Daily Reading and Prayer

November 2021

Nov 27

November 27, 2021

Lk 21:34-36 So as not to be caught by surprise and unprepared, Jesus exhorts his disciples to set aside anxiety caused by pressures of life, avoid laziness and behave in a way that is fitting for anyone awaiting the coming of the Son of Man. I pray for strength to stand ready and focused on you, no matter what trials and tribulations come. This...
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Nov 26

November 26, 2021

Lk 21:29-33 Jesus tells the parable about not only the fig tree but all trees that bud in the spring. It is a sign that summer is coming. In the same way there will be signs of the coming of the Son of Man. As unsettling as the signs of the times might be, you have said, “… my words will not pass away” and in that I know you...
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Nov 25

November 25, 2021

Lk 17:11-19 This beautiful story is as much about remembering to express gratitude as it is about healing. Jesus sends the 10 off to the high priest for the ritual cleansing that will restore them to the community. It is the one, a Samaritan, who realizes what has been done for him and returns to Jesus to thank him. I pray for a constant...
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Nov 24

November 24, 2021

Lk 21:12-19 Jesus tells his followers that they will be handed over, some by family members. They will be tried before the leaders like so many before them. This will be an opportunity to witness to the truth. They need not be afraid or worry about what to say. The Spirit will give them courage to speak and the words to use. I pray for the...
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Nov 23

November 23, 2021

Lk 21:5-11 In today’s Gospel, Jesus is teaching in the temple for the last time. He warns of the impending destruction of the temple in the midst of war and natural disaster. All these things must take place for the end to come. He tells them not to let their fear make them vulnerable to false messages from others claiming to be him. The...
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Nov 22

November 22, 2021

Lk 21:1-4 Jesus contrasts the temple contributions offered by those who have the means with that offered by a poor widow. Though the woman gives very little, she gives with a generous heart and trust in God’s providence. I am humbled by the generosity of those who have little or nothing material. Help me to be willing to give in that same...
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Nov 21

November 21, 2021

Jn 18:33-37 In this dialogue between Pilate and Jesus, Pilate poses a dangerous question. Is Jesus “King of the Jews”? Jesus implies in his response that he is king but not of the world. His mission is truth and only those who are committed to truth hear him. In our world today, we long for honest leadership. Is there such a thing?...
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Nov 20

November 20, 2021

Lk 20:27-40 The Sadducees are hoping that Jesus’ answer to their question might support their narrow interpretation of the law. Though the question about marriage might have been relevant to those of “this age,” it reveals their lack of understanding of resurrection. Jesus tells the Sadducees that resurrection life will...
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Nov 19

November 19, 2021

Lk 19:45-48   Jesus is making the necessary changes to the use of the temple. It is a house of prayer not a marketplace. Jesus is the true, authoritative teacher and prayer leader. The temple is the center of his ministry. You have always been the master teacher. I am thankful to be able to hear your words and imagine your actions so long...
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Nov 18

November 18, 2021

Lk 19:41-44 Jerusalem does not see Jesus’ message about God’s great plan for her nor will she accept God’s messenger, his Son. The destruction of Jerusalem is in the near future but in the same way the people did not accept the prophets of old, they do not accept the Messiah. A parent knows there will be consequences for their...
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Nov 17

November 17, 2021

Lk 19:11-28 “Go and bear fruit,” from St. John’s Gospel and the acclamation today leads us to what Jesus is telling his disciples in the parable. While waiting for Jesus’ return, they must not hide in fear but go out using the gifts that he has given them to draw others into relationship with the Father. So often, I take...
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Nov 16

November 16, 2121

Lk 19:1-10 Because Zacchaeus is “short of stature,” he cannot see Jesus through the crowd. He decides the best solution to this dilemma is to climb a tree. Though spontaneous and impetuous, there is something genuine about this and it catches Jesus’ attention. Jesus’ invitation brings about Zacchaeus’s desire to...
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Nov 15

November 15, 2021

Lk 18:35-43   It’s hard to imagine having no one to depend upon but those who reject you. Perhaps it is because he has nothing left to lose that the blind man persists. Jesus hears him and knows him. The man acknowledges Jesus’ identity, a sign of his faith. Jesus, you came into the world to serve those who are seen as...
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Nov 14

November 14, 2021

Mk 13:24-32   Jesus tells the disciples that like the signs of changing seasons, there will be signs of his coming. No matter how turbulent they must seek consolation in the sure knowledge that he will be with them. He tells them that even though no one knows when this will happen, they must persevere and remain faithful.   The signs...
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Nov 13

November 13, 2021

Lk 18:1-8 Jesus is offering his disciples encouragement by telling them this parable. It is found only in Luke’s Gospel and has similarities to the man waking his neighbor (11:5-8). He is telling them that while they wait for the coming of the kingdom, they must pray persistently. If the judge finally acts in response to the woman’s...
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Nov 12

November 12, 2021

Lk 17:26-37 Jesus continues his discourse about the coming about the Son of Man. He uses the ancient stories of Noah and Lot and the examples of two men and two women to illustrate the how suddenly it will come. He reminds them that though they may be caught up in their day to day lives, they must not hold on or look back. I don’t seem to...
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Nov 11

November 11, 2021

Lk 17:20-25 Jesus’ response to the Pharisees question about the coming of the kingdom can be summed up in that it is “already but not yet.” He tells them that if they do not pay attention to the present signs, to him, to his ministry, they will not be ready for the breakthrough of the fullness of the kingdom. Undo concern about...
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Nov 10

November 10, 2021

Lk 17:11-19 Jesus heals the lepers and sends them off to the high priest for a ritual cleansing that will restore them to the community. It is the one, a Samaritan, who realizes what has been done for him and before going to the temple returns to Jesus to thank him. Jesus praises his expression of gratitude and criticizes the nine who did not...
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Nov 9

November 9, 2021

Jn 2:13-22 Jesus’ anger was not about the sale of animals for sacrifice but about the misuse of power. The merchants were selling the animals at inflated prices beyond the means of the worshipers. The words he spoke while driving out the merchants carried a double meaning about not only the physical destruction of the temple but about his...
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Nov 8

November 8, 2021

Lk 17:1-6 Jesus continues to teach his disciples on route to Jerusalem. He tells them that they will encounter stumbling blocks along their journey of faith. However, if they are the stumbling blocks causing another to sin, there will be consequences. There are times when I feel my faith is even smaller than a mustard seed, but I remember...
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Nov 7

November 7, 2021

Mk 12:38-44   The hypocrisy of the scribes is evident in their treatment of widows which stands against Moses’ law about care for the vulnerable, widows, orphans and strangers. Jesus tells the poignant story of the widow whose temple offering, though small, it is all that she has.   I pray to become so totally dependent on you,...
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Nov 6

November 6, 2021

Lk 16:9-15   Jesus cautions his disciples about subordinating spiritual riches to material things and encourages them to be good stewards with what they have always mindful of those who have less. The Pharisees are known for their attachment to money and balk at Jesus’ parable and the practical application.   I pray for an...
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Nov 5

November 5, 2021

Lk 16:1-8   Jesus tells the story of a steward who initially mismanages his employer’s property. The teaching beneath the story line is difficult to understand. Rather than focus on the moral or immoral behavior of the steward, Jesus points out his enterprising plan for his future and appeals to the disciples to be that enterprising...
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Nov 4

November 4, 2021

Lk 15:1-10   There is great joy in recovering what is lost. That one sheep that strayed meant so much to the shepherd. Similarly, every person is loved equally by God whether saint or sinner. When we stray, God seeks us out willing us back to his embrace.   Parents understand the seeking, the finding, and the joy of the lost...
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Nov 3

November 3, 2021

Lk 14:25-33 Discipleship is challenging and costly. Jesus uses exaggeration, known to his culture to make his point. A disciple must not let anything or anyone one stand in the way of complete commitment to Jesus. If family members do so, they must be renounced. Jesus uses two examples of the all-consuming nature of discipleship. As disciples we...
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Nov 2

November 2, 2021

Jn 6:37-40 What Jesus says and does, his whole life, is on behalf of the Father. Jesus is God incarnate. He brings God’s will to life. Those who believe what they hear and what they see and act on it will come to know the Father and ultimately have eternal life. I pray for those family members and friends who have died and hold on to the...
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Nov 1

November 1, 2021

Mt 5:1-12   The Beatitudes hold their place appropriately at the beginning of the five discourses known as Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Jesus is calling his disciples to live humbly, in service, in solidarity and as faithful witnesses. Those who are poor and vulnerable are most in need of their concern and care.   “Hunger...
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