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Daily Reading and Prayer

March 2019

Mar 31

March 31, 2019

Luke 15:1-3, 1-32 The characters of this parable, their actions and their words, must have made Jesus’ Jewish listeners uncomfortable if not downright angry. The central character in this parable is not the son, but the father. Jesus describes the love and mercy of God for his people in a most surprising and dramatic way. Thank you for...
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Mar 30

March 30, 2019

Luke 18:9-14 The Pharisee is self-righteous and prideful. Even though he tithes, prays, and fasts as required, he does not acknowledge the weakness of his human nature, exhibited in his blatant criticism of others. The tax collector, on the other hand, is very aware of his sinful nature, and his prayer humbly and contritely expresses his...
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Mar 29

March 29, 2019

Mark 12:28-34 A scribe asks Jesus which is the first and greatest commandment. Jesus’ response to the question combines two commands given by Moses to Israel, the Shema from Deuteronomy and the command to love one’s neighbor from Leviticus. He has presented the scribe with the heart of the Ten Commandments, and the scribe...
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Mar 28

March 28, 2019

Luke 11:14-23 In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus’ driving the demon out of the man brought a surprising response. Some wanted an even greater sign, while others put a negative spin on the event. Jesus sums up his response to their “hardness of heart” by warning them that those against him will be scattered. I believe and profess...
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Mar 27

March 27, 2019

Matthew 5:17-19 Jesus gets to the heart of the “Law and the Prophets.” The heart of the law will not change but remain in force until the fulfillment of God’s kingdom. Jesus wants his disciples to be clear in their understanding , unlike the scribes and Pharisees. “Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.” I...
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Mar 26

March 26, 2019

Matthew 18:21-35 Jesus speaks to his disciples about their willingness to forgive one another. When asked how often one should forgive, Peter responds “seven times.” Jesus multiplies that number by ten, meaning that there should be no limit to forgiveness. Our willingness to forgive must be like his Father’s. You invite me to...
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Mar 25

March 25, 2019

Luke 1:26-38 The announcement of Jesus’ birth is parallel in many ways to the announcement of John’s birth in the previous section of Luke’s Gospel. These are two dramatic events of salvation. The prophet prepares the way for the eternal King. Mary, Holy Mother, your humble and trusting “yes” to God has shown me the...
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Mar 24

March 24, 2019

Luke 13:1-9 Jesus cites the murder of the Galileans at the hands of Pilate and an accident that took place in Siloam as evidence that repentance must not be put off until tomorrow, for tomorrow may not come. Everyone will be judged, so we must prepare now. I pray for an attitude of joy in living each day doing your will and hope that I am able...
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Mar 23

March 23, 2019

Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 This parable carries such a beautiful message about God’s gracious and bountiful mercy. The central figure is more the father than the son. His concern about his lost son has him keeping vigil in the hope that he will return. He runs to meet his son, presents him with gifts, and celebrates his return. He is God the...
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Mar 22

March 22, 2019

Matthew 21: 33-43, 45-46 This parable is a foreshadowing of Jesus’ death at the hands of the chief priests and elders. Jesus is “calling out” the Jewish leaders, and they know it. Yet they know, too, that the crowds revere him, and so they need to bide their time. Though you were rejected by some, you became and remain the...
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Mar 21

March 21, 2019

Luke 16:19-31 The rich man has an opportunity to offer compassion and to care for Lazarus, but his selfishness results in a reversal of fortune at his death and beyond. While Lazarus flourishes, the rich man suffers greatly. Selflessness and generosity are rewarded in heaven. I have missed many opportunities to step outside myself and to care...
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