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Daily Reading and Prayer

June 2019

Jun 19

June 19, 2019

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 Prayer, fasting and almsgiving were as much a part of the Jewish religious practices then as our Christian practices today. Jesus’ points are as timeless and relevant. Do not undertake these practices to be seen and admired. They are to be done as a means of self-emptying and as a way of offering praise and...
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Jun 19

June 19, 2019

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 Prayer, fasting and almsgiving were as much a part of the Jewish religious practices then as our Christian practices today. Jesus’ points are as timeless and relevant. Do not undertake these practices to be seen and admired. They are to be done as a means of self-emptying and as a way of offering praise and...
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Jun 18

June 18, 2019

Matthew 5:43-48 The final antithesis of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel is no doubt the most demanding. Love must not be reserved only for friends and fellow citizens. Just as the sun rises and the rain falls by God’s design, so must love and care be offered to all people whether deserving or not. Your ways do not always...
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Jun 17

June 17, 2019

Matthew 5:38-42 Even minimal retaliation feeds the cycle of vengeance. Jesus tells his disciples to avoid falling into the attitudes and behaviors of their enemies but rather rise above the inclination to strike back. Turning the other cheek, giving your cloak, going the extra mile may well prove to be more effective then revenge. It is not easy...
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Jun 16

June 16, 2019

John 16:12-15 How difficult it must have been for the disciples to hear that they would not be able to bear what Jesus has to tell them. He did reassure them that they would not be alone. Though he will no longer be with them in the flesh, he will be with them in the Spirit. I am thankful for the gift of your Spirit that draws me into the most...
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Jun 15

June 15, 2019

Matthew 5:33-37 The taking of oaths is the subject of this antithesis. Jesus simply tells his disciples to be honest and straight forward. Dishonesty is evil. To tell the truth is an expression of love. It seems the world thrives on falsehood and dishonesty. It is sometimes difficult to speak the truth. When what we say and do is rooted in love...
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Jun 14

June 14, 2019

Matthew 5:27-32 Jesus goes on to develop the law with his teaching about adultery. It is more than an act. It is all the thoughts and intentions that lead to the act. Jesus also speaks about divorce and the way it had been understood (Dt. 24:1). Breaking relationship with God and neighbor is at the heart of this teaching. Let us pray for all...
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Jun 13

June 13, 2019

Matthew 5:20-26 Jesus’ words, “You have heard,” “But I say to you” contrast the law as prescribed by the Jewish leaders with God’s law. Jesus fulfills his Father’s law that has been so distorted. Throughout this section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus highlights the impact that interior disposition has...
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Jun 12

June 12, 2019

Matthew 5:17-19 Jesus tells the disciples that he has not changed the law. It has been nothing but a static set of rules for too long. He is fulfilling the law, making it what it is intended to be by God, living and dynamic. He also tells them that their responsibility is to not just obey the law but to teach it to others. I pray for those who...
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Jun 11

June 11, 2019

Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus instructs his followers that about discipleship using the images of salt and light. As salt improves taste and preserves quality, the disciples are to improve the lives of the people they serve and save them from being any less than what God wills them to be. By their actions and words, they are to show Christ to others. I...
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Jun 10

June 10, 2019

John 19:25-34 The scene is both heartbreaking and tender. The Mother and the beloved disciple keep vigil to the end. The two are together in that moment and will remain so by Jesus’ instruction. In that moment the Church is born, and Mary becomes her mother. Dearest Mother, we pray for your Church. Raise up and inspire wise and caring...
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Jun 9

June 9, 2019

John 20:19-23 The disciples are hiding behind locked doors. Jesus appears in their midst and twice offers them words of peace. It is now time for them to come out of hiding and 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. I was an...
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Jun 8

June 8, 2019

John 21:20-25 Peter’s mission and fate have been revealed. The question now asked is about John, the beloved disciple. “Lord, what about him?” In response, Jesus seems to say that it is not important. What is important is that Peter focus on following him. In this conclusion of John’s Gospel, I sense the rest of the story...
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Jun 7

June 7, 2019

John 21:15-19 Jesus offers Peter an opportunity for repentance and reconciliation. His threefold denial is now balanced by his threefold profession of faith in the Good Shepherd. It is in that exchange that Peter becomes the shepherd who will ultimately lay down his life for his sheep. How Peter must have suffered because of his weakness and...
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Jun 6

June 6, 2019

John 17:20-26 At the conclusion of Jesus’ prayer he prays that the disciples who have walked with him, then and in future remain united. It is in that unity, modeled on the union between Jesus and the Father, that the mission is most effective. Disciples are recognized by their love for one another and followed because of that love. We...
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Jun 5

June 5, 2019

John 17:11B-19 Jesus prayer to the Father on behalf of his disciples is heartfelt and very specific. Unite them. Protect them. Keep them from evil. Make them holy. Lord, unite us. Protect us. Keep us from evil. Sanctify us in your truth. This content comes to you from Our Sunday Visitor courtesy of your parish or diocese.
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Jun 4

June 4, 2019

John 17:1-11A 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...
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Jun 3

June 3, 2019

John 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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Jun 2

June 2, 2019

John 17:20-26 Jesus speaks to the disciples in his prayer to the Father. In the same way he and the Father are one, he prays that they too will be united. Their union with one another will be the witness of their love for Jesus. Heal our wounded relationships, in family, neighborhood, parish, country and throughout the world. This content comes...
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Jun 1

June 1, 2019

John 16:23B-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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