SND Toledo Daily Gospels

Tuesday Gospel

“His neighbors and the people who had been accustomed to see him begging began to ask, ‘Isn’t this the fellow who used to sit and beg? Some were claiming it was he; others maintained it was not but someone who looked like him.  The man himself said, ‘I’m the one, all right.’”

Does the blind man remind you of someone you have labeled as “blind” in any way?

What would help you see that person as God sees her/him?

Remain in God’s presence, open to God’s grace.

Heritage word—“How much the good God does—so much more than we can imagine or desire when we leave Him free to act.”

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

Monday Gospel

“As Jesus walked along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. Jesus spat on the ground, made mud with his saliva, and smeared the man’s eyes with the mud.  Then he told him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.’ . . . So the man went off and washed, and came back able to see.”

Come before God as the person you are with some area of blindness, i.e. in how you view the homeless, the incarcerated, the poor, those of a different color, those with accents, those with disabilities.

Humbly receive God’s grace and acknowledge that area of blindness in yourself.

Move out from your prayer gently, confident that God will be helping you overcome your blindness.

Heritage word“Never fear to undertake something difficult for God. We see only the beginnings of things, and the headaches, but God sees the finished work.”

(Mother Mary Cecilia, 3rd Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

 

Sunday Gospel

Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Lent: John 9:1-41 (short form is used here)

“As Jesus walked along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. Jesus spat on the ground, made mud with his saliva, and smeared the man’s eyes with the mud.  Then he told him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.’ . . . So the man went off and washed, and came back able to see.

 His neighbors and the people who had been accustomed to see him begging began to ask, ‘Isn’t this the fellow who used to sit and beg?’ Some were claiming it was he; others maintained it was not but someone who looked like him.  The man himself said, ‘I’m the one, all right.’

Next, they took the man who had been born blind, to the Pharisees . . . The Pharisees, in turn began to inquire how he had recovered his sight. He told them, ‘He put mud on my eyes.  I washed it off, and now I can see.’  This prompted some of the Pharisees to assert, ‘This man cannot be from God because he does not keep the Sabbath.’  Others objected, ‘If a man is a sinner, how can he perform signs like these?’  They were sharply divided over him.  Then they addressed the blind man again:  ‘Since it was your eyes he opened, what do you have to say about him?’  ‘He is a prophet,’ he replied.

‘What!’ they exclaimed, ‘You are steeped in sin from your birth, and you are giving us lectures?’ With that they threw him out bodily.

When Jesus heard of his expulsion, he sought him out and asked him, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ He answered, ‘Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?’  ‘You have seen him,’ Jesus replied.  ‘He is speaking to you now.’  ‘I do believe, Lord,’ he said, and bowed down to worship him.”

What is your inner feeling after prayerfully reading this account?

Remain with that, knowing that God has touched your soul.

What does God seem to be asking of you as a result of this reflection?

Heritage word“Words inspire; example impels.”

(Sr. Mary Aloysia, Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

 

Saturday Gospel

Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain; but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.’ 

Jesus said to her, ‘Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.  You people worship what you do not understand; but we worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews.  But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him.  God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth.’

The woman said to him, ‘I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ; when he comes, he will tell us everything.’

Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him. When the Samaritans came to him, they invited him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days.  Many more began to believe in him because of his word, and they said to the woman, ‘We no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.’”

What does your faith tell you about Jesus?

Allow that faith to sink deep roots into the “soil” of your soul.

Pray that your faith in Jesus will influence all your decisions today.

Heritage word—“Love must cast its radiance over all we do; it must be our motive power.”

(Sr. Mary Antonelle, sixth Provincial of the Toledo Province)

 

Friday Gospel

“Give me this water, sir, so that I won’t grow thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water. I can see you are a prophet.” 

What do you need from Jesus so that you will thirst for him more than for anything else?

Open yourself to receive the “water” God gives.

Be aware how your openness to the “water” Jesus gives influences your choices today.

Heritage word—“Only that which comes from the heart can reach the heart.”

(Fr. Bernard Overberg, educator who influenced our foundresses)

Thursday Gospel

“. . . the water I give shall become a fountain within, leaping up to provide eternal life.”

At this moment be aware that you are being flooded by the presence of our good God Who is as present as the air you breathe.

Relish that presence around and within you right now.

Ask for the grace in some way to radiate the presence of God to others this day.

Heritage word—“May we all become other Christs, by a very faithful correspondence with the designs of his adorable providence for us.”

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

Wednesday Gospel

“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again.”

Become interiorly still in the presence of God.

Desire a deeper assurance that God will provide your every need.

Allow that assurance to sink into the core of your being so you can carry it into your day.

Heritage word—“Let us cast ourselves boldly into the keeping of the good God; he is our good father.”

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

Tuesday Gospel

“If only you recognized God’s gift, and who it is that is asking you for a drink, you would have asked him instead, and he would have given you living water.”

Deeper than all of our longings is God’s longing that the poor be treated justly and with dignity. This is the longing that gives meaning to fasting, prayer and almsgiving.

Become aware of the gift of God’s great longing for your heart.

How does this encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman speak to you differently now?

How will your day be different because of it?

Heritage word—“Be very attentive to the interior voice of grace.”

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

Monday Gospel

“Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down at the well. ‘Give me a drink.’ . . . The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘You are a Jew.  How can you ask me, a Samaritan and a woman, for a drink?’”

Deep prejudice between Jews and Samaritans existed in Jesus’ time, and women never went to the well at noon for water. So, being at the well at that time may have conveyed that this woman was looking for something other than water.

Notice what a gentleman Jesus was in his approach.

We see some deep prejudice against Muslims and Jews exhibited today in our country.

Ask for the grace to be aware of any “tinge” of prejudice within yourself and pray to be freed of it.

Heritage word“Empty yourselves entirely of your own spirit, and the Spirit of the good God will fill your soul completely.”

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

 

Sunday Gospel

“Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there.  Jesus tired from his journey, sat down there at the well.  It was about noon.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water.  Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink.’  His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.  The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?’  –For Jews had nothing in common with Samaritans.–  Jesus answered and said to her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.’

The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep; where then can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself with his children and his flocks?’

Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’

The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.

‘I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain; but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.’ 

Jesus said to her, ‘Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.  You people worship what you do not understand; but we worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews.  But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him.  God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth.’

The woman said to him, ‘I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ; when he comes, he will tell us everything.’

Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him. When the Samaritans came to him, they invited him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days.  Many more began to believe in him because of his word, and they said to the woman, ‘We no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.’”

What do you have that Jesus needs?

Imagine Jesus approaching you in his need.

Be aware that someone who will need your help today IS Jesus.

Heritage word“Even the slightest good action will be a little pearl in our crown.”

(Sr. Mary Aloysia, Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

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