Posted on 09/24/2018 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Parable of the Lamp Luke 8:16-18 What good is a lamp if it is covered so the light does not shine forth? In the same way, what good is it to hear the word of God and keep it to oneself? God’s word is meant to be shared, to illuminate the way for all to see. Prayer: Bring your light to all those trapped in the darkness of mental illness and addiction.
Posted on 09/23/2018 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Second Prediction of the Passion/The Greatest in the Kingdom Mark 9:30-37 Jesus tells the disciples about his imminent suffering and death a second time. They do not want to pursue the conversation. That concern about the reality is soon overshadowed by their ambitions. Jesus tells them that the importance of a disciple lies in the willingness to be a humble servant. Prayer: I pray this day to be open to your call and to be willing to follow you no matter where you ask me to go.
Posted on 09/22/2018 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Parable of the Sower/The Purpose of the Parables Luke 8:4-15 The parable of the sowing of the seed appears in all three of the synoptic gospels. In Luke’s Gospel, the disciples ask Jesus what it means. Jesus tells them that the hearer of the word must be open and receptive to God’s call. More importantly, he must act on what he has heard. Prayer: I can listen to you and understand what you are calling me to. Sadly, I can get stuck, and stay stuck, in that listening mode because of fear, ignorance, or sometimes just not wanting to do what you ask because it is hard. That’s when I need you the most.
Posted on 09/21/2018 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Call of Matthew Matthew 9:9-13 The Pharisees were scandalized by Jesus’ willingness to dine with sinners and tax collectors. Because of their collaboration with Roman officials, the latter were considered no better than sinners by pious Jews, and yet Jesus called one of them, Matthew, to follow him. We know the rest of the story. Prayer: I am grateful for your boundless mercy, Lord. I must be mindful that here is hope for the conversion and transformation of every person, even and perhaps especially the least likely.
Posted on 09/20/2018 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Pardon of the Sinful Woman Luke 7:36-50 Simon does not see the difference between his hospitality and that of the woman. He is focused not only on the inappropriateness of her actions but on Jesus’ willingness to accept her gesture. Jesus tells Simon the parable of the money lender and opens his eyes. By faith, the woman approached Jesus, knowing that he would forgive her for her sins. Prayer: I often find it difficult to forgive myself. It is in those times that I remember the depth and breadth of your mercy.
Posted on 09/19/2018 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Jesus’ Testimony to John Luke 7:31-35 Jesus tells the crowds that the people of “this generation” are like obstinate children. Nothing satisfies them. Their reasons for rejecting Jesus are inconsistent with their reasons for rejecting John. They are closed to God’s working in Jesus. Those who are open and embrace God’s plan will be vindicated. Prayer: Let us pray for the people of “this generation” who seek satisfaction in all the wrong things and all the wrong places. Jesus, open their eyes.
Posted on 09/18/2018 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Raising of the Widow’s Son Luke 7:11-17 For a widow, the death of her only son means far more than the pain of the obvious loss. Her fate is sealed; she has no one to provide for even her basic needs. Jesus feels great compassion for this woman and, by God’s authority, returns the son to his mother. Prayer: Lord God, you visit your people and pour out your love and compassion, bringing healing and wholeness.
Posted on 09/17/2018 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Healing of the Centurion’s Slave Luke 7:1-10 It becomes clear very quickly that this soldier, because of his nature, recognizes that same care and compassion in Jesus. He appeals to Jesus’ authority in a way that demonstrates humility and a deep faith. Jesus acknowledges this before all and heals the slave. Prayer: I am thankful to be reminded by this unlikely character of the disposition I must have each time I come to your table.
Posted on 09/16/2018 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Peter’s Confession about Jesus/The First Prediction of the Passion/Conditions of Discipleship Mark 8:27-35 Today’s Gospel begins with Jesus posing a question to the disciples about what others are saying about him. He then directs the question to his disciples. Peter responds with a confession of faith that Jesus is the Christ. Prayer: I imagine you asking me, “Who do you say that I am?” Though I am not sure I fully understand the implications of any answer I might give, I do know that you will show me the way because you are the Way.
Posted on 09/15/2018 01:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Crucifixion of Jesus John 19:25-27 There is an important connection between yesterday’s feast, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and today’s memorial. Mary watched while her son Jesus’ battered and bloody body was lifted high on the cross. He commits her to the care of John, the beloved disciple. They share in his suffering and will share in his exaltation. Prayer: Mary, your “yes” to God exemplified humble obedience. You did not waver in your commitment, standing courageously by him to his death. Now you are seated beside him in his glory.