SND Toledo Daily Gospels

Thursday Gospel

“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”

Sit with Jesus’ promise as you think of the many orphans as a result of war, natural disasters, traffic accidents, abuse or abandonment by their parents.

As you let those children into your consciousness, how do Jesus’ words touch you?

Allow your heart to go out to those orphans and entrust them to Jesus’ special care today.

Heritage word“We have here in the house his most beloved little lambs, the poor abandoned children.”

(Sister Mary Aloysia, Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame – an orphan herself, Sister wrote this during her loved ministry in the orphanage.)

Wednesday Gospel

“. . . you know him (the Advocate), because he remains with you, and will be in you.”

Quiet yourself and enter the sanctuary within your soul.

Treasure the gift, i.e., God whom you find there.

Move into the remainder of your day aware of God’s abiding presence.

Heritage word—“May you be able to detect the movements within your own heart and know that God is with you in all.”

(Sister Joan Marie, 9th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

 

Tuesday Gospel

“(Insert your name), I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him.”

 How is it to hear Jesus speaking directly to you.

What does Jesus’ promise say to you about his care for you?

Move into your day knowing God is indeed with you.

Heritage word“We must give the good God the greatest glory by our exterior, and our interior must be quite filled with the good God.”

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

 

Monday Gospel

“Jesus said to his disciples:  ‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments.’”

Jesus is not a bargainer; He simply reminds us that when we love, nothing is too much; obedience to his commandments expresses our love for him since we are then free.

Freedom is doing what we ought to do, not what we want to do.

How will you express such love today?

Heritage word—“If we love, we can trust ourselves to seek the truth.”

(Sister Joan Marie, 9th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

Sunday Gospel

“Jesus said to his disciples:  ‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him.  But you know him, because he remains with you, and will be in you. 

I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.  In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live.  On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you. 

Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.  And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.’” 

Sit with the impact of Jesus’ words.

Which of Jesus’ words give you the most peace?

Ask God to allow that peace to take root in you so you can witness it this week.

Heritage word“. . . you must let God act freely in you.  Do less yourself, and you will see that the good God will do his work in you in peace and quiet.”

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

Saturday Gospel

“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.”

Say Jesus’ words aloud slowly twice, knowing he is speaking them to you.

What happens within you as these words of Jesus become personal for you?

Face your day with greater faith in Jesus’ promises.

Heritage word“In every activity of evangelization, the primacy always belongs to God, who has called us to cooperate with him and who leads us on by the power of his Spirit.”

(Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel)

Friday Gospel

“The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.  The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.  Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves.”

The same Father that dwells in Jesus also dwells in you.

Allow that reality to penetrate your soul.

Live in the strength of God’s dwelling in you today.

Heritage word“Only in union with God will our work be fruitful, for without God we can do nothing.”

(Constitutions of the Sisters of Notre Dame, article 42)

Thursday Gospel

“Philip said to him, ‘Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.’  Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip?  Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.  How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?’”

Can you imagine Jesus saying to you, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me?”

What keeps you from really knowing Jesus as you know your parents, child, spouse or best friend?

Take a few minutes allowing the Spirit to bring you into a more personal relationship with Jesus.

Heritage word“. . . let your hearts be fashioned by the good God, by his grace.”

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

Wednesday Gospel

“Thomas said to him, ‘Master we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?”  Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you know me, then you will also know my Father.  From now on you do know him and have seen him.’”

Place yourself at Jesus’ feet listening to him.

Become aware that you are not alone.

Allow the Holy Spirit to help you see Jesus as giving you guidance and direction in your life.

Heritage word“. . . let your hearts be fashioned by the good God, by his grace.”

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

Tuesday Gospel

“In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.  If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.  Where I am going you know the way.’”     

What goes on in you as you hear Jesus’ assuring words?

Allow his words to sink into your soul as rain soaks into the soil.

Walk into your day with greater hope in your heart.

Heritage word“Let us go from day to day, putting the morrow into the hands of the good God.”

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

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