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Daily Reading and Prayer

January 2018

Jan 31

January 31, 2018

Mark 6:1-6 They thought they knew him, Mary’s son, the carpenter. Perhaps their memory of him was in the context of his humble beginnings. That memory is not consistent with their experience of him in the synagogue, and they could not get past that. Though they were astonished by his words and deeds, they lacked faith. Lord I need to...
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Jan 30

January 30, 2018

Mark 5:21-43 The two stories of encounter in today’s gospel are intertwined to show a common purpose. Each involves one seeking Jesus, known to be a healer. The seekers, Jairus and the woman, driven by faith, confidently approach Jesus. Because of their faith, the child is brought back to life and the woman healed. You are in front of me,...
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Jan 29

January 29, 2018

Mark 5:1-20 Jesus and his disciples travel by boat to Gentile territory. Mark’s story of Jesus casting out demons is very detailed and ends with an unexpected twist. This poor man has lived a lonely miserable existence; once restored to wholeness, he wants to accompany Jesus. Jesus tells him to be his disciple by going home and telling his...
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Jan 28

January 28, 2018

Mark 1:21-28 Jesus’ works are powerful, and his words are spoken with a confidence that shows his authority. It is beyond anything the Jewish leaders have said or done, and the people are astonished and amazed. Though not an eyewitness, the words of Scripture allow me to enter into the story as if I was there. You have the words of...
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Jan 27

January 27, 2018

Mark 4:35-41 After all the disciples had heard and seen, they cannot imagine that Jesus would sleep through this terrifying storm. It doesn’t seem to take much to test their faith. Do they really know him? The disciple’s understanding is limited; their faith is weak and for the most part will be until they have the lens of the...
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Jan 26

January 26, 2018

Mark 4:26-34 We have no control over the coming of the Kingdom in the same way the sleeping farmer has no control over the seeds he has scattered. It is God’s work. God’s kingdom can grow and develop from the least likely beginning, like the tiny mustard seed that grows into a great bush. You are God, and I am not. I am one of your...
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Jan 25

January 25, 2018

Mark 16:15-18 Today’s Gospel is part of what is known as the “Longer Ending” of Mark’s Gospel. It is immediately proceeded by concise narrations of Jesus’ appearance to Mary Magdalene and to the two on the road. It concludes with Jesus’ appearance to the eleven, when he formally sends them out to continue his...
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Jan 24

January 24, 2017

Mark 4:1-20 Parables are similes or metaphors that draw themes from nature or the common life of the people. They invite the listeners to doubt and question their ways and ultimately call them to God’s way. The Parable of the Sower speaks to the faith and belief of an individual and of a community. It is the heart of Jesus’ mission....
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Jan 24

February 7, 2018

Mark 7:14-23 The Gospel reading today picks up from yesterday’s. The disciples still don’t understand. Jesus uses a short parable to go deeper into the understanding that dietary laws have nothing to do with what is in a person’s heart. It is not how or what a person eats that makes them clean or unclean. What is most important...
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Jan 23

January 23, 2017

Mark 3:31-35 This passage in Mark’s Gospel is clearly intended as continuation of his response to the blasphemous scribes. It is not important that he has blood relatives present. Jesus tells the crowd that, more than family ties, doing God’s will is what is necessary to be part of Jesus’ family, the kingdom of God. I realize...
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Jan 22

January 22, 2018

Mark 3:22-30 The Scribes are no match for Jesus. They launch what they likely think is the ultimate attack, claiming Jesus is possessed by the evil one. His strong response cleverly turns the spotlight back on them, a house divided. We pray for all who suffer injustice, especially the unborn. Protect them, Lord, and change the minds and hearts...
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Jan 21

January 21, 2018 –

Mark 1:14-20 The messenger, John, is gone, but the message endures. Jesus proclaims the will of his Father, that all open themselves to God through him and embrace the law of love. He then calls the first disciples to journey with him proclaiming the Good News. I pray to be a worthy messenger of the gospel call to love and serve. This content...
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Jan 20

January 20, 2018

Mark 3:20-21 Jesus returns home. Crowds gather making it impossible for him to rest and eat. Even his relatives, though concerned for him and his well-being, cannot help but think he is "out of his mind." I think about that saying, "You can't go home again." I suppose that is a natural consequence of being sent on the journey...
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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