Posted on 05/22/2018 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Second Prediction of the Passion/The Greatest in the Kingdom Mark 9:30-37 Instead of trying to come to an understanding about what Jesus is telling them in this second prediction, the disciples get caught up in themselves, arguing about who is the greatest. Jesus brings a little child to the center of the conversation and tells them that they need first the humility of a child. Prayer: Awaken the child in me. Help me to be a humble servant, especially with those I deem undeserving of my care and attention.
Posted on 05/21/2018 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Healing of a Boy with a Demon Mark 9:14-29 The story of the healing of the boy is long with great attention to detail. However, the message is simple and very clear. Faith and trust make all things possible, and prayer is the means by which one grows in both. Even the disciples struggled. Prayer: My unbelief outweighs my belief. Fear is always in the way. Help me to let go and grow in faith, trusting you because you are the way.
Posted on 05/20/2018 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Appearance to the Disciples 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. Prayer: I was an infant when baptized and a young adolescent when confirmed. Throughout my adult life I have grasped the significance of the life breath of your Spirit in me.
Posted on 05/19/2018 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Beloved Disciple John 21:20-25 Though not thought to be the original conclusion to John’s Gospel, these passages provide some insight into the significance of the Beloved Disciple to the Christian community. John’s eyewitness testimony lives on. Prayer: Beloved Disciple, you knew him and loved him with your whole heart, without question or doubt. I pray to be able to do the same.
Posted on 05/18/2018 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Jesus and Peter John 21:15-19 This beautiful exchange between Peter and the risen Lord is Peter’s opportunity for public repentance. Three times he denied knowing Jesus. Three times he professes his love for him. Jesus’ role as shepherd is now passed on to Peter, and he too will lay down his life. Prayer: I know that, like Peter, I am weak. I also know that you love me, and because of your love I am strong.
Posted on 05/17/2018 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Prayer of Jesus John 17:20-26 Jesus continues his prayer, directing his words to the Father on behalf of his future disciples. He prays that they may be united. That unity, modeled on the union between Jesus and the Father, will make the mission most effective. Jesus’ disciples will be recognized by their love for one another and followed because of that love. Prayer: If we could celebrate what we have in common rather than argue our differences, perhaps we will be better able to come together, united in you.
Posted on 05/16/2018 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Prayer of Jesus 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. Prayer: Lord, unite us. Protect us. Keep us from evil. Sanctify us in your truth.
Posted on 05/15/2018 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Prayer of Jesus John 17:1-11A Jesus prays directly to the Father in words reminiscent of the “Our Father” but much more in depth, intimate, and personal. Then he prays as intercessor for his disciples, present and future. Though still in the world he is poised between heaven and earth. Prayer: May I be worthy of your prayer and be open to your will for me.
Posted on 05/14/2018 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Vine and the Branches John 15:9-17 The greatest commandment and an understanding about sacrificial love are critical to the life of a disciple, in Jesus’ time, in John’s community, and today. Judas did not understand this, but Saint Matthias did. Prayer: St. Matthias, intercede for us as we strive to live out the greatest commandment, to love.
Posted on 05/13/2018 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Prayer of Jesus John 17:11B-19 Jesus’ departure is imminent. In final preparation, he prays, and his prayers are very specific. Using similar wording to the prayer he taught his disciples, he prays for their protection from the “evil one.” Prayer: Though it often seems hopeless, we believe that your light shines in the darkness, and goodness will triumph over evil once and for all.