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Daily Reading and Prayer

August 2019

Aug 19

Aug. 19, 2019

Matthew 19:16-22 The young man seems to have God’s law straight though in more of a “letter of the law” understanding. Jesus directs him to go deeper, to the heart of the law. The young man is unable to accept this challenge and walks away. Please help me let go of those things that hold me down and keep me from completely and...
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Aug 18

Aug. 18, 2019

Luke 12:49-53 Jesus has come to bring about the kingdom. He knows the cost. There will be suffering, his own and that of his disciples. As he remains faithful to the will of the Father, so must they. Through the trials and division, victory will be achieved with the coming of the kingdom. Every day there is new news that confirms how upside down...
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Aug 17

Aug. 17, 2019

Matthew 19:13-15   Jesus’ reputation is such that mothers bring their children to him for prayers of blessing. As would be expected Jesus is most receptive but the disciples are not. Jesus uses this occasion to teach about God’s Kingdom. It has nothing to do with status but rather childlike dependence on God.   You care...
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Aug 16

Aug.16, 2019

Matthew 19:3-12 The Pharisees challenge Jesus about marriage and divorce. He speaks as authoritative interpreter of the law, which we know raises the ire of the Jewish leaders. He cites passages from Genesis that lay out God’s original intention for marriage. We pray for those who prepare couples for marriage. May they be knowledgeable,...
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Aug 15

Aug. 15, 2019

Luke 1:39-56 In Luke’s Gospel there are two holy and faith-filled women; two babies, both prophets. One prepares the way for the other, the Lord, who initiates the coming of the kingdom of God. Mary’s prayer of praise and thanksgiving is a beautiful expression of her fidelity, humility and love of God. How blest are we to have a...
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Aug 14

Aug. 14, 2019

Matthew 18: 15-20 In this discourse Jesus’ teaching concerns active forgiveness on the part of the community whether one on one, before witnesses or in a discussion involving the entire community. Regardless the outcome, Jesus promises to be with the community building itself in his name. It is difficult to know the way to lovingly...
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Aug 13

Aug. 13, 2019

Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 The disciples ask Jesus who will be the greatest in God’s kingdom. He responds by pointing to a person without any social status, a child. Jesus goes on speaking about the sinner who has gone astray. Just as the shepherd seeks his lost sheep, the Father also seeks and welcomes the return of those lost to sin. I...
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Aug 12

Aug. 12, 2019

Matthew 17:22-27 The disciples are “overwhelmed with grief” by Jesus’ second prediction indicating a new level of understanding on their part. And in the meantime, they travel to Capernaum where Peter is questioned about Jesus’ payment of the temple tax. Though Jesus is not obliged to do so, he pays the tax out of respect...
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Aug 11

Aug. 11, 2019

Luke 12:32-48 Jesus counsels his disciples, telling them to trust, don’t be afraid, maintain a simple lifestyle and be vigilant. He uses two parables about servants waiting for the return of their master whose hour of return is not known. Be vigilant always. So it is with the return of the Son of Man. I fear that my “never...
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Aug 10

Aug. 10, 2019

John 12:24-26 Jesus uses the analogy of what comes from planting a grain of wheat. He handed himself over to death by which he attained the glory of eternal life for all. In a similar way we are called to give our lives away. In doing so we will flourish. Persecution takes on many forms. Let us pray for all who are persecuted for their faith,...
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Aug 9

Aug. 9, 2019

Matthew 16:24-28 Jesus connects the fate of his disciples with his own. Sharing in Jesus’ ministry and all that that entails also involves a share in his cross. They will find freedom and happiness if only they let go of themselves and let God guide them. I, like many, struggle with letting go and letting you take over. Why do I think that...
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Aug 8

Aug. 8, 2019

Matthew 16:13-23 In his conversation with his disciples, Jesus first asks about popular and then personal speculation about his identity. Peter responds for the group with his profession of faith that Jesus is the Messiah. With that Jesus gives him authority as the foundation of the community. Peter proves to be all too human by his reaction to...
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Aug 7

Aug. 7, 2019

Matthew 15:21-28 This woman certainly is persistent. She begins by addressing him in a way that is not only reverent but insightful. She is rebuffed. She tries again but to no avail. It is not only her persistence but her faith that ultimately moves Jesus to heal her daughter. This story is a good reminder to ask for the faith to know that you...
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Aug 6

Aug. 6, 2019

Luke 9:28B-36 The three apostles closest to Jesus accompany him on his journey up the mountain to pray. As close as their relationship might be, they abandon him by falling asleep in his time of need. They wake to witness him in his glory and with him Moses and Elijah signifying Jesus’ identity as God’s Son. Your glory stands in...
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Aug 5

Aug. 5, 2019

Matthew 14:13-21 Jesus tries to find solitude after hearing about John’s death but is followed by a crowd. He immediately senses their needs and heals the sick. Jesus ignores his disciple’s advice to send the crowds home. He provides food for their bodies and souls. Your disciples wanted to take the easy out and send the people home....
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Aug 4

Aug. 4, 2019

Luke 12:13-21 Jesus speaks out against greed in response to a man’s question. The man wants to know how he can acquire his share of his family inheritance. Jesus tells a parable about the pitfall of earthly possessions. A person will not be prepared for the kingdom if acquiring and hoarding things becomes more important than emptying out...
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Aug 3

Aug. 3, 2019

Matthew 14:1-12 Herod wonders if Jesus is John the Baptist resurrected. Matthew inserts the story of John’s death as a means of pointing out the parallels between John and the fate that awaits Jesus. Both were thought of as prophets and yet arrested and executed on the whim of a very weak and corrupt leader. I pray for the courage to be...
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Aug 2

Aug. 2, 2019

Matthew 13:54-58 There are those who believe Jesus and there are those who doubt. The sceptics are not willing to accept his authenticity and authority because of his lineage and lack of credentials. Because of the lack of faith Jesus can do nothing more. Rejection is hard especially when those rejecting you are friends even family. I pray for...
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Aug 1

Aug. 1, 2019

Matthew 13:47-53   The final judgment will take place at the coming of the reign of God as illustrated in the parable of the fish net. God’s angels will separate the good from the bad and deliver the appropriate reward or punishment. The Gospel concludes with a saying that speaks to the relationship between the old (tradition) and the...
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