. They ask Jesus to teach them to do the same. Rather than instruct them he models the perfect prayer. I pray the prayer that Jesus taught. Show me, Lord, how to live it; to make holy your name and to share your name...
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Oct 9

October 9, 2018

Luke 10:38-42   This is the story of two sisters, one of whom is intent on serving their guest, while the other is intent on listening to their guest. The work of each is good and valuable. In order to serve the Lord, one must first listen to God’s Word. I begin so many days with a list of tasks I must accomplish. I launch into doing...
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Oct 8

October 8, 2018

Luke 10:25-37   It is one thing to know the law, and another to live it as God intends. Jesus illustrates this through the familiar story about what it means to love God by loving neighbor. Remarkably, a Samaritan, despised by the Jews, does what the Jewish leaders avoid doing. “Who isn’t my neighbor, Lord?” I know the...
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Oct 7

October 7, 2018

Mark 10:2-16 Mark makes it quite clear that the Pharisees are testing Jesus. They want to know what school of thought about marriage and divorce he embraces. Jesus answers by going to the root of the matter. He then turns to the children. The disciples attempt to turn them away, but Jesus calls them to him. Because of their utter dependence and...
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Oct 6

October 6, 2018

Luke 10:17-24 The disciples return amazed by what had taken place on the mission. They have truly been empowered, and they rejoice at their ability to stand against evil. Jesus reminds them to keep things in perspective: Through him, they have brought the good news. Jesus is moved to prayer and praise of the Father.   My perspective is...
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Oct 5

October 5, 2018

Luke 10:13-16 Jesus has a stern warning to those who close their minds and hearts to the good news of the Kingdom of God. To reject him is to reject God, and for that there are dire consequences.   For those so distracted by life and living that they cannot hear, we pray. For those who hear but refuse to listen, we pray.   This content...
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Oct 4

October 4, 2018

Luke 10:1-12 The Twelve were sent on a previous mission, and now Jesus is sending 72 ahead of him to prepare the way. They are to bring a spirit of humility and openness and to offer peace to those whose households they enter. There will be many challenges, but as long as they remain completely dependent on him they will have all that they need....
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Oct 3

October 3, 2018

Luke 9:57-62 The “would-be” followers of Jesus are represented by one who states clearly that he will follow as soon as his earthly responsibilities are taken care of. Jesus makes it clear that the journey is more than geographical; it is a way of life that often requires letting go of earthly ties. I want to follow you but am afraid...
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Oct 2

October 2, 2018

Matthew 18: 1-5, 10 The disciples want to know who is the greatest. Jesus answers by pointing to a child and urging them to become like children. This must have been a puzzling answer since children had no status in society, yet adopting the humble nature of a child is key to a place in God’s Kingdom. Angel of God, my guardian dear, to...
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Oct 1

October 1, 2018

Luke 9:46-50 In an attempt to bring light to his disciples’ concern about status, Jesus places a child beside him. Children are helpless and do not have status in society, yet they are the greatest in the eyes of God. The disciple’s lack of understanding is evident by their petty remarks about the works of disciples who are outside...
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A spiritual reflection on the daily readings that help cultivate a pattern of daily prayer and a deepening relationship with God