Posted on 09/20/2018 02:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Pardon of the Sinful Woman Luke 7:36-50 Simon does not see the difference between his hospitality and that of the woman. He is focused not only on the inappropriateness of her actions but on Jesus’ willingness to accept her gesture. Jesus tells Simon the parable of the money lender and opens his eyes. By faith, the woman approached Jesus, knowing that he would forgive her for her sins. Prayer: I often find it difficult to forgive myself. It is in those times that I remember the depth and breadth of your mercy.
Posted on 09/19/2018 02:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Jesus’ Testimony to John Luke 7:31-35 Jesus tells the crowds that the people of “this generation” are like obstinate children. Nothing satisfies them. Their reasons for rejecting Jesus are inconsistent with their reasons for rejecting John. They are closed to God’s working in Jesus. Those who are open and embrace God’s plan will be vindicated. Prayer: Let us pray for the people of “this generation” who seek satisfaction in all the wrong things and all the wrong places. Jesus, open their eyes.
Posted on 09/18/2018 02:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Raising of the Widow’s Son Luke 7:11-17 For a widow, the death of her only son means far more than the pain of the obvious loss. Her fate is sealed; she has no one to provide for even her basic needs. Jesus feels great compassion for this woman and, by God’s authority, returns the son to his mother. Prayer: Lord God, you visit your people and pour out your love and compassion, bringing healing and wholeness.
Posted on 09/17/2018 02:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Healing of the Centurion’s Slave Luke 7:1-10 It becomes clear very quickly that this soldier, because of his nature, recognizes that same care and compassion in Jesus. He appeals to Jesus’ authority in a way that demonstrates humility and a deep faith. Jesus acknowledges this before all and heals the slave. Prayer: I am thankful to be reminded by this unlikely character of the disposition I must have each time I come to your table.
Posted on 09/16/2018 02:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Peter’s Confession about Jesus/The First Prediction of the Passion/Conditions of Discipleship Mark 8:27-35 Today’s Gospel begins with Jesus posing a question to the disciples about what others are saying about him. He then directs the question to his disciples. Peter responds with a confession of faith that Jesus is the Christ. Prayer: I imagine you asking me, “Who do you say that I am?” Though I am not sure I fully understand the implications of any answer I might give, I do know that you will show me the way because you are the Way.
Posted on 09/15/2018 02:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Crucifixion of Jesus John 19:25-27 There is an important connection between yesterday’s feast, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and today’s memorial. Mary watched while her son Jesus’ battered and bloody body was lifted high on the cross. He commits her to the care of John, the beloved disciple. They share in his suffering and will share in his exaltation. Prayer: Mary, your “yes” to God exemplified humble obedience. You did not waver in your commitment, standing courageously by him to his death. Now you are seated beside him in his glory.
Posted on 09/14/2018 02:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Nicodemus John 3:13-17 Jesus continues his instruction of Nicodemus with reference to Moses and the elevated serpent. Elevation—exaltation—is central to John’s theology. With it comes the understanding that God’s motivation to give his only son is love, love for all creation, especially humanity. Salvation is dependent upon that love. Prayer: You emptied yourself. You humbled yourself. You were obedient to your Father even to your death. How can I forget that? How can I ignore that? How do I measure up to that kind of love?
Posted on 09/13/2018 02:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Love of Enemies/Judging Others Luke 6:27-38 Jesus’ teaching about discipleship carries the greatest challenge of all. It is not enough to love those with whom we are in a loving relationship. He calls us to love those who are the least loveable. We must “love, do good, and give” not just to friends but to enemies as well. Prayer: Help me to put on “ heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,” to never judge, to always forgive.
Posted on 09/12/2018 02:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
Sermon on the Plain Luke 6:20-26 Like Moses, Jesus comes down from the mountain and addresses his disciples. He speaks to them in the present tense, telling them who they are now. Their reward will be great. He then shifts to the woes directed to those who do not share their wealth. There will be consequences. Prayer: The Beatitudes are the heart of your law, O God. They remind me not so much about what I should and should not do, but about how I must be in relationship with you and my sisters and brothers.
Posted on 09/11/2018 02:00 AM (Our Sunday Visitor Catholic Publishing Company )
The Mission of the Twelve/Ministering to a Great Multitude Luke 6:12-19 Jesus returns to the mountain to pray. This time with his Father is a preparation for his calling of the Twelve. The number is significant; the Apostles will lead the renewed Israel. Prayer: God of the Apostles, animate your holy Church, those who lead and those who follow, to give witness to your love and mercy.