SND Toledo Daily Gospels

Saturday Gospel

“Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas’—which is translated Peter.’”

Have you ever had someone unsuspecting recognize you?

How did that make you feel?

Imagine Jesus being the person who recognizes and names you. Know that He does know you even better than you know yourself.

Heritage word—“We become who we are through relationships.”

(Sister Mary Kristin, 10th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Friday Gospel

“Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, ‘We have found the Messiah’—which is translated Christ.”

When did you just have to share good news with someone?

Imagine the excitement of Andrew when he realized who Jesus was.

What good news about God’s presence in your life would you like to share?

Heritage word“In Jesus, a new world has come to birth. And for us, a new way of living goes with it.”

(Rev. Mark Strobel, as quoted by Sister Mary Kristin, 10th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Thursday Gospel

“They said to him, ‘Rabbi’—which translated means Teacher—, ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come, and you will see.’  So they went and saw where Jesus was staying, and they stayed with him that day.  It was about four in the afternoon. ”

How significant that the disciples remembered the exact hour when Jesus invited them to his home!

Might you remember the exact hour if Pope Francis or another significant person came to your home for a visit?

Being in Jesus’ home was quite a watershed moment in the disciples’ lives. Imagine the moment.

Heritage word“Go to the good God with all your heart; cling only to Him.”

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

Wednesday Gospel

“Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’”

Jesus asks you—“What are you looking for?”

Search your heart for your answer.

What IS your answer.

Heritage word“We realize that our action is not our own; it is the action of the Holy Spirit in us.”

(Sr. Mary Anselm, 6th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Tuesday Gospel

“The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.”

Ponder how Jesus must have touched the disciples’ hearts to draw them to follow the Lamb of God.

What draws you to Jesus?

Allow time in your day for an encounter with Jesus to happen.

Heritage wordWe should be happy to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, to bear His adorable yoke, and to rest securely under His paternal vigilance.”

(Mother Mary Antonie, 4th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Monday Gospel

“John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God.’”

 “Behold, the Lamb of God”—how does that strike you since God called Jesus “My Beloved Son” at his baptism?

Consider the fact that the shadow of the cross is part of the essence of Jesus’ identity.

Given the fact that Jesus had joys and great suffering in His life, be aware that He understands and cares for you when you have similar times in your own life.

Heritage word“Together we struggle to be who we are called to be.”

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

Sunday Gospel

Gospel for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time—John 1:35-42

 “John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God.’ The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.  Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’  They said to him, ‘Rabbi’—which translated means Teacher—, ‘where are you staying?’  He said to them, ‘Come, and you will see.’  So they went and saw where Jesus was staying, and they stayed with him that day.  It was about four in the afternoon. 

 Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, ‘We have found the Messiah’—which is translated Christ.  Then he brought him to Jesus.  Jesus looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas’—which is translated Peter.’”

 Sunday

Observe this encounter of Jesus and the disciples.

What do you notice?

Allow Jesus’ human manner to become real to you as you enter your day.

Heritage word—“Let us dream of this third millennium permeated with Jesus and all the eternal values of His Kingdom.”

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

Saturday Gospel

“When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”

Recall that Jesus (Savior) is the name given this child.

Before Jesus, Savior, call down blessing and healing on our world, esp. in the war-torn, terrorized and oppressed areas.

Ask God to unburden your heart of any barrier to a closer relationship with Him and his brothers and sisters in those areas.

Heritage word—“The undying hope that is alive in our world in spite of all the sufferings, hatred, and violence tells us clearly that Jesus IS here!

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

Friday Gospel

“Then the shepherds returned glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.”

 Observe the shepherds as they return to their fields.

What do you notice about them?

Spend some time today at Jesus’ side and see what you notice about your relationship with him.

Heritage word—“Let us continue to believe, to pray and to do everything possible so that the sufferings and struggles of our human family may pass, so that the deepest aspirations of every human person, culture, and society will ultimately be filled.”

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

Thursday Gospel

“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”

Imagine what Mary must have felt when she saw her new-born child and recalled the message of the angel nine months earlier.

Be attentive to what you notice within yourself at this time.

Allow Mary’s spirit to draw you ever nearer her Son.

Heritage word—“Like Mary, the first woman disciple of Jesus, we are challenged to BEAR him and GIVE BIRTH to him so our world will know justice, compassion and peace and together as ONE, we will be able to celebrate real Christmas.”

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

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