SND Toledo Daily Gospels

Saturday Gospel

“This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

Jesus’s promises reveal His love for you.

Elvis Presley sang “Love me tender, love me true.” Notice that Jesus gives His love to you; He doesn’t ask it for himself.

What does that tell you about how madly in love with you Jesus is?

Heritage word—“The real newness which God himself mysteriously brings about and inspires, provokes, guides and accompanies in a thousand way.”

(Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel #12)

Friday Gospel

“Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.”

Be aware that Jesus provides for you the very life that he has with His Father.

That is unfathomable!!

How does that alter the way you live your day?

Heritage word“What ‘bands of love’ does God use to draw you ever more deeply into this circle of love?”

(Sr. Anne Mary, 11th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

Thursday Gospel

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.”

Give yourself a quiet moment to realize that God is dwelling in and all around you.

Treasure that reality for a few moments.

Ask for the grace to walk into the rest of your day in that reality.

Heritage word“To be pleasing to the Heavenly Father, a sacrifice must be made with Jesus, through Jesus and in Jesus.”

(Mother Mary Chrysostom, 2nd Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Wednesday Gospel

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.”

Reception of the Body and Blood of Christ in Communion is to have eternal life already.

Allow that reality to penetrate your heart.

What difference does it make to you?

Heritage word“What is even the longest life here on earth in comparison to a blessed eternity!”

(Sr. Mary Aloysia, Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Tuesday Gospel

“The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.”

See the Jews quarreling in front of Jesus.

What do you notice about Jesus’ response to that quarreling?

How can you be more like Him today?

Heritage word“Most important in our work is the uniting of all our actions with the works of the Divine Savior. Thus we make gold out of stones.”

(Sr. Mary Aloysia, Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Monday Gospel

“Jesus said to the Jewish crowds: ‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.’”

 As you hear Jesus’ words, be aware “It is the Lord!

Jesus is no less real and personal here than when He walked on water, healed the blind man, etc.

When you receive Eucharist, let “It is the Lord” penetrate your heart.

Heritage word“The resurrection has put us on a new path.”

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

Sunday Gospel

Gospel for the Feast of the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ—John 6:51-58

“Jesus said to the Jewish crowds: ‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.’ 

 The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.  For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.  Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.  This is the bread that came down from heaven.  Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.’”

Listen carefully to Jesus’ words to you.

What about them touches your heart?

Ask that His words make a difference in your day.

Heritage word—“As we celebrate today’s feast, Corpus Christi, may we remember with thanksgiving how blessed we are to “be ONE in our diversity!”

(Sr, Constance Marie 10th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

Saturday Gospel

“ . . . but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”

What strikes you in this part of the passage?

Knowing that your faith is solid, what would make you more committed?

Ask for the grace for that to happen.

Heritage word“If we look back over the many good things the dear God has done for us, if we reflect on the many evils from which he has preserved us, then surely we have reason to thank the dear God most heartily.”

(Sr. Mary Aloysia, Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Friday Gospel

“Whoever believes in him will not be condemned . . .”

What does believing in Jesus mean for you?

To what does His promise engage you?

How will His promise impact your life today?

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

(Sr. Mary Aloysia, Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Thursday Gospel

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.”

Allow yourself to absorb this reality.

Enter into the extravagance of God’s love.

What sense does that create in you?    

Heritage word“The Lord has not forgotten us . . . His Cross, the sign of His love, has been our portion.”

(Sr. Mary Aloysia, Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

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