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Daily Reading and Prayer

July 2021

Jul 25

July 25, 2021

Jn 6:1-15 Jesus is prepared to feed the crowd gathered but asks his disciples for their thoughts. Neither Philip nor Andrew understand the possibility and respond somewhat negatively. Jesus accepts the meager amount of food from the little boy. Ceremoniously Jesus takes, blesses, breaks and shares. There is enough for all. And with the help of...
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Jul 24

July 24, 2021

Mt 13:24-30 It seems natural to want to pull the weeds lest they infect the wheat. Jesus tells the disciples that they must remember that God alone knows what is in people’s hearts. At any point those who choose evil could turn to him. God, the harvester and sifter, is the final judge. All too often, I stand in judgment of those human...
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Jul 23

July 23, 2021

Mt 13:18-23 Jesus’ explanation of the parable invites the disciples to a deeper level of understanding. He states the obvious but then explains why the seed does or does not grow. The seed of the word of the God will not take root in those who are ignorant, superficial, or conflicted within. I want so much to be instrumental in helping...
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Jul 22

July 22, 2021

Jn 20:1-2, 11-18 Mary’s grief is compounded by her discovery. She remains at the tomb after having alerted Peter and John. Mary’s exchange with the angels inside the tomb is followed by her encounter with Jesus. At first, she does not recognize him but he calls her by name and she knows. Mary, the apostle to the apostles returns to...
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Jul 21

July 21, 2021

Mt 13:1-9 Jesus tells the crowd the parable of the sower comparing and contrasting seed wasted with seed that bares rich fruit. Jesus’ mission is to spread the love and mercy of the Father. Some people ignore him, others reject him. Those who hear his word and act on it will live in the love of God. I pray for a heartfelt desire to read...
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Jul 20

July 20, 2021

Mt 12:46-50 In this Gospel passage Jesus turns the understanding of family upside down. Society in his time places a very high value on blood relationship. Jesus challenges this by saying that spiritual relationship comes before blood relationships. Family consists of those who do the will of God. I know God’s view of the world does not...
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Jul 19

July 19, 2021

Mt 12:38-42 What Jesus has said and done is not enough for the scribes and Pharisees. They want more though it is abundantly clear that nothing will lead them to faith, even the greatest sign to come, Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus recounts stories of those who were not Jewish but demonstrated greater faith than the scribes and...
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Jul 18

July 18, 2021

Mk 6:30-34 The apostles have so much to tell Jesus about their mission. He knows that they were tired and need rest. He suggests they go off in a boat together but their downtime is not to be. A crowd is waiting for them. In that moment their need is greater than the needs of the Twelve. Ministry often means “no rest for the weary.”...
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Jul 17

July 17, 2021

Mt 12:14-21 The opposition to Jesus is intensifying. Jesus is aware but it does not stop him. It seems that Matthew pauses in the Gospel to cite the first Servant Song from Isaiah. In the face of persecution, Jesus remains the meek and humble servant of the Lord. The citation ends with the foretelling of his mission to the gentiles. Your power...
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Jul 16

July 16, 2021

Mt 12:1-8 It is the Sabbath. The disciples are hungry so they reach for what food is readily accessible. The Pharisees protest. It is the Sabbath and what the disciples are doing is considered work. Jesus responds as the authoritative interpreter of Scripture with a detailed explanation about that which is the heart of the Jewish law, the...
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Jul 15

July 15, 2021

Mt 11:28-30 The scribes and Pharisees by confusing and complicating the law have burdened the people with a heavy and cumbersome yoke. Jesus authoritatively interprets the law, inviting all who listen to come to him to be refreshed. He offers an invitation to discipleship; a life lived loving and serving God and neighbor. Why do I make that...
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Jul 14

July 14, 2021

Mt 11:25-27 Jesus in his prayer to his Father, offers praise and thanks for God’s revealing God’s self to those who are childlike, open to listening and to change, in contrast to those whose hearts are hardened. Jesus goes on to speak about his relationship with his Father. It is a perfect union into which Jesus invites all who...
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Jul 13

July 13, 2021

Mt 11:20-24 Jesus warns the Galilean cities. Their rejection of him, rejection of his Father will have consequences as has happened in the past. Are the mighty deeds he has done not enough for them to know him and to turn to him? Rejection of you is so clear in this ongoing period of anger, repression and division. What will it take for us to...
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Jul 12

July 12, 2021

Mt 10:34—11:1 Jesus’ sayings seem harsh but in fact need to be. The demands of discipleship are radical. Jesus tells his disciples that the conflict they face may very well include conflict with family. No relationship, even that of blood relatives outweighs the disciple’s relationship with Jesus and his mission. My family and...
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Jul 11

July 11, 2021

Mk 6:7-13 Jesus’ instructions are concise and clear, beginning with the understanding that they are not to go alone but “two by two.” Pack light he tells them and rely on those who welcome them for food and shelter. With Jesus’ authority, they preach and heal, carrying on his mission. Your mission lives on as you summon,...
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Jul 10

July 10, 2021

Mt 10:24-33 Jesus reassures his apostles. They do not need to be afraid. The kingdom of God will come and the unbelievers will be revealed. Those who oppose them may destroy their bodies but not their souls. They will be judged by their fidelity to the mission. Sometimes, I am my own undoing. I let fear and anxiety get the best of me. All the...
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Jul 9

July 9, 2021

Mt 10:16-23 Jesus final instructions to his disciples concern the difficulties they will face for their commitment and fidelity. They will suffer rejection and persecution even death from both enemies and friends. They must remember that throughout God is with them and when necessary will speak for them. With him they will endure. I need to...
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Jul 8

July 8, 2021

Mt 10:7-15 The Twelve have followed and learned from Jesus. Now they are to go out and make disciples. Their mission is the extension of Jesus’ mission. If they are rejected they are not to react with anger or violence. They are to move on, trusting in God. We pray for all who are called and sent out, that they rely on the Holy Spirit for...
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Jul 7

July 7, 2021

Mt 10:1-7 Jesus compassion and care for his people is evident by the numerous healings that have taken place. It is time for others to become active in the work. From his disciples Jesus chooses the Twelve who are to be “sent out” with authority over diseases and demons. Your own people rejected you but you did not abandon them. I...
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Jul 6

July 6, 2021

Mt 9:32-38 Jesus heals a man who is mute. There are varied reactions to this healing. Some are amazed at this incredible act while others, the Pharisees especially, see that it could only be attributed to demons. Jesus and the disciples continue on their journey preaching and healing. There are laborers needed for there is much work to be done....
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Jul 5

July 5, 2021

Mt 9:18-26 Both the official and the woman are motivated by faith to ask the impossible of Jesus. The official’s daughter is brought back to life and the woman cured, proof of God’s gracious love and Jesus’ authority over death and suffering. “In you O God, I place my trust.” I am not as good at giving things over...
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Jul 4

July 4, 2021

Mk 6:1-6 Jesus returns home to Nazareth and on the Sabbath he teaches in the synagogue. Those listening recognize him but cannot imagine he can perform miracles. Amazed at their lack of faith, Jesus and his disciples decide to move on. Loving God, you chose to be with us, to be one of us. Your beginnings were so simple, your human life so...
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Jul 3

July 3, 2021

Jn 20:24-29 Thomas wants proof. Jesus does not fault him for his doubts but rather offers him what he needs. Jesus is willing to meet Thomas where he is. His acceptance of Thomas’s human weakness helps him grow in faith as evidenced by his profession. Was Thomas the only one who doubted or was he the only one willing to admit his doubt? I...
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Jul 2

July 2, 2021

Mt 9:9-13 Despite the fact that Matthew is deemed by others to be a sinner because of his occupation, Jesus calls him to be a disciple and to follow him. The Pharisees are further irritated by Jesus’ dining with Matthew and other “sinners.” Jesus speaks to them about the inclusivity of God’s love and mercy. You hold me in...
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Jul 1

July 1, 2021

Mt 9:1-8 Jesus is moved by the faith of those who bring the paralyzed man to him hoping for their friend’s healing. Jesus consoles the man and then heals him physically and spiritually. Through what he says and what he does, Jesus establishes his divine authority. The grumbling of the scribes does not affect the reaction of those who...
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