Daily Reading and Prayer

October 2017

Oct 16

October 16, 2017

Luke 11:29-32 Jesus responds to those asking for signs. There have been signs before, stories familiar to the listeners, that brought people to repentance. And now he who carries the message of salvation stands before them, but they do not listen. Open my eyes, my ears, my heart to you. I long to know you and to bring others to you.   This...
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Oct 15

October 15, 2017

Matthew 22:1-14 The Parable of the Wedding Feast offers an understanding of the reign of God. Just as with the wedding celebration, all kinds of people are invited to the kingdom by God the Father. Some refuse the invitation. Others accept but do not act in a way that warrants their being allowed to participate in the banquet. Where am I in this...
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Oct 14

October 14, 2017

Luke 11: 27-28 The woman in the crowd correlates Jesus’ words and deeds with the mother who gave birth to him. His response moves the focus away from the significance of blood relationship to spiritual relationship. Those who listen to him and act on it are blessed. You are our refuge and stronghold, O God, and for that we are blessed....
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Oct 13

October 13, 2017

Luke 11:5-13   Jesus continues his teachings on prayer with the story of the midnight visitor followed by a series of sayings, a strong admonition to persevere. Their prayers will be answered by a loving and generous father who does not necessarily give what they ask for but who always gives what they need. Loving God, I know what I want....
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Oct 12

October 12, 2017

Luke 11:5-13   Jesus continues his teachings on prayer with the story of the midnight visitor followed by a series of sayings, a strong admonition to persevere. Their prayers will be answered by a loving and generous father who does not necessarily give what they ask for but who always gives what they need. Loving God, I know what I want....
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Oct 11

October 11, 2017

Luke 11: 1-4   Through Jesus’ example, the disciples know the importance of prayer in maintaining a right relationship with the Father. They ask him to teach them, and he does, beginning with glorifying God, then asking for their needs, including the need for forgiveness and concluding with God’s support at the end of time....
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Oct 10

October 10, 2017

Luke 10:38-42 This is the story of two sisters, one intent on serving their guest and the other intent on listening to their guest. The work of each is good and valuable. The point not to be missed is that in order to serve the Lord, one must first listen to God’s Word. For me business is often a way of avoiding just being still. Please...
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Oct 9

October 9, 2017

Luke 10:25-37 Jesus expounds upon love of God and neighbor as prescribed in the Torah. A disciple is to love beyond blood relationship and kinsmen. The Samaritans were despised by the Jews, yet it is a Samaritan who performs the loving service avoided by the Jewish leaders. Through this parable Jesus is telling the lawyer that it is one thing to...
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Oct 8

October 8, 2017

Matthew 21:33-43 The servants are sent out to the vineyard, but all meet a terrible fate. If the owner sends his son, perhaps he will be treated with respect.  That is not the case. Neither the prophets nor the son of God are embraced by the Jewish leaders. Just as the owner punishes the tenants, God will punish the chief priests and elders...
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Oct 7

October 7, 2017

Luke 10:17-24 The disciples are overjoyed by the fruits of their mission. Their power in the name of Jesus is beyond anything they could have imagined. Jesus reminds them that the power comes from God and it is to the Father they must give thanks and praise, just as he does. Anything I say or do, Lord, in your name has its origins in you, not in...
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Oct 6

October 6, 2017

Luke 10:13-16 Jesus’ message is not to be taken lightly. It is news about the Kingdom of God, and those who close their minds and hearts, rejecting this news, like the people of Chorazin and Bethsaida, will suffer harsh consequences. I pray for all those whose hearts are hardened. Help me to be mindful of the ways I can help open their...
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Oct 5

October 5, 2017

Luke 10:1-12 The twelve were sent on a previous mission, and now Jesus is sending seventy-two ahead of him to prepare the way. There are similarities in the instructions he gives to each group. They are to bring a spirit of humility and openness and to offer peace to those whose households they enter. There will be many challenges, but as long...
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Oct 4

October 4, 2017

Luke 9:57-62 Jesus tells his disciples that if they are going to follow him they must do so without regret, without excuses and without looking back. They are to let go of anything that holds them and walk toward the Kingdom of God. I want to follow you but find myself either looking back where regret and temptation distract me or looking ahead...
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Oct 3

October 3, 2017

Luke 9:51-56 Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem is in fulfillment of God’s plan. At the end of the journey he will be “taken up” on the cross. Because of the history of animosity between the Jews and Samaritans, his messengers are not well received in the village along the way. They want to retaliate; Jesus wants them to move...
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Oct 2

October 2, 2017

Matthew 18:1-5, 10 In the society of Jesus’ time, children had no status. They depended entirely upon their parents to care for them and meet their needs. It is that dependence that Jesus is emphasizing, dependence upon God. In God’s eyes, no one person is greater than another. We are all equally loved and cared for if we but turn to...
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Oct 1

October 1, 2017

Matthew 21:28-32 In the previous passages in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus’ opponents question his authority in a series of controversies. In the parable today, Jesus is pointing to their culpability by likening them to the son who says he will do the father’s bidding but does not. It is those who repent and reform their lives, like...
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