SND Toledo Daily Gospels

Saturday, August 4

“Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain alone.”


For Jesus, the mountain is a holy place to commune with his Father.

What might Jesus have needed from his Father at this time?

Find your “mountain” (your holy place) where you can be alone with God for some prayer today—and each day.


Heritage word—“Never yield to discouragement, but say with the prophet, ‘This day will I begin!”
(Mother Mary Cecilia, 3rd Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Friday, August 3

“Jesus said, ‘Have the people recline.’  Now there was a great deal of grass in that place.  So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.  Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted.  When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples, ‘Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.’  So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat.  When the people saw the sign he had done, they said, ‘This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.’”


Notice how Jesus relates with the disciples and with the gathered people.

Realize that the people were filled in more ways than merely the physical.

Stay with this reality and allow it to accompany you into your day.


Heritage word—“Any prophet is first of all a disciple who has been touched by God.”

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

Thursday, August 2

“Philip answered him, ‘Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little.’  One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?’”


What might have been Philip and Andrew’s thoughts about Jesus when he asked the impossible of them—providing food for all those people?

When have you felt helpless in view of a service asked of you?

To whom did you turn at that time?

What would help you more spontaneously look to Jesus for your answer?


Heritage word—“Jesus, the Eternal Word, challenges us by what He taught, ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’”

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

Wednesday, August 1

“When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, ‘Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?’  He said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do.”


What do you hear Jesus’ calling forth from Philip?

What has Jesus been calling forth from you lately?

Listen to what he may be asking of you now; pray for the grace to respond whole-heartedly.


Heritage word—“However rigorous His conduct toward us may sometimes appear, we know it is always the infinitely wise, just and good Father who is waiting for His children at the goal to which He leads them by different paths.”

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

Tuesday, July 31

“Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples.  The Jewish feast of Passover was near.”


Knowing that he was on the “hit list,” how might Jesus have looked upon his disciple at this time?

Allow him to look at you as if before an event which calls forth strength of faith.

What comes into your mind and heart in this situation?


Heritage word—“We shall make rapid strides on the way to holiness if we generously take our stand on Calvary, not asking the Lord to take away the cross, but to give us patience and perseverance to bear it generously.”

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

Monday, July 30

“Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.  A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.”


What draws you to Jesus?

What do you desire most from him?

Allow yourself a few moments to reflect on the difference Jesus has made in your life.


Heritage word—“If you do not see in the good God’s dealings with you His extreme goodness, I do not know where you would find any goodness.”

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

Sunday, July 29

Gospel for Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time—John 6:1-15

“Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.  A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick.  Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples.  The Jewish feast of Passover was near.

When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, ‘Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?’  He said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do.  Philip answered him, ‘Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little.’  One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?’

Jesus said, ‘Have the people recline.’  Now there was a great deal of grass in that place.  So the men reclined, about five thousand in number.  Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted.  When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples, ‘Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.’  So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat.  When the people saw the sign he had done, they said, ‘This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.’

Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain alone.”


Place yourself on this mountain where Jesus is capturing the crowd’s attention.

Where are you in the crowd?

What is such a gathering like for you?


Heritage word—“The whole providential setting for our existence, of our life, is where we are.”

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

Saturday, July 28

“When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.”


How does this description of the inner person of Jesus (“his heart was moved with pity for them”) make you feel about him?

Express those feelings to him.

Allow your dialog with Jesus to make a difference in your day.


Heritage word—“Meditation upon his love will excite our heart to return love for love.”

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

Friday, July 27

“They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them.”


Appreciate the excitement about Jesus that impelled the people to follow him wherever he went.

Ask for the grace for that same enthusiasm.

What is it that draws you to Jesus, to visit these Daily Gospel Reflections?

Sit with that answer a bit and allow it to affect your day.


Heritage word—“May the Spirit of God set us on fire for Jesus and His mission.

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

Thursday, July 26

“People saw them leaving and many came to know about it.”


Appreciate the fact that the “grapevine” was active even in the time of Jesus.

When has someone shared with you, or you with them, an insight or encounter with Jesus?

Look for an opportunity to do that today.


Heritage word—“When we get involved because of Christ, we are transformed and we find true meaning and peace.

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

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