SND Toledo Daily Gospels

Tuesday Gospel

Tuesday

“At that time, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, ‘Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.’ But Jesus did not say a word in answer to her.”

If you were in the Canaanite woman’s shoes, how would you have felt if Jesus did not seem to respond to your request?
What would you have done?
What growth in the Spirit might Jesus be inviting you to in such a situation?

Heritage word—“The problems that confront us . . . are grace gifts.”
(Sr. Mary Kathleen Glavich, Sister of the Chardon Province)

Monday Gospel

Monday

“At that time, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, ‘Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.’”

Imagine yourself as the Canaanite woman.
How would you have felt if your daughter was tormented by a demon?
Express to Jesus your desire at that time.

Heritage word—“The people who walk into our lives . . . are grace-gifts.”
(Sr. Mary Kathleen Glavich, Sister of the Chardon Province)

Sunday Gospel

Gospel for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time—Matthew 15:21-28

“At that time, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, ‘Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.’ But Jesus did not say a word in answer to her.

Jesus’ disciples came and asked him, ‘Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.’

He said in reply, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ But the woman came and did Jesus homage, saying, ‘Lord help me.’ He said in reply, ‘It is not right to take the food of children and throw it to the dogs.’ She said, ‘Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.’ Then Jesus said to her in reply, ‘O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.’ And the woman’s daughter was healed from that hour.”

Sunday
Who were you drawn to in this account?
What drew you to this person?
What is the message for you in that?

Heritage word—“A saint—we look for mystic gold and silvered ecstasy; we find a tempered twisted piece of steel.”
(Sr. Mary Vincentia, a Sister of the Covington Province)

Saturday Gospel

“Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, ‘Truly, you are the Son of God.’”

What might have been going through Peter’s head at this moment?
Have you been saved from a very frightful situation at some time?
What has that done to your faith in God?

Heritage word—“Our dear God continues to lead us forward often through difficult and painless ways.”
(Sr. Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Friday Gospel

Friday

“Peter said to him in reply, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’”

Observe Peter’s response to Jesus.
Which do you identify with—Peter’s faith or his fearfulness?
What does that tell you about the gift of the Spirit you need?

Heritage word—“Take one step beyond yourself; the whole path lasts no longer than a step.”
(Sr. Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Thursday Gospel

Thursday

“When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified. ‘It is a ghost,’ they said, and they cried out in fear. At once Jesus spoke to them, ‘Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.’”

Sing the following words from, “Be Not Afraid”– “When you pass through raging waters in the sea, you shall not drown.”
Aware that God cannot preserve us from all troubles, listen to those words from the prophet Isaiah and of Jesus assuring us that God is with us in our troubles, so we need not ask “Why?”
Let that assurance sink deep roots of faith and courage in your heart.

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

Wednesday

“Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea.”

Notice that Jesus did not protect the disciples from the impending storm.
Notice also that they were not outside the area of his concern.
Let that reality be a source of strength for your faith in times of trial.

Heritage word—“Only a little more patience!”
(Sr. Mary Aloysia, Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Tuesday Gospel

“After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening, he was there alone.”

Spend some time watching Jesus pray on the mountain. What do you notice about him?
Imagine yourself joining him in prayer.
What fills your soul as you pray for your own and others’ needs in the presence of Jesus?

Heritage word—“What good is all our work if prayer does not bring God’s blessing upon it?”
(Sr. Mary Aloysia, Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Monday Gospel

“After he had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get into a boat and precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.”

Watch Jesus walk away from the scattering crowd.
What does it say about Jesus honoring his own need for some alone time?
Be attentive to what your heart needs at this time.

Heritage word—Your first apostolic duty is your own sanctification. Here is where the Gospel has first to be preached and lived.”
(Pope John Paul II)

Sunday Gospel

Gospel for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time-Matthew 14:22-33

“After he had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get into a boat and precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.

After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening, he was there alone.

Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified. ‘It is a ghost,’ they said, and they cried out in fear. At once Jesus spoke to them, ‘Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.’

Peter said to him in reply, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, ‘Truly, you are the Son of God.’”

Sunday
Who draws your attention in this passage?
Look deeper to see the reason for that.
What does God tell you about yourself?

Heritage word—“ . . . have so strong a confidence that all the devils in hell cannot shake it.”
(St. Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

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