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Daily Reading and Prayer

May 2021

May 31

May 31, 2021

Lk 1:39-56 Mary is led by God’s Spirit to visit her cousin. These two women have both miraculously conceived and yet, remain humble and faithful. Elizabeth honors Mary for her “yes” and Mary praises God for all that he has done for her and for all creation. To believe the way these women believed seems humanly impossible. With...
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May 30

May 30, 2021

Mt 28:16-20 Earlier in the chapter, the women who encountered the risen Jesus have gone as he told them to share their good news and tell the eleven that they are to go to Galilee. They go, and he is there. Any doubt that they have is overshadowed by Jesus’ divine instruction. They are to go out and make disciples, not just of a chosen...
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May 29

May 29, 2021

Mk 11:27-33 “By what authority ….?” is more than a question posed by the Jewish leaders. It is a challenge. They have been publically chastised in the temple. They are ready to disprove what he has said and done. Once again Jesus responds with a question that silences his opponents. There are so many who doubt you, your...
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May 28

May 28, 2021

Mk 11:11-26 The key to understanding this difficult Gospel is that an Old Testament image of Israel is a fig tree. The temple is to be a house of prayer for all people, not a certain select few. For Jesus, Jewish temple piety is insincere and does not bear fruit. That’s the source of his anger. I know that I am not always sincere in my...
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May 27

May 27, 2021

Mk 10:46-52 The blind man is persistent in his attempts to see Jesus. Some in the crowd try to quiet him but he pushes through. Though physically blind, Bartimaeus sees who Jesus is with eyes of faith. Once his sight is restored, he follows Jesus. I pray to see you with eyes of faith, to hear you with ears of faith, to follow you and to share...
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May 26

May 26, 2021

Mk 10:32-45 Jesus’ third prediction of his impending suffering and death is misunderstood by two of his closest followers. James and John are concerned about their status. Jesus uses their misunderstanding as an opportunity to reiterate the difference between God’s kingdom and the world. You challenge me constantly, always with good...
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May 25

May 25, 2021

Mk 10:28-31 Jesus demanded that the rich man go beyond all “that he has observed from his youth.” Those who have detached themselves from earthly things, people and possessions, to follow Jesus will be given so much more. I understand that it is more about attachment than having things and relationships. I am thankful for all that I...
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May 24

May 24, 2021

Jn 19:25-34 The scene is both tender and heartbreaking. The mother and the beloved disciple remain with Jesus until the end. They are together in that moment and will remain so by Jesus’ instruction. The Church is born and Mary is and will always be her mother. Pray for us, Holy Mother of God. May we, the Church, carry on your Son’s...
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May 23

May 23, 2021

Jn 20:19-23 The disciples are hiding behind locked doors. Jesus is suddenly in their midst and twice offers them peace. It is now time for them to 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, the outpouring of the perfect love...
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May 22

May 22, 2021

Jn 21:20-25 No sooner has Peter responded to Jesus’ by professing his love for him, he questions Jesus about John. The reader senses tension between Peter and John, which may, according to Scripture scholars, have more to do with John’s community. Nonetheless, Jesus responds by reminding Peter that he is not to be concerned about...
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May 21

May 21, 2021

Jn 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 the Peter and he too will lay down his life. I know that like Peter, I am weak. But you invite me...
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May 20

May 20, 2021

Jn 17:20-26 Jesus’ prayer moves from those present to believers who will be brought to the Faith by disciples from generation to generation. As for those who have walked with him on his earthly journey, he prays that they may come to know the Father through him and be united with one another as he is united with the Father. In that moment,...
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May 19

May 19, 2021

Jn 17:11b-19 Jesus prays to his Father for his disciples. He begins this part of his prayer by addressing his Father as Holy Father which not only sets God apart but also reflects the nature of their relationship. Jesus' prayer is heartfelt and very specific. Unite them. Protect them.Keep them from evil. Make them holy. We pray. Unite us....
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May 18

May 18, 2021

Jn 17:1-11 Jesus’ work on behalf of the Father is complete. It is time for him to leave. Poised between heaven and earth he prays, first to the Father in words reminiscent of the Our Father. Jesus then turns his focus to his disciples. He has made the Father known to them and they have accepted his message. Our hope is in you as it was for...
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May 17

May 17, 2021

Jn 16:29-33 Jesus’ words of unity and love are followed with a warning. Soon they will abandon him and one another. Despite their suffering, they will find peace in him who has already overcome sin and death. Thank you for watching over us, protecting us from evil and being the source of peace for us and the world. This content comes to...
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May 16

May 16, 2021

Mk 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 15

May 15, 2021

Jn 16: 23-28 Jesus tells the disciples that on the day he returns to the Father there will no longer be “veiled language.” It will soon be clear as will all that his Holy Spirit tells them while guiding them on their journey. God loves them and listens to their prayers. Bless us with love and gratitude for all those who have gone...
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May 14

May 14, 2021

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

May 13, 2021

Mk 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 12

May 12, 2021

Jn 16:12-15 Jesus will not return in the flesh but in Spirit. His Spirit will continue to speak to his disciples in their hearts. He will speak the words he receives from the Father, actively guiding them in ways that give God glory. I cannot imagine what it must have been like for the disciples to see you go, not once, but twice. Then, as...
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May 11

May 11, 2021

Jn 16:5-11 It is necessary that Jesus leave so that the Advocate who is the Spirit of truth will come. That same Spirit will stand in judgment of the world, a world that refused to recognize Jesus as having come from the Father thus rejecting him. Spirit, I pray that I listen when you speak to me and always guide me to the truth. This content...
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May 10

May 10, 2021

Jn 15:26-16:4 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, Jesus glorified who will empower and guide them. “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me,” this day and all the days to come....
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May 9

May 9, 2021

Jn 15:9-17 The cycle of love is revealed through Jesus words and deeds, through Jesus’ very self. It begins with the relationship between the Father and the Son, poured out on us, drawing us into that divine relationship and compelling us to love one another. We know that God loves but to reflect on the fact that God is love takes our...
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May 8

May 8, 2021

Jn 15:18-21 There is an analogy between the way the world treats Jesus and the way it treats those who believe in him. The servants are not greater than their master and thus are not immune from suffering and persecution. It is difficult to understand how to be in but not of the world. It’s easy to get caught up in all the world has to...
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May 7

May 7, 2021

Jn 15:12-17 It is Jesus who first chooses his disciples and invites them into a loving friendship with him. Accepting Jesus’ invitation into that relationship calls for their going out and sharing that love with others. This is Jesus’ command. Your commands do not limit us. They set us free from all that keeps us from loving you and...
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May 6

May 6, 2021

Jn 15:9-11 Those who believe are drawn into the mutual love of Father and Son through Jesus’ love. Those who believe respond to God’s love by serving and loving others. This love is not without trial and suffering but through the suffering comes great joy. It’s hard to forget times of suffering but to remember the good that...
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May 5

May 5, 2021

Jn 15:1-8 This Gospel is a beautiful and meaningful expression of relationship that the believer must take to heart. We are all connected to God and to one another. God is our center and our source. I am reminded again that you were and will always be the best teacher. Through the metaphors, sayings and parables I see, understand and believe....
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May 4

May 4, 2021

Jn 14:27-31 Jesus offers peace and consolation to the troubled disciples. Their time together is going to change. All that he has told them will ultimately help them understand his mission and courageously endure their own. His peace, the peace of the Father, will carry them through suffering and death to resurrection. Your peace surpasses all...
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May 3

May 3, 2021

Jn 14:6-14 Jesus tells Thomas that he is the way to the Father. Phillip wants to see the Father. Though clearly exasperated, Jesus continues the discussion by saying again 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...
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May 2

May 2, 2021

Jn 15:1-8 Jesus’ use of the metaphor of the vine describes the disciple’s relationship with him and with the Father. The commandment of love is rooted in the love of the Father and the Son and the love of Jesus and his disciples. It is a love both mutual and reciprocal. For John, the love Christians have for one another is a...
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May 1

May 1, 2021

Jn 14:7-14 The disciples closest to Jesus are trying his patience. Philip’s request is a tipping point. They have been with him. They have heard him teach, seen him pray and yet they still do not understand that his relationship with the Father is more than their understanding of family. He and the Father are one. You empowered your...
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