Daily Reading and Prayer

November 2021

Nov 30

November 30, 2021

Mt 4:18-22 Jesus’ core group of The Twelve is chosen. They are fishermen and about their everyday business. Jesus calls them and without thought or preparation, they leave their business and their families to follow him. Because of their spontaneity we know Jesus’ invitation had divine origin. How many have said no to your invitation...
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Nov 29

November 29, 2021

Mt 8:5-11 Is it not astounding that this soldier would ask Jesus for help? For a servant? Equally astounding is his looking at Jesus’ leadership through the lens of his own job description and experience. It’s no wonder Jesus is amazed. The centurion, a gentile has faith greater than any Jewish person he has encountered. We speak the...
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Nov 28

November 28, 2021

Lk 21:25-28, 34-36 Jesus tells his disciples that there are signs pointing to the coming of the Son of Man. The shaking of the cosmic forces will cause those who do not believe to panic. They must stand firm and ready for God’s deliverance much like the people of the Exodus. There are so many signs today that might lead us to despair. May...
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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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