SND Toledo Daily Gospels

Monday, October 22

“Zebedee’s sons, James and John, approached Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ they said, ‘we want you to grant our request.’

 

  • In view of your life situation, what would you most desire from Jesus?
  • Do you believe that Jesus sees it as good for you?
  • If yes, humbly ask for it. If no, how would you change your request?

 

Heritage word—“Let us thank our (God) for all His love in these beautiful words: ‘O my God, how can I thank You as I ought! Let every breath I draw, every pulsation of my heart, even to the very last, every thought, repeat incessantly: ‘I thank You, O Lord! I thank You!”

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

Sunday, October 21

Gospel for the Twenty-ninth Sunday of the year: Mark 10:35-45

 

“Zebedee’s sons, James and John, approached Jesus.  ‘Teacher,’ they said, ‘we want you to grant our request.’  ‘What is it? he asked. They replied, ‘See to it that we sit, one at your right and the other at your left, when you come into your glory.’  Jesus told them, ‘you do not know what you are asking.  Can you drink the cup I shall drink or be baptized in the same bath of pain as I?’  ‘We can,’ they told him.  Jesus said in response, ‘from the cup I drink of you shall drink; the bath I am immersed in you shall share.  But sitting at my right or my left is not mine to give; that is for those for whom it has been reserved.’

 

The other ten, on hearing this, became indignant at James and John.  Jesus called them together and said to them: ‘You know how among the Gentiles those who seem to exercise authority lord it over them; their great ones make their importance felt. It cannot be like that with you.  Anyone among you who aspires to greatness must serve the rest; whoever wants to rank first among you must serve the needs of all. The Son of Man has not come to be served but to serve—to give his life in ransom for the many.’”

 

  • Listen to this conversation between Jesus and the apostles.
  • What do you notice going on in yourself as you listen?
  • Where is the challenge for you?

 

Heritage word—“Our hearts must be always ready to will all that the good God asks of us.”

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

Saturday, October 20

“Peter began to say to him, ‘We have given up everything and followed you.’  Jesus said, ‘Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.’”

 

  • Modeling Peter’s comment, what has your following of Jesus cost you?
  • Or HAS IT?
  • How do you feel inspired to follow Jesus a bit differently today?

 

Heritage word—“Let us not be afraid to sacrifice ourselves so that Jesus’ great desire for unity might be fulfilled in and through us!”

(Sister Constance Marie, 10thProvincial of the Toledo Province)

Friday, October 19

“Jesus looked around the said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’  The disciples were amazed at his words.  So Jesus again said to them in reply, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!  It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’  They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, ‘Then who can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For human beings it is impossible, but not for God.  All things are possible for God.’”

 

In Aramaic “camel” means “rope” because the course hair of a camel was used to make rope.

Jesus is also saying that when we have all we need, we tend to “go it on our own.” Whereas, when we lack adequate resources or run into difficulties, we tend to rely more on God for help.

  • How does this relate to your life?

 

Heritage word—“Jesus’ mission was to open our hearts to the heart of His beloved Abba whose love and provident care free us from unnecessary worries and anxieties that kill the freedom of spirit within.”

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

Thursday, October 18

“Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, ‘You are lacking in one thing.  Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’  At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.”

 

  • How would you have responded had Jesus said this to you?
  • He actually challenges us in the same way.
  • What message does he seem to be conveying to you?

 

Heritage word—“The challenge before us is to discover that divine balance between sharing all that we have and enjoying the gifts of God together with others, in the spirit of loving concern and solidarity.”

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

Wednesday, October 17

“You know the commandments:  You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.’  He replied and said to him, ‘Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.’”

 

  • What would have been your response to Jesus as He summarizes the Ten Commandments?
  • How does your life reveal your commitment to God?
  • Be mindful of this commitment as you move through your day.

 

Heritage word—“Let us be witnesses and creative promoters of peace and justice in our wounded and wounding world.”

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

Tuesday, October 16

“Jesus answered him, ‘Why do you call me good?  No one is good but God alone.’”

 

Jesus was a spiritual director par excellence by asking that question—-trying to get the man to “go deeper.”

  • How would you have answered Jesus’ question?
  • What does that say about your relationship with Jesus?

 

Heritage word—“Learn to say always, ‘How good God is’ when things go right with you, and when things go wrong.”

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

 

Monday, October 15

“As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, ‘Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’”

 

  • What would cause someone to think we “inherit” eternal life?
  • What verb would you use?
  • How does your question reveal your relationship to God?

 

Heritage word—“May the dear God bless you and give you all that will serve for your temporal and eternal salvation.”

(Sister Mary Aloysia, Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Sunday, October 14

Gospel for the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Mark 10:17-30

“As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, ‘Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’  Jesus answered him, ‘Why do you call me good?  No one is good but God alone. 

You know the commandments:  You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.’  He replied and said to him, ‘Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.’ Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, ‘You are lacking in one thing.  Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’  At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus looked around the said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’  The disciples were amazed at his words.  So Jesus again said to them in reply, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!  It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’  They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, ‘Then who can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For human beings it is impossible, but not for God.  All things are possible for God.’  Peter began to say to him, ‘We have given up everything and followed you.’ Jesus said, ‘Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age:  houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.’”

  •  What grabs your attention in this encounter of Jesus?
  • What would you like to ask Jesus?
  • Spend a little time in that conversation with Jesus.

Heritage word—“. . . seeking God is the only good reason for abandoning one’s self, one’s dreams and one’s security so as to pursue Gospel discipleship.”

(Sister Constance Marie, 10thProvincial of the Toledo Province)

 

 

Saturday, October 13

“Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.’ Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.”

 

  • Take a deep breath, sit back, and just look on this scene.
  • What thoughts come to your mind?  What sentiments enter your heart?
  • Stay with that a while and thank Jesus for revealing this side of himself to you; then carry His attitude into your day.

 

Heritage word—“In childlike confidence the loving soul turns to God in her/his weakness, implores His forgiveness and then throws herself/himself into the arms of His mercy.”

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

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