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Daily Reading and Prayer

April 2020

Apr 9

April 9, 2020

Jn 13:1-15 The Sacred Paschal Triduum begins tonight. We commemorate the institution of the Eucharist. We are also led to an understanding of the true meaning of discipleship. Jesus, the master, the teacher, humbly serves his disciples by washing their feet and instructs them to do the same for one another. I am thankful for receiving what has...
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Apr 8

April 8, 2020

Mt 26:14-25 Judas chooses the path of evil. The plan is in place as he watches and waits for the right moment. Perhaps he thinks he feigns innocence well but Jesus, very much in command of the situation, knows exactly who is about to betray him. In the end Judas betrayal led to despair. I pray for all those tempted to choose that path. May they...
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Apr 7

April 7, 2020

Jn 13:21-33, 36-38 No doubt Jesus is troubled, more so by his disciples then his looming passion and death. Predictions of betrayal and denial bracket his telling his disciples that he must go and they cannot follow. Judas leaves the supper setting the events in motion. It was faith in your Father’s will that moved you to enter into the...
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Apr 6

April 6, 2020

Jn 12:1-11 At this meal, a reunion of sorts, Martha and Mary are true to themselves each in her own way. Judas’ is also true to himself by speaking out against Mary’s extravagance. Jesus defends Mary’s gesture. It is a sign of what is to come. Jesus, you light the way for me on the path to salvation. Help me to remain on that...
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Apr 5

April 5, 2020

Mt 26:14-27:66 We enter into Jesus Passion in Matthew’s Gospel today, from his triumphant procession into Jerusalem through the familiar stories of meal sharing and sacrament, betrayal and denial, mockery and abandonment, to Jesus’ death and burial. Holy Week has begun! Son of God, you reveal to us your humanity in your suffering....
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Apr 4

April 4, 2020

Jn 11:45-56 Following the raising of Lazarus from the dead, the hard-core plotting and planning on the part of the Jewish leaders begins. While they deliberate, it is Caiaphas who makes the argument that tips the scale. With the concern that Jesus’ works will catch the negative attention of the Romans, he says that it is better for one...
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Apr 3

April 3, 2020

Jn 10:31-42 The people are unable to accept anything Jesus says about the significance of his relationship with the Father. Because they believe his words to be blasphemy, the good works Jesus has done count for nothing. He returns to the place where his ministry began, and he is well received. I pray this day for those who do not believe. Holy...
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Apr 2

April 2, 2020

Jn 8:51-59 The discussion about Abraham continues and the more Jesus tries to explain himself the more resistant the people become. Their anger accelerates to the point of their attempting to do him physical harm. God of Abraham, I am thankful that no matter how many generations have turned from you, and even against you, you have never...
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Apr 1

April 1, 2020

Jn 8:31-42 Though Jesus is speaking to those “who believe in him,” there is still confusion and resistance. They take what he says about sin being slavery literally and become defensive about their heritage. Jesus quells the dispute by stating clearly who he is and “whose” he is. You are the way, the truth and the light....
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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