Daily Reading and Prayer

May 2018

May 23

May 23, 2018

Mark 9:38-40 John and others are deliberately excluding those outside their circle who are driving out demons in Jesus’ name. Jesus challenges the disciples to be more inclusive of all whose intent is to do that which is good. We pray that we may all be one, but until that day may we be respectful of one another, focusing less on our...
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May 22

May 22, 2018

Mark 9:30-37 Instead of trying to come to an understanding about what Jesus is telling them in this second prediction, the disciples get caught up in themselves, arguing about who is the greatest. Jesus brings a little child to the center of the conversation and tells them that they need first the humility of a child. Awaken the child in me....
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May 21

May 21, 2018

Mark 9:14-29 The story of the healing of the boy is long with great attention to detail. However, the message is simple and very clear. Faith and trust make all things possible, and prayer is the means by which one grows in both. Even the disciples struggled. My unbelief outweighs my belief. Fear is always in the way. Help me to let go and grow...
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May 20

May 20, 2018

John 20:19-23 The disciples are hiding behind locked doors. Jesus appears in their midst and twice offers them words of peace. It is now time for them to come out of hiding and go out to continue the mission he began. Jesus breathes on them in the same way the Father breathed life into the first human. They are filled with his Spirit. I was an...
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May 19

May 19, 2018

John 21:20-25 Though not thought to be the original conclusion to John’s Gospel, these passages provide some insight into the significance of the Beloved Disciple to the Christian community. John’s eyewitness testimony lives on. Beloved Disciple, you knew him and loved him with your whole heart, without question or doubt. I pray to...
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May 18

May 18, 2018

John 21:15-19 This beautiful exchange between Peter and the risen Lord is Peter’s opportunity for public repentance. Three times he denied knowing Jesus. Three times he professes his love for him. Jesus’ role as shepherd is now passed on to Peter, and he too will lay down his life. I know that, like Peter, I am weak. I also know that...
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May 17

May 17, 2018

John 17:20-26 Jesus continues his prayer, directing his words to the Father on behalf of his future disciples. He prays that they may be united. That unity, modeled on the union between Jesus and the Father, will make the mission most effective. Jesus’ disciples will be recognized by their love for one another and followed because of that...
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May 16

May 16, 2018

John 17: 11B-19 Jesus’ prayer to the Father on behalf of his disciples is heartfelt and very specific. Unite them. Protect them. Keep them from evil. Make them holy. Lord, unite us. Protect us. Keep us from evil. Sanctify us in your truth. This content comes to you from Our Sunday Visitor courtesy of your parish or diocese.
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May 15

May 15, 2018

John 17:1-11A Jesus prays directly to the Father in words reminiscent of the “Our Father” but much more in depth, intimate, and personal. Then he prays as intercessor for his disciples, present and future. Though still in the world he is poised between heaven and earth.  May I be worthy of your prayer and be open to your will...
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May 14

May 14, 2018

John 15:9-17 The greatest commandment and an understanding about sacrificial love are critical to the life of a disciple, in Jesus’ time, in John’s community, and today. Judas did not understand this, but Saint Matthias did. St. Matthias, intercede for us as we strive to live out the greatest commandment, to love. This content comes...
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May 13

May 13, 2018

John 17:11B-19 Jesus’ departure is imminent. In final preparation, he prays, and his prayers are very specific. Using similar wording to the prayer he taught his disciples, he prays for their protection from the “evil one.” Though it often seems hopeless, we believe that your light shines in the darkness, and goodness will...
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May 12

May 12, 2018

John 16:23B-28 In continuing to talk about his leaving the disciples, Jesus uses somewhat veiled language. He tells them that soon all that he has said will come to pass. He reminds them that because of their relationship with him and their love for him, they are loved by the Father. We pray for all those persecuted for their faith that they...
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May 11

May 11, 2018

John 16:20-23 Jesus tells his disciples that when he leaves life will go on as usual for the world, but they will feel lost in grief and despair. But like the mother in labor forgets the pain once she has her newborn child in her arms, their joy at seeing him in glory will cause them to forget their suffering. I pray for all who grieve the loss...
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May 10

May 10, 2018

Mark 16:15-20 The eleven are sent out to proclaim the gospel to the whole world. They are to speak and act in Jesus’ name. They will do extraordinary things at great risk but have nothing to fear for they are not alone. I can think of a number of times when you told me to go in a direction that I never imagined. I told you no, and you...
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May 9

May 9, 2018

John 16:12-15 The Advocate, the Spirit who will come to them soon after Jesus leaves, will speak the truth to the disciples, in their hearts and through inspired writers and preachers. Jesus spoke the truth to the disciples in the flesh. He will no longer be with them in the flesh. He will be with them in the Spirit speaking the truth through...
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May 8

May 8, 2018

John 16:5-11 Jesus tells the disciples he is going, but they must not grieve their loss because, in fact, it is gain. He will send the Advocate who will prosecute the world for its disbelief. And though he dies the death of a criminal, it is the means by which he goes to the Father in glory. I know that I must trust your plan for me in the same...
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May 7

May 7, 2018

John 15:26-16:4A Amidst the world’s hostility and persecution, the Advocate will come to bear witness to Jesus through the disciples. Jesus’ departure makes possible the coming of the Spirit, who will empower and guide them. “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me” this day and all the days to come. This content...
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May 6

May 6, 2018

John 15:9-17 The second reading from the First Letter of John, the Gospel Acclamation, and the Gospel all direct us to the heart of John’s message, Jesus’ message: Love and intimacy with Jesus Christ trumps everything. I am mindful of all those who have never felt loved. May they be open to you, God, the source of love. This content...
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May 5

May 5, 2018

John 15:18-21 Jesus tells the disciples that the price of discipleship is very high. Though living in the world they must not be of the world. Because their words and works will all be in the name of Jesus, they too will be ignored, despised, and persecuted. There is a fine line between being “in” and being “of” the...
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May 4

May 4, 2018

John 15:12-17 Jesus tells his disciples that the model of love is to sacrifice one’s life for his friends. As has been made clear, those with him do not yet understand the limitless love he has for them nor do they understand what is expected of them in the work ahead. I am sure I alone am not capable of sacrificing myself and my life for...
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May 3

May 3, 2018

John 14:6-14 Jesus tells Thomas that he is the way to the Father. Phillip wants to see the Father. Jesus makes it clear that his words and his works are the words and works of the Father. He then turns attention to the disciples by telling them that he is their advocate. They need only ask in Jesus’ name, and they will be able to do what...
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May 2

May 2, 2018

John 15:1-8 Like the Old Testament allegory of the vine this Gospel holds up 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 the disciples. It is a love both mutual and reciprocal. For John the love...
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May 1

May 1, 2108

John 14:27-31A Jesus’ discourses in John’s gospel end on a hopeful note. Though his disciples remain troubled about what is ahead, Jesus consoles them by offering them peace, the peace that comes through his love of the Father poured out to them. All that he has told them and what he tells them now will help them understand his...
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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