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January 2023

Jan 30

January 30, 2023

Mk 5:1-20 Mark’s account of the man possessed is vividly detailed. It begins with a sad description of his situation. The man approaches Jesus and asks that the demons be expelled from him and sent into the herd of swine. Jesus does what he asks, returning the man to wholeness. He wants to follow Jesus, but remains in his community,...
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Jan 29

January 29, 2023

Mt 5:1-12   These traditional sayings at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount are the heart of Jesus’ teaching. They seem a reversal of all things human but are in fact the way to be one with God. Jesus challenges his disciples and the crowd to live the spirit of the Beatitudes unlike the scribes and Pharisees.   Through...
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Jan 28

January 28, 2023

Mk 4:35-41 Confusion and fear get the best of the disciples. After all they have been through with him, hearing his teaching and preaching and witnessing his care for those in need, he sleeps when they need him. With a word, he calms the sea, quiets the wind and admonishes them for their lack of faith. During the tumultuous times of life, I have...
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Jan 27

January 27, 2023

Mk 4:26-34 Just as the farmer cannot control the natural growth development of his crops when he is sleeping, the coming of the kingdom is under God’s control alone. The mustard seed, the smallest of seeds, is used as a way of understanding that no matter how small, the efforts of a faith-filled person, community will grow. You are God and...
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Jan 26

January 26, 2023

Mk 4:21-25 The words of the parable and the parable like saying in today’s Gospel, emphasize the importance of pondering Jesus’ life and his message. Doing so thoroughly prepares a person to share the meaning with others. Prayer and reflection must be ongoing to hold on to their belief and gain a deeper understanding of the messenger...
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Jan 25

January 25, 2023

Mk 16:15-18 Jesus commissions the Eleven, sending them out to carry on his mission proclaiming the Gospel, healing the sick, casting out demons and baptizing the believers. And in turn those baptized will go out and do the same. You are the God of surprises. You call those least likely and transform their lives. St. Paul is proof of this and in...
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Jan 24

January 24, 2023

Mk 3:31-35 Jesus’ family has arrived, hoping to protect him from doing and saying that which would bring him into conflict with the leaders. Likely, to the surprise of those seated around Jesus, he turns to them telling them that they are his family because they are doing God’s will. This is what it means to Jesus to be family. There...
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Jan 23

January 23, 2023

Mk 3:22-30 To discredit Jesus, the scribes twist his power over the demons. He responds to their accusation with two parables about the downfall brought about by internal divisions. The source of his power is divine, thus, what they are saying is unforgivable. As a people united in support of life from conception to natural death, we pray this...
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Jan 22

January 22, 2023

Mt 4:12-23 With John’s arrest, the time has come for Jesus to begin his public ministry. He travels from Judea to Galilee as foretold by the prophet Isaiah. He calls four men to follow him. They leave everything and travel with him throughout Galilee where he teaches, preaches and heals the sick. You know, I struggle constantly with...
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Jan 21

January 21, 2023

Mk 3:20-21   Jesus returns home but not without attracting large crowds. Sadly, even some of his family members don’t understand him. They are concerned because they see his words and actions as a manifestation of an unstable mind.   We pray always for the truth in our understanding of you, your mission and our call to...
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Jan 20

January 20, 2023

Mk 3:13-19   Jesus chooses The Twelve from the disciples. He calls them to journey with him up the mountain. It is there that Jesus “names” them, which means they belong to him, to the Father. They will actively share in his ministry and mission by preaching, teaching, healing and driving out demons.   Come, Holy Spirit,...
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Jan 19

January 19, 2023

Mk 3:7-12   In today’s Gospel, Mark gives the reader time to pause and reflect before moving on with Jesus’ story. In this passage, Mark speaks not only to Jesus’ appeal to the crowds who gather and follow him, but also to Jesus’ insistence that they must not misunderstand and misrepresent his mission. They are to...
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Jan 18

January 18, 2023

Mk 3:1-6   How can there be a better way in the eyes of God than to do good and to save lives, no matter the day? It makes so much sense but not to the Pharisees. They have been watching and waiting. They now have the evidence they feel they need to make the next move toward destroying Jesus.   Jesus, we know that you are merciful and...
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Jan 17

January 17, 2023

Mk 2:23-28 The Pharisees are again infuriated by the actions of Jesus and his disciples. Jesus counters their protest by citing the story from Scripture that tells of David taking exception to the law for the sake of his followers who are hungry. He tells the Pharisees that God created the Sabbath for his people, not the other way around. They...
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Jan 16

January 16, 2023

Mk 2:18-22 In the same way Jesus’ “table ministry” challenges the Jewish leaders, so does the fasting style of the disciples. To make his point in response to their criticism, Jesus uses wedding imagery. There is no need to fast in preparation for God’s coming. In the person of Jesus, God is present. The time to fast will...
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Jan 15

January 15, 2023

Jn 1:29-34 John sees Jesus and testifies that he is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Jesus is who John has been talking about when he preaches. Jesus is God’s chosen one. At Jesus’ baptism, John witnesses the Spirit of God coming down on him. John knows that he is the one. Here I am and I want to do...
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Jan 14

January 14, 2023

Mk 2:13-17   Because of his profession, Levi is automatically held in contempt by the Jewish people. And yet Jesus chooses him and calls Levi to follow him, which he does without question. Jesus further provokes the scribes and Pharisees by eating at Levi’s house in the company of other tax collectors. Like those who are sick, they...
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Jan 13

January 13, 2023

Mk 2:1-12 The size of the crowd is no match for the determination of the four men. They will get their friend to Jesus by whatever means necessary. Jesus sees and responds to this act of faith. He first absolves the man of his sins, which surprises the crowd and scandalizes the scribes and Pharisees. It is only God who has the power to forgive....
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Jan 12

January 12, 2023

Mk 1:40-45 Having been barred from the community for so long, the man with leprosy approaches Jesus directly. He does not insist or beg that Jesus heal him, rather he places his trust in him. Though instructed to tell no one, the man’s exhilaration gets the best of him. He cannot help but share his good news. We pray for those on the...
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Jan 11

January 11, 2023

Mk 1:29-39 The beginning days of Jesus’ ministry are power packed with no time to rest. Even his time for prayer is interrupted because word of him has spread far and wide. Jesus heals the sick and drives out demons. He asks only that they keep all this to themselves so that his identity is not misunderstood. There is more to Jesus’...
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Jan 9

January 9, 2023

Mt 3:13-17 John knows that Jesus is not in need of a baptism associated with the forgiveness of sins. Nevertheless, Jesus tells him that his baptism must take place in fulfillment of God’s will. When Jesus rises out of the water, the skies open, the dove, God’s spirit descends upon him, and God acknowledges his son aloud. I celebrate...
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Jan 8

January 8, 2023

Mt 2:1-12 The faith of these three wise men from the East, gentiles not Jews, stands in contrast to Herod’s lack of faith and corrupt intentions. Knowing who the child is, they adore him, give him gifts fit for a king and rather than returning to Herod as directed, they take a different route home. There are those who seek and those who...
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Jan 7

January 7, 2023

Jn 2:1-11 “Signs” are important to John in his Gospel. It is at the wedding in the town of Cana that the first sign takes place, Jesus’ first miracle only recorded in John. Though initially resistant, Jesus knows, as does his mother, that it is time for his glory to be made manifest through further signs and wonders. Blessed...
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Jan 6

January 6, 2023

Mk 1:7-11 All that John has said in his preaching points to Jesus and is fulfilled when Jesus goes to the Jordan to be baptized, signaling the beginning of his public ministry. In that moment, the Father sends his Spirit upon Jesus, blessing him and proclaiming his love for him. Spirit of the Living God, you came upon me on the day I was...
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Jan 5

January 5, 2023

Jn 1:43-51   Jesus and the first disciples travel on. Philip finds Nathanael who is at first a bit skeptical. Jesus says that he recognizes Nathanael and knows him to be an honest and sincere man. This brings him around to acknowledging that Jesus and is the “Son of God,” “King of Israel.”   You know me. You...
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Jan 4

January 4, 2023

Jn 1:35-42   Two men, disciples of John, hear Jesus and spend the day with him. During that short period of time, one of them, Andrew, came to know and believe that Jesus is the Messiah. He finds his brother Simon and shares this good news through which causes him to join his brother in following Jesus.   St. Elizabeth, you had many...
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Jan 3

January 3, 3023

Jn 1:29-34   Today’s Gospel is one in a series of testimonies given by witnesses who identify Jesus. John the Baptist’s primary role is bearing witness to Jesus telling the people that he is the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” God’s spirit descends upon Jesus, the chosen one.   Jesus,...
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Jan 2

January 2, 2023

Jn 1:19-28 The priests and Levites want to know who John is. He tells them he is neither the Christ nor Elijah or any other expected prophet. John quotes Isaiah. The Pharisees question him about his baptisms. John tells them he baptizes with water preparing the world for the one greater than he who will baptize with the God’s Holy Spirit....
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Jan 1

January 1, 2023

Lk 2:16-21 It is fitting that the child Jesus’ humble beginning is proclaimed to lowly shepherds. Like Mary and Joseph, God blesses them with a celestial message of Jesus’ birth. They go without hesitation to see what “the Lord has made known” to them. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray with me and for my family that they...
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