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Daily Reading and Prayer

February 2018

Feb 19

February 19, 2018

Matthew 25: 31-46 At the final judgment, the Son of Man is likened to a shepherd who will separate all humanity into two groupings. The sheep are those who have loved and cared for all in need. The goats have not shown compassion and love to the “least.” St. John of the Cross reminds us that we will be judged according to how much we...
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Feb 18

February 18, 2018

Mark 1:12-15 Though brief when compared with Matthew and Luke, Mark’s account of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry preceded by his temptation in the desert is very direct. Jesus is led by the Spirit into the desert and for 40 days is tested by Satan. With his Father’s protection, he withstands the test and is ready. We pray...
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Feb 17

February 17, 2018

Luke 5:27-32 The Pharisees criticize Jesus for his association with tax collectors. They were a disreputable bunch well known for their dishonest practices. To complicate matters, Jesus and his disciples join Levi and his associates for dinner. This is problematic since the tax collectors were associated with Gentiles and were therefore ritually...
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Feb 16

February 16, 2018

Matthew 9:14-15 Again, Jewish religious practices are held over Jesus, this time by John’s disciples. Since fasting was typically a sign of mourning, Jesus responds to them by telling them that this is a time for joy. He, the bridegroom, is with them. He goes on to say that the time for fasting will come when he is no longer with them. Do...
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Feb 15

February 15, 2018

Luke 9:22-25 In the first of three predictions, Jesus tells the disciples that he, the Son of Man, will be rejected, will suffer, and will be killed. This stands in stark contrast to the Messiah anticipated by the Jewish people. He goes on to tell them that they and all who follow him must be willing to let go of their lives and let God. We pray...
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Feb 14

February 14, 2018

Matthew 6:1-6 In the third major part of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ teaching concerns three essential religious practices. Almsgiving, prayer, and fasting are to be done to honor God, not to bring attention to self. He cautions the disciples about behavior they are to avoid and the proper attitude they must have when giving alms,...
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Feb 13

February 13, 2018

Mark 8:14-21 Though they had a loaf of bread, the disciples are disheartened, apparently thinking that one loaf is not enough. Had they forgotten so quickly what Jesus had done with seven loaves? Through a series of questions, he tries to get them to understand because their hearts are hardened. They are not receptive. We pray for those who...
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Feb 12

February 12, 2018

Mark 8:11-13 Have there not already been enough signs? No doubt Jesus’ relationship with the Pharisees is already strained. In this brief encounter his frustration is palpable, and his response terse. They do not deserve any more than that. We pray for “this generation,” not unlike the generation Jesus referred to in the...
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Feb 11

February 11, 2018

Mark 1:40-45 The man with leprosy humbly approaches Jesus and begs him to cure him. Jesus responds with words and a touch that heals. He knows that the man must show himself to the priest for the Mosaic cleansing ritual but warns him to say nothing about the circumstances of the healing. The man does not understand the implications of...
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Feb 10

February 10, 2018

Mark 8:1-10 We know how important the Eucharistic gatherings were to the early Church. There are two accounts of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes in Mark and Matthew and one each in Luke and John. In this account Jesus is moved with pity for the people.  They have come a great distance, which likely means there are gentiles among...
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Feb 9

February 9, 2018

Mark 7:31-37 Jesus travels on to a Gentile part of Palestine. A man who is deaf and has a speech impediment is brought to him by the people. Jesus uses his spittle, touch and command to heal the man. “Ephphatha!” (“Be opened!”). This same word is used today with the Elect at the Preparation Rites on Holy Saturday morning...
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Feb 8

February 8, 2018

Mark 7:24-30 The Syrophoenician woman has a lot working against her, yet she persists. Jesus acknowledges her persistence, her faith, and heals her daughter. There is an important message not to be missed in this Gospel. This woman is a Gentile, an outsider. Thus far Jesus’ ministry has been focused on the Jewish people. Through this...
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Feb 7

February 7, 2018

Mark 7:14-23 The Gospel reading today picks up from yesterday’s. The disciples still don’t understand. Jesus uses a short parable to go deeper into the understanding that dietary laws have nothing to do with what is in a person’s heart. It is not how or what a person eats that makes them clean or unclean. What is most important...
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Feb 6

February 6, 2018

Mark 7:1-13 Jesus cleverly turns the question of the Pharisees and scribes back on them. Jesus challenges their false piety. They are critical of the disciple’s lack of attention to the purification rituals. He calls them hypocrites, more attached to their own traditions than to God’s law. You might have been talking to me. I do...
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Feb 5

February 5, 2018

Mark 6:53-56 The enthusiasm of the crowds stands in sharp contrast to the disciples’ hardened hearts in the previous passages and the increasing conflict with the Pharisees to follow. Mark draws the reader to focus on faith in Jesus’ loving, healing touch. St. Agatha, with you we pray for all women who suffer from breast cancer. May...
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Feb 4

February 4, 2018

Mark 1:29-39 In the previous passage Jesus cast out the demon by his word. He touches Simon’s mother-in-law, and she is cured, immediately and completely. By evening, the whole town has gathered. In the morning he rises early and goes off to pray before continuing to preach and teach throughout Galilee. Lord, you live out your ministry...
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Feb 3

February 3, 2018

Mark 6:30-34 The Apostles thought they were going to get away after their exhausting yet fruitful mission. No rest for the weary on the journey with their Lord. The crowds found their way to Jesus and the Apostles, and Jesus responded to the needs of the people. I am reminded that the “interruptions are the work.” I pray to be open...
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Feb 2

February 2, 2018

Luke 2:22-40 As Jewish parents of a firstborn son, Mary and Joseph faithfully fulfill what the law prescribes. Jesus is consecrated to the Lord. They hear amazing things about their son as revealed by the Holy Spirit to Simeon. He also tells Mary that Jesus’ mission will not be without suffering. Jesus, you were destined for greatness but...
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Feb 1

February 1, 2018

Mark 6:7-13 Christ’s mission does not end with Jesus’ rejection by his own people. He goes on to towns and villages, preaching and teaching, all the while preparing the twelve. He tells them that there is little they will need. It is on his Spirit they must rely. Jesus sends them out to continue his mission. I hear that voice in my...
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A spiritual reflection on the daily readings that help cultivate a pattern of daily prayer and a deepening relationship with God