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Daily Reading and Prayer

February 2019

Feb 28

February 28, 2019

Mark 9:41-50 Through a collection of detailed and graphic sayings, Jesus cautions his disciples about the grave consequences of sin. It is far better to do good through even the smallest acts than to give bad example to others through sin. I know I am responsible for my own sinful ways, but I am also responsible for rooting out sin in the world....
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Feb 27

February 27, 2019

Mark 9:38-40 Though this person the disciples are concerned about is not a part of their community, he is not a threat. He is acting in Jesus’ name. Jesus tells them that they are not to exclude him and to be tolerant and open to others who act in his name. Help us to live in harmony with one another, choosing kindness over cruelty and...
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Feb 26

February 26, 2019

Mark 9:30-37 Jesus’ second prediction of his Passion and Resurrection is lost on his disciples. Their hesitancy to question Jesus is indicative of their fear of what lies ahead. Jesus asks them about their discussion while traveling, knowing full well their concern with status. He tells them that the greatest are the childlike, humble and...
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Feb 25

February 25, 2019

Mark 9:14-29 This is a very long and detailed story of healing. A desire for increased faith and a profession of faith are woven in with Jesus telling the disciples that these things cannot happen without trust in God. Trust in God comes through union with Him through prayer. I do believe, but there are those shadowy places and times that I lack...
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Feb 24

February 24, 2019

Luke 6:27-38 Jesus’ merciful love and that of his Father is radical. Nonetheless, it is the compassionate love that must be the mark of a disciple. Loving one’s enemies and being merciful to the undeserving makes no sense according to human standards. Our actions must be based entirely on faith in the will of the Father. Help me to...
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Feb 23

February 23, 2019

Mark 9:2-13 Peter, James, and John get a glimpse of Jesus in his glory. He is joined by Moses and Elijah, representing the law and the prophets. Jesus is the fulfillment of both. Peter wants to stay in that moment, but the Father speaks as he did at Jesus’ baptism. The disciples must follow Jesus through suffering and death before the...
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Feb 22

February 22, 2019

Matthew 16:13-19 Jesus asks first about popular speculation concerning his identity. He then directs the question to the disciples, and Simon Peter, the spokesperson, responds with a confession of faith. Jesus blesses him and names him Peter, the “rock,” upon which the Church will be built. I know that I am weak in so many ways. I...
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Feb 21

February 21, 2019

Mark 8: 27-33 Jesus’ teachings and the healings have led to this moment when he asks them who they think he is. Peter responds on behalf of all with a profession of faith. This exchange is followed by Jesus’ first prediction of what is ahead. Your grace constantly pulls me away from sin. This content comes to you from Our Sunday...
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Feb 20

February 20, 2019

Mark 8:22-26 In today’s gospel, Jesus heals another person in a way similar to the healing of the man whose hearing and speech were impaired. The special detail in this story is that the healing did not happen all at once but was gradual. My spiritual growth and healing have been and will continue to be gradual. I pray for the grace to...
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Feb 19

February 19, 2019

Mark 8:14-21 Jesus wants his disciples to see who he is and to understand the purpose of his mission. He cautions them about being like the Pharisees, but they miss the point. Jesus continues on, reminding them of what he has done, in the hope that they will come to understand. I know that there are times when I am as dense as the disciples. I...
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Feb 19

February 19, 2019

Mark 8:14-21 Jesus wants his disciples to see who he is and to understand the purpose of his mission. He cautions them about being like the Pharisees, but they miss the point. Jesus continues on, reminding them of what he has done, in the hope that they will come to understand. I know that there are times when I am as dense as the disciples. I...
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Feb 18

February 18, 2019

Mark 8:11-13 The relationship between Jesus and the Pharisees is becoming more and more strained. His miracles are not enough for them. They want more. Jesus is clear in stating that signs will not be given to those who ask. He knows that nothing will open their minds and hearts to him. Sometimes this age doesn’t seem to know what it is...
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Feb 17

February 17, 2019

Luke 6: 17, 20-26 Jesus stands before his disciples and a crowd of both Jewish and non-Jewish people. He delivers the Beatitudes, blessings on those who trust in God alone, and the “woes,” warnings to those who turn away from God by caring only for themselves. It is easy to be lured by human values even though time and again they...
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