Daily Reading and Prayer

October 2021

Oct 15

October 15, 2021

Lk 12:1-7   Jesus begins by cautioning first his disciples about the duplicity of the pharisees. In contrast, he speaks of God’s love and care for each one of them. God knows their every thought, their hopes, their fears. In that, God is with them therefore they must not be afraid.   There are times when turning to you when I am...
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Oct 14

October 14, 2021

Lk 11:47-54 In today’s Gospel, Jesus continues his harsh judgment of his host and all gathered at the table. He condemns the practices of their ancestors who murdered the prophets. This insulting rebuke turns the tide and the anger and animosity of the Jewish leaders propels them to action. You did not back down in the face if danger. What...
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Oct 13

October 13, 2021

Lk 11:42-46 Jesus continues to chastise and challenge the Pharisees. They are pretentious and self-absorbed. Though they tithe, the Pharisees are not at all attentive to matters of justice and charity. They look out for themselves while overlooking the needs of others. Jesus also admonishes the scribes for placing heavy burdens on people without...
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Oct 12

October 12, 2021

Lk 11:37-41 Jesus responds to his host’s criticism by chastising the Pharisees. What they do externally is not indicative of their intentions. They may have clean hands but do they have clean hearts? He tells them to open their hearts to the needs of others and they will be truly clean.   I pray that charity and justice drive the...
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Oct 11

October 11, 2021

Lk 11:29-32 Jesus speaks to the demand for more signs by saying that he should be sign enough. He reminds them of Jonah whose preaching moved the Ninevites to repent and Solomon’s wisdom that drew the attention of a great queen. And now the Son of God stands before them. I pray for all those who do not see who you are and accept you. Oh...
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Oct 10

October 10, 2021

Mk 10:17-30 Riches were believed to be a sign of God’s favor. The man realizes that discipleship is more than following the precepts of the law. He is bound by earthly things and cannot let go. Jesus turns to his disciples and reminds them that great sacrifice comes with following him. I am afraid to ask what it means to “give up...
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Oct 9

October 9, 2021

Lk 11:27-28   We know how much Jesus loved his mother, Mary but even she would have supported her son in his response. Jesus’ mission goes beyond kinship. True blessedness, deep down happiness, comes from hearing God’s word and living it out.   I am grateful for the times when I have felt that deep down happiness because I...
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Oct 8

October 8, 2021

Lk 11:15-26 Some who witnessed Jesus casting out the demon seriously misinterpret his action. Others ask that he do more to convince them of the origin of his power. Their divisions are their undoing. Jesus responds to their suspicions and hardness of heart by telling them that his power comes from the “finger of God.” There are...
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Oct 7

October 7, 2021

Lk 11:5-13 Jesus continues his teachings on prayer with the story of the midnight visitor followed by a series of sayings, a strong admonition to persevere. Their prayers will be answered by a loving and generous father who does not necessarily give what they ask for but who always gives what they need.   Loving God, I know what I want. You...
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Oct 6

October 6, 2021

Lk 11:1-4   The disciples realize that Jesus’ relationship with his Father is nurtured and strengthened through prayer. They ask Jesus to teach them to pray. Luke’s form of the Lord’s Prayer is not as long as Matthew’s, but the structure and content are basically the same, which echoes Jesus’ original...
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Oct 5

October 5, 2021

Lk 10:38-42 This is the story of two sisters, one intent upon serving their guest and the other intent upon listening to their guest. The work of each is good and valuable. The point not to be missed is that in order to serve the Lord, one must first listen to God’s Word. For me, being busy is often a way of avoiding just being still....
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Oct 4

October 4, 2021

Lk 10:25-37 Jesus expounds upon love of God and neighbor as prescribed in the Torah. A disciple is to love beyond blood relationship and kinsmen. The Samaritans were despised by the Jews and yet it is a Samaritan who performs the loving service avoided by the Jewish leaders. Through this parable Jesus is telling the lawyer that God’s love...
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Oct 3

October 3, 2021

Mk 10:2-16 The Pharisees think they are putting Jesus to the test. In fact, Jesus points out that Moses was speaking from an awareness of the people’s closed minds. Jesus then goes on to tell them about God’s will for marriage. I really do want to be more accepting of your kingdom in my mind and in my heart to be dependent on you and...
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Oct 2

October 2, 2021

Mt 18:1-5, 10 Imagine the disciple’s surprise at Jesus calling a child to his side in response to their question. Children have no social standing and are completely dependent upon their parents. In a similar way the disciples must depend upon and completely trust God. Dearest Guardian Angel, you were an integral part of my faith life as a...
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Oct 1

October 1, 2021

Lk 10:13-16   The Twelve have gone on mission and now the seventy-two are sent out. Bringing the Good News is at the heart of being a part of God’s kingdom. It is good but does not come without challenge. The call to repentance is a vital part of the proclamation and if not heard or worse, rejected there will be consequences.  ...
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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