SND Toledo Daily Gospels

Saturday Gospel

“Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.”

The kingdom of God is NOW because God is here?
What will help you be aware of God’s presence so you can “produce good fruit”?
Allow that realization to affect what you do today?

Heritage word—“. . . we ought every moment of our lives, walk according to the good pleasure of God.”
(St. Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Friday Gospel

“Jesus said to them, ‘Did you never read in the Scriptures: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes? Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.”

Sit beside Jesus as he gives perspective to this parable.
What might Jesus want you to learn from it?

Heritage word—“If we seek to have a pure conscience before our Lord, then death will not find us unprepared even if it should come . . . as the dear Lord says . . . like a thief in the night.”
(Sr. Mary Aloysia, Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Thursday Gospel

“What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?’ They answered him, ‘He will put those wretched men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper times.’”

Sit with this picture a bit.
How does your life ethic move you to answer this question?
How does this parable move you to treat the people who will come into your day?

Heritage word—“Love exists only in a good conscience, which constantly does battle against self-love and laughs at the wicked suggestions of the devil.”
(Mother Mary Cecilia, 3rd Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Wednesday Gospel

“Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.’ They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.”

What does Jesus want you to learn from this parable?
How does the parable relate to mentalities you see reflected today?
Remain with this for a bit and see what inspiration God gives you.

Heritage word—“We bear in our heart Him who in difficulties, in joy as well as sorrow, gives us the consoling assurance that we are children of God.”
(Mother Mary Chrysostom, 2nd Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Tuesday Gospel

“Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones, but they treated them in the same way.”

What does your heart say to you at this time?
What feeling does this arouse in you?
What would be your response to ISIS or anyone else killing or mistreating others?

Heritage word—“Generous souls possess a tenderness of heart which makes them sympathize with others in their afflictions and incites them to offer consolation and support whenever they can.”
(Mother Mary Antonie, 4th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Monday Gospel

“Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: ‘Hear another parable.
There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned.”

Missionaries are the “servants” of our Good God.
Are those “servants” not being killed today for doing what they are called to do?
What response does this current situation elicit from you?

Heritage word—“Generosity presupposes a certain nobility of soul and mind, which elevates a person to high ideals.”
(Mother Mary Antonie, 4th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Sunday Gospel

Gospel for the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time—Matthew 21:33-43

“Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: ‘Hear another parable.

There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned.

Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones, but they treated them in the same way.

Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.’ They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.

What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?’ They answered him, ‘He will put those wretched men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper times.’

Jesus said to them, ‘Did you never read in the Scriptures: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes? Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.”

Sunday
Can you swallow the message of this parable?
Why or why not?
To what does it call you?

Heritage word—“. . . in the circumstances in which we live, we can only sow the seed in souls. The Lord will make it spring up and bear fruit when it pleases (Him).”
(St. Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

 

Saturday Gospel

“Jesus said to them, ‘Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you. When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him.”

How does Jesus’ response sit with you?
What is he calling you to in his response?
Ask for the grace of responding to God’s invitation to adopt a new perspective.

Heritage word—“The watchful person has a ready heart, keeping vigil, waiting expectantly for the Mystery of God to unfold.”
(Sr. Mary Louise Ann, 8th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

Friday Gospel

“Which of the two did his father’s will?’ They answered, ‘The first.’”

If you had been the second son, what might their answer have done in you?
If you consider receiving the “benefit of the doubt” as your reason for not living up to your word, might you be able to likewise offer an excuse on behalf of others?

Heritage word—“Let us believe every new beginning is a special moment of grace, of the Lord’s intervention in our life.”
(Sr. Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Thursday Gospel

“Which of the two did his father’s will?’ They answered, ‘The first.’”

Is that how you would have answered Jesus?
Sit with that a bit.
What does that answer presume?

Heritage word—“In God’s eyes, it is not the kind of work but the intention that counts.”
(Mother Mary Chrysostom, 2nd Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

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