SND Toledo Daily Gospels

Saturday, August 10th

“Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God.”

Sit with Jesus’ “zinger” here.
What in your life “matters to God”?
How do you feel called to live in a way that “matters to God”?

Heritage word—“Our focus is to be always on Jesus and His mission and not on any other material security.”
(Sr. Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Friday, August 9th

“Then he told them a parable. ‘There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’ And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, ‘Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!’ But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’”

What new “spin” do you find Jesus giving here?
How will it affect your choices today?

Heritage word—”Countercultural decision making, witnessing to the values of Christ will have an impact on our neighborhood, on those we come in contact with us in our schools, hospitals, and our other institutions.”
(Sr. Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Thursday, August 8th

“Then he told them a parable. ‘There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’ And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, ‘Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!’”

How do you feel about the man’s solution in this parable?
What underlies why you feel that way?
If you need a storage barn/bin for your belongings, what is your solution?

Heritage word—”We are all well fed, well clothed, nothing necessary is wanting to us. Alas! Do we at all resemble our master Jesus Christ?”
(Sr. Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Wednesday, August 7th

“Then he said to the crowd, ‘Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.’”

Jesus’ response is one we need to remember today as the media encourages us to amass possessions.
What impact do Jesus’ words have on you?
Allow Jesus to influence your choices today.

Heritage word—”Jesus teaches us by His life and ministry that sharing and solidarity are two sides of our response to God’s provident care.”
(Sr. Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Tuesday, August 6th

“Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.’ He replied to him, ‘Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?’”

Does Jesus’ reply surprise you?
What is it precisely that surprises you?
Think about that when you are tempted to respond judgmentally to someone.

Heritage word—”. . . if a sign of God’s will is clearly given, as for instance, when people show some spark, some glimmer of good will to listen to us, then these are clear signs that we may act.”
(St. Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Monday, August 5th

“Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.’”

Has anyone ever come to you asking you to solve her/his problem?
Do you easily tend to solve another person’s problem, or not?
How do you feel about your response at those times?

Heritage word—”. . . enter at first gently into hearts where you find a spark of inclination to follow your advice.”
(St. Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Sunday, August 4th

Gospel for the Eighteenth Week Ordinary Time —Luke 12:13-21

“Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.’ He replied to him, ‘Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?’

Then he said to the crowd, ‘Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.’

Then he told them a parable. ‘There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’ And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, ‘Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!’ But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’

Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God.”

Sunday

Ponder this Gospel in the light of values prevalent in our society today.
What do you notice?
If you feel fine about what you notice, act on it. If you are uncomfortable about what you notice, seek alternative action.

Heritage word—”We reverence the abundant gifts of God and use them for his greater glory.
(Constitutions of the Sisters of Notre Dame, article 20)

Saturday, August 3rd

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

What deeper message do you find Jesus conveying to you in this passage?
How does that message affect your attitude and view of God and your neighbor?
Try to live in that attitude today.

Heritage word—”As our prayer and action become a single response of love, our life gradually achieves unity and peace.
((Constitutions of the Sisters of Notre Dame, article 42)

Friday, August 2nd

“And he said to them, ‘Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.’ I tell you, if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.”

Enter this scenario. What grabs your attention?
What is your heart’s response to this?
Allow this story to accompany you throughout this day, making a difference in you.

Heritage word—“Mary, teach us to be women and men of the Eucharist who dare to break the bread of our lives that our world may vibrate with a spirituality of communion, reconciliation, and a sense of solidarity that places those on the margins of our society at the center of our concern so that all may have Bread, all may have fullness of life.
(Sr. Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Thursday, August 1st

“Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.’”

Notice how Jesus sees prayer as lived out concretely in our daily relationships.
What gives you the support you need for living out your prayer in that way?
How might that unity be nourished in you today?

Heritage word—”. . . our Eucharistic spirituality is made visible in a life of reconciliation, forgiveness, personal conversion and in our commitment to the Gospel transformation of our One World.”
(Sr. Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

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