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May 2017

May 31

May 31, 2017

Luke 1:39-56 Two women whose lives are bound together by God’s design joyfully greet one another. Elizabeth praises Mary for being the mother of the Lord. Mary responds with words of a humble servant in the canticle commonly called “The Magnificat.” Prayer: Mary and Elizabeth, you opened yourselves to God’s grace. Pray...
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May 30

May 30, 2017

John 17:1-11a Again, we hear the Gospel proclaimed on the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Jesus’ prayer seems to sum up what was, what is, and what will be. He was one with the Father before the world began. While on earth he remained one with the Father while glorifying and revealing the Father to the world. Now it is time for him to return to...
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May 29

May 29, 2017

John 16:29-33 Jesus tells the disciples again about his and their relationship with the Father. Because of the way he says the words, they seem to have some understanding, though naïve, of what he has been telling them. He goes on to warn them that they will scatter like sheep in the days ahead. But he offers words of comfort, telling them...
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May 28

May 28, 2017

John 17:1-11a Jesus prays directly to the Father in words reminiscent of the “Our Father,” though 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: Jesus, you prayed for me then. You pray for me...
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May 27

May 27, 2017

John 16:23b-28 John Chapter 16 gives a great deal of attention to Jesus’ coming and going. In somewhat veiled language or figures of speech, Jesus tells the disciples that soon all that he has told them will come to pass. He reminds them that because of their relationship with him, their love for him, they are loved by the Father. ...
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May 26

May 26, 2017

John 16:20-23 Jesus tells his disciples that when he leaves life will go on as usual for the world. It may seem that they are lost forever in grief and despair. Like the mother who labors forgets the pain once she has her newborn child in her arms, their joy at seeing Jesus in glory will overshadow their suffering. Prayer: Risen Lord, at times...
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May 25

May 25, 2017

Matthew 28:16-20 The eleven apostles are sent out to teach and baptize, to make disciples. Jesus’ words express clearly the reality of the Trinity and fulfill the name given to him at his conception — Emmanuel, God is with us. Prayer: I pray in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who draw me into their perfect...
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May 24

May 24, 2017

John 16:12-15 The Advocate, the Spirit who will come to them soon after Jesus leaves, will speak the truth to the disciples’ hearts and through inspired writers and preachers. Jesus spoke the truth to the disciples in the flesh. He will no longer be with them in the flesh. He will be with them in the Spirit, speaking the truth through the...
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May 23

May 23, 2017

John 16:5-11 Jesus tells the disciples he is going, but they must not grieve their loss because, in fact, it is gain. He will send the Advocate who will prosecute the world for its disbelief. And though he dies the death of a criminal, it is the means by which Jesus will return to the Father. Prayer: I know that I must trust your plan for me in...
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May 22

May 22, 2017

John 15:26-16:4A Just as the Spirit testifies to Jesus so will the disciples. However, there is a price to be paid in the dark days ahead. Those in the world who do not know the Son will do to them what they did to him. Prayer: Jesus, you remain with us, guiding us through the darkness. Your love is what gives us courage and...
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May 21

May 21, 2017

John 14: 15-21 Jesus is preparing his disciples for what is ahead. When he leaves, they will not be alone. Just as Jesus is in the Father and the Father is in him, once gone from their sight, he will remain in the disciples and they remain in him through the Holy Spirit. Prayer: I pray for all those who are either willingly or unknowingly...
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May 20

May 20, 2017

John 15:18-21 Jesus tells the disciples that the price of discipleship is very high. Though living in the world, they must not be of the world. Because their words and works will all be in the name of Jesus, they too will be ignored, despised and persecuted. Prayer: There is a fine line between being “in” and “of” the...
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May 19

May 19, 2017

John 15:12-17 Jesus tells his disciples that the model of love is to sacrifice one’s life for friends. As has been made clear, those with him do not yet understand the limitless love Jesus has for them, nor do they understand what is expected of them in the work ahead. Prayer: Jesus, I am not sure I alone have the courage to sacrifice...
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May 18

May 18, 2017

John 15:9-11 Those who believe are drawn into the mutual love of Father and Son through Jesus’ love. There is no other way to respond but to serve and love one another. This love is not without trial and suffering, but through that suffering comes great joy. Pope Francis likens Christian joy to the joy of a mother embracing her child for...
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May 17

May 17, 2017

John 15:1-8 Today’s Gospel is a beautiful and meaningful expression of relationship that the believer must take to heart. The commandment of love is rooted in the love of the Father and the Son and the love of Jesus and the disciples. It is a love both mutual and reciprocal. For John, the love Christians have for one another is a...
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May 16

May 16, 2017

John 14:27-31a Jesus’ discourses (speeches) in John’s Gospel end on a hopeful note. Though his disciples remain troubled about what is ahead, Jesus consoles them by offering them peace, the peace that comes through his love of the Father poured out to them. All that Jesus has told them and what he tells them now will help them...
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May 15

May 15, 2017

John 14:21-26 Judas’ question provokes a response from Jesus reiterating the relational aspect of the commandments. He and the Father will only be revealed to those who are open to a loving relationship with him, and thus with the Father. Prayer: I learn from you, Father, Son, and Spirit, what it is to love. By your grace, may I love as...
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May 14

May 14, 2017

John 14:1-12 The disciples are confused and afraid. Jesus consoles them and at the same time reminds them that they must have faith in him. It is faith that will save them. Even though he is leaving, they will continue the work of the Father, and Jesus will return for them.   Prayer: Thank you for the gift of faith. When I doubt, you...
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May 13

May 13, 2017

John 14:7-14 Following the conversation with Phillip about Jesus’ relationship with the Father, Jesus turns his attention to the disciples, telling them that he is their advocate. They need only ask in Jesus’ name and they will be able to do what he has done, and more. Prayer: Jesus, I am thankful for all who have taught me about...
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May 12

May 12, 2017

John 14:1-6 Jesus consoles his troubled disciples by telling them that, even though he must leave them for a time, he is going to prepare a place for them so that they can be with him again. Thomas is honest in expressing his concern hinged on a literal understanding of the meaning of “the way.” Jesus tells the disciples that it is...
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May 11

May 11, 2017

John 13:16-20 Today’s Gospel returns to the evening of the Passover. Jesus emphasizes two points for his disciples, knowing God’s plan is unfolding. One is that in the same way he humbled himself by washing the feet of his disciples, so they must do for others. And, by receiving him they receive the Father, for he and the Father are...
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May 10

May 10, 2017

John 12:44-50 Jesus presents a summary of the most important points of his teaching to this point in John’s Gospel: union of Father and Son; Jesus, the light come to dispel the darkness, come not to condemn but to save; and the inevitability of judgment, a harsh reality for those who do not believe. Prayer: There is no limit to your love....
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May 9

May 9, 2017

John 10:22-30 Jesus is in the temple area on the feast. The Jewish leaders press Jesus to tell them if he is the Messiah. He replies that he has already told them and they did not listen. Jesus then goes on to use the metaphor of the sheep knowing the voice of their shepherd. The Jews do not know the voice of their Lord, who is one with the...
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May 8

May 8, 2017

John 10:11-18 A good shepherd will not abandon his flock; rather, he will go so far as to give his life to protect his sheep from harm. This act of total, loving self-sacrifice is the heart of the shepherd and sheep metaphor for what God offers. Prayer: I pray to be able to attune my ear to your voice, my Shepherd, over the din of the voices...
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May 7

May 7, 2017

John 10:1-10 A good shepherd is a perfect image representing the love and protection God offers his people. On this, Good Shepherd Sunday, Psalm 23 and John’s Gospel capture the essence of the relationship between shepherd and sheep, which Jesus holds in contrast to those whose intentions are dishonest and self-serving. Prayer: Good...
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May 6

May 6, 2017

John 6:60-69 At the end of Jesus’ discourse (speech), the disciples admit that they find his words difficult to understand, his directives difficult to follow. Some choose to walk away. The Twelve remain and Peter, their spokesperson, states bluntly that knowing Jesus, journeying with him, leaves no choice but to remain with him. Prayer:...
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May 5

May 5, 2017

John 6:52-59 Jesus shifts from speaking about believing to focusing on eating and drinking. It is communion, not just encounter, with the Divine that gives life. His flesh and blood, Jesus in his entirety, is nourishment enough. Prayer: How blessed I am that you want to be part of me and will that I become a part of you. This content comes to...
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May 4

May 4, 2017

John 6:44-51 Again, Jesus contrasts the bread he offers with the manna in the desert. Even though the Israelites ate the manna, they died. The bread Jesus offers brings new life, eternal life, for all who believe. Prayer: When I receive you in the Eucharist I will remember what you have said and know what you have promised. This content comes to...
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May 3

May 3, 2017

John 14:6-14 Speaking to Thomas, Jesus says that he and the Father are one; however, Phillip is not convinced and asks for visible proof. He wants to see the Father. Somewhat exasperated, Jesus again clarifies his relationship with the Father. His words and works are the words and works of the Father. Prayer:  At your name, Jesus, I bow out...
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May 2

May 2, 2017

John 6:30-35 The people recall the miracle of the manna that saved their ancestors in the desert, but they do not fully understand. It seems they long for a similar sign, but Jesus tells them that it is the Father who gives the true bread for the life of the world. Jesus is that bread. Prayer: You are all I need, Lord. You satisfy everything I...
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May 1

May 1, 2017

John 6:22-29 Jesus travels to Capernaum after feeding five thousand and walking on the sea. The crowds follow. He tells them that the food he offers is unlike the manna their ancestors ate or the loaves they have just eaten. His is food that endures. All they need to do is believe. Prayer: I pray this day for all those families whose children...
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