SND Toledo Daily Gospels

Friday June 22

“With many such parables
he spoke the word to them
as they were able to understand it.”

 

 


Again, we have an example of Jesus’s sensitivity to our ability to understand.

What do these parables mean to you?

Carry that meaning into your day.


Heritage word—“Anyone who listens to the Word of God with her/his heart
will necessarily be challenged by it because “the Word of God is alive and active.”

(Sister Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Thursday June 21

“He said, ‘To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,
or what parable can we use for it?
It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.

But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants
and puts forth large branches,
so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”


What strikes you most in this image Jesus uses?

What comparison can you make in your own life?

Make the application and move into your day.


Heritage word—“Jesus, the Eternal WORD of the Father, challenges us in His incarnation,
making a decision to come DOWN to us as a poor, ordinary human person,
vulnerable and sensitive.”

(Sister Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Wednesday June 20

“And when the grain is ripe,
he wields the sickle at once,
for the harvest has come.”


We are well aware that the farmer needs to act when weather conditions and growth are just right.

Consider that to be the model for conditions of growth within yourself; trust that God knows when and how you need to be pruned on your road to holiness.

Take a moment today to assess your inner reality, i.e. how aware are you to the growth going on in your own soul?


Heritage word—“Hopefully at the end of each day, mindful of God’s blessings, we can say, “I am being transformed into the image of Christ.”

(Sister Mary Delores, 12th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

Tuesday June 19

“Of its own accord the land yields fruit,
first the blade,
then the ear,
then the full grain in the ear.”

 

 


Notice the gradualness of growth.

How patient are you with your transforming growth into Christ?

Be aware that God is very patient with you if you have the DESIRE to grow into deeper relationship with God.


Heritage word—“As we remain receptive to God’s invitations, we pray for the grace to respond generously.”

(Sister Mary Delores, 12th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

Monday June 18

“Jesus said to the crowds: ‘This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow,
he knows not how.”

 


Notice how sensitively Jesus uses examples so closely related to our life pattern.

Consider how much growth goes on imperceptibly, even while you sleep.

Be aware today that the same is happening within your soul.


Heritage word—“Is there a desire in my heart to deepen my prayer life?”

(Sister Mary Delores, 12th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

Sunday June 17

Gospel for the Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time
Mark 4:26-34

“Jesus said to the crowds: ‘This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.
Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.  And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come.’

He said, ‘To what shall we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it?  It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.  But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.’

With many such parables he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it.  Without parables he did not speak to them, but to his own disciples he explained everything
in private.


During this planting season,
what are you putting in your garden?

How attentive and curious are you
after a couple weeks of planting?

Try being as attentive to the seeds of the kingdom of God
planted in you.


Heritage word—“Jesus is LIFE and so the glorious Spirit leads Him
out of the tomb into fullness of Eternal Life.”

(Sister Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Saturday June 16

“His mother and his brothers arrived.
Standing outside they sent word to him and called him.
A crowd seated around him told him,
“Your mother and your brothers and your sisters
are outside asking for you.”
But he said to them in reply,
“Who are my mother and my brothers?”
And looking around at those seated in the circle he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother.”

 

Let Jesus’s last word here sink in.

What does that tell you about your place in the family of Jesus?

Let that family relationship affect how you treat everyone you meet today.

 

Heritage word—“The good God who governs all shows us that in His goodness, He has care of us.”

(St. Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Friday June 15

“But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will never have forgiveness,
but is guilty of an everlasting sin.
“For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.’”

 

Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is
turning one’s back totally on God.

Imagine such “traitorness”!

Pray for those who have broken
their relationship with God;
also, pray that you may remain in the love relationship that God wants to have with you.

 

Heritage word—“Great confidence in God and an honest heart;
that is all you need to set your mind at ease.”

(St. Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Thursday June 14

“But no one can enter a strong man’s house
to plunder his property

unless he first ties up the strong man.
Then he can plunder the house.
Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies
that people utter will be forgiven them.”

 

When have you experienced forgiveness from someone?

Notice the sense of freedom that comes in having your relationship
renewed by apology and forgiveness.  

Realize that God wants to welcome you back into relationship;
God is just waiting for you.

Heritage word
“How good is the good God.
We shall say so again and again in time and throughout eternity.”

(St. Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Wednesday June 13

“Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables,
“How can Satan drive out Satan?
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
And if a house is divided against itself,
that house will not be able to stand.
And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided,
he cannot stand;
that is the end of him.”

 

We are all called to be in relationship with God;
therefore, sin divides us against our own core selves.

How does that shed new light on your concept of sin?

What difference will that make in your life?

Heritage word—“How ardent are my wishes for all of you
that your hearts may seek the real road
leading in truth to the good God.”

(St. Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

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