Daily Reading and Prayer

April 2021

Apr 21

April 21, 2021

Jn 6:35-40 The food and drink analogy in John’s Gospel is to present Jesus as the one, the only one needed to gain eternal life. It is God’s will that everyone believe. The crowd’s initial misunderstanding, in reality unbelief, is proof that they see what they want to see, not what is really real. I can understand what it is to...
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Apr 20

April 20, 2021

Jn 6:30-35 The crowd boldly asks Jesus for signs. What else can he do for them? Clearly their enthusiasm about the multiplication has faded. They site what Moses did for the people in the desert. Jesus responds by saying that God was responsible for that miracle, not Moses. He reminds them again that the bread of God is not meant to satisfy...
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Apr 19

April 19, 2021

Jn 6:22-29 The people, who Jesus miraculously fed, search for him. When they find him, they ask how he got to Capernaum. Rather than satisfying their curiosity with the truth, which they would have misunderstood, Jesus redirects their attention to the spiritual nature of his mission. He tells them that the only reason they look for him is...
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Apr 18

April 18, 2021

Lk 24:35-48   They had heard he had risen from witnesses yet they still did not believe. Then Jesus is before them. Jesus shows them his wounds and asks them for something to eat. He then reminds them of all that was written and all he had told them. Jesus opens their minds and hearts and promises them he will send the Father’s...
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Apr 17

April 17, 2021

Jn 6:16-21 In the night, the disciples take their boat out to sea. They head back to shore when caught unexpectedly in turbulent waters. Then he appears, walking toward them on the water. They are frightened, but his words calm their fears. I am thankful that you feed me when I am hungry and calm me during the storms of my life. Knowing you are...
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Apr 16

April 16, 2021

Jn 6:1-15 We see this miraculous feeding of a large crowd of people with a minimal amount of food in all four of the Gospels. Not only do we recall the story of God providing the Israelites with food on their desert journey through this event, but we are led toward what is to be, the Eucharist. Let us give thanks for the miracles that have gone...
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Apr 15

April 15, 2021

Jn 3:31-36 The distinction between above and below, and belief and unbelief are as significant in John’s Gospel as that between light and dark. Jesus speaks to the one way, the only way, through him to the Father by the generous outpouring of God’s Spirit. I praise and thank you Lord God, for the most perfect relationship between...
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Apr 14

April 14, 2021

Jn 3:16-21 That “God so loved the world” is the driving principle of creation and salvation. God gifted the world with himself in the Incarnation. It is through Jesus Christ the darkness becomes light and unbelief becomes belief. You have given me the gift of faith and I am blessed beyond measure. Though I am not worthy, I know I am...
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Apr 13

April 13, 2021

Jn 3:7-15 Jesus’ instruction to Nicodemus continues. Jesus challenges his lack of understanding by asking how it is possible that a Pharisee, a teacher of the Jewish people, does not understand what he is saying. He concludes by likening Moses’ serpent on the pole to his being lifted up on the cross in order to gain eternal life for...
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Apr 12

April 12, 2021

Jn 3: 1-8 Nicodemus is drawn to Jesus but has not yet come fully to faith. The signs seem to point to Jesus’ divine origin but what Jesus says about being born again, confuses him. Nicodemus hears what Jesus is saying in a literal sense. To be born again means to live less in flesh and more in spirit; to turn from vice to virtue; to live...
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Apr 11

April 11, 2021

Jn 20:19-31 The disciples are hiding in fear. Jesus appears to them and offers them consolation. He wants them to know he is not an apparition and shows them his wounds. By the Holy Spirit, they are confirmed and commissioned. Thomas moves past doubt to a sincere profession of faith in the Lord. I am ashamed of the times that I have doubted you...
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Apr 10

April 10, 2021

Mk 16:9-15 What is known as the Longer Ending of Mark’s Gospel includes Jesus’ appearance to Mary Magdalene and the two disciples, perhaps those on the road to Emmaus. They go to tell the others but are met with skepticism. Jesus appears to admonish them for their unbelief. Nevertheless he commissions them, sending them out into the...
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Apr 9

April 9, 2021

Jn 21:1-14 Seven are present for Jesus’ third appearance. Once again, John, the beloved disciple is the only one to recognize him. They fish without him and it is futile but once he is present, their catch is plentiful. He serves them a meal. Without saying a word, he teaches them that to do his work, they must depend on him completely,...
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Apr 8

April 8, 2021

Lk 24:35-48 In this continuation of yesterday’s Gospel, the two men return to Jerusalem to recount what had taken place. Suddenly, Jesus is standing in their midst. He knows that they are startled so he offers them peace. They still do not understand so he shows them his hands and feet. He then goes on to recount all he had told them about...
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Apr 7

April 7, 2021

Lk 24:13-35 The confusion and despair of Cleopas and his companion turn to Easter joy through their encounter with the Risen Lord. Jesus instructs them in the Word and in the breaking of the bread. They recognize him and cannot help but return to Jerusalem and share the good news. You are hope for the hopeless. To encounter you in the darkest...
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Apr 6

April 6, 2021

Jn 20:11-18 Mary weeps at the tomb. Her grief over Jesus’ death is compounded by the disappearance of his body. She is not alone. The angels question her weeping as does Jesus whom she does not recognize him until he says her name. Jesus tells her he cannot stay, nor can she. She returns to the disciples to proclaim the good news. When I...
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Apr 5

April 5, 2021

Mt 28:8-15 The women in Matthew’s Resurrection narrative respond to the empty tomb and the angel’s explanation with mixed emotions. They encounter Jesus on the way to tell the disciples and their joy far surpasses their fear. Aware of the resurrection stories, Jesus’ adversaries post guards at the tomb. Though nothing is said...
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Apr 4

April 4, 2021

Jn 20:1-9 In John’s Gospel, Mary Magdalene arrives at the tomb in the early morning hours. Finding the tomb open, she naturally assumes Jesus’ body has been taken and runs to tell Peter and John. They each react to what they find in their own way. It is John, the beloved disciple, who sees and believes.   All these centuries...
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Apr 3

April 3, 2021

Mk 16:1-7 The stone is rolled away and the tomb is empty except for a young man dressed in white. How could the women not be amazed? The man tells them that Jesus is not there because he has been raised. He instructs them to go and tell the others. Everything you said came to pass. You suffered death. You were raised in glory. All praise and...
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Apr 2

April 2, 2021

Jn 18:1—19:42 Beginning with his arrest and concluding with his burial, Jesus is on his human journey through his passion and ultimately to his elevation on the cross. This has been referenced more than once in John’s Gospel, as the means to his glorification. It is so meaningful to enter fully into the proclamation of the passion. I...
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Apr 1

April 1, 2021

Jn 13:1-15 Jesus’ hour has come. Before the Passover meal he washes his disciple’s feet. By this action he demonstrates what it is to be a servant leader. They must be willing to care for others in the same way. Soon Jesus will teach them in a profound way about sacrificial love. Tonight, we enter into the three days that lead us...
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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