SND Toledo Daily Gospels

Sunday, February 17

Gospel for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time—Luke 6:17, 20-26

“Jesus came down with the Twelve and stood on a stretch of level ground with a great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon. 

And raising his eyes toward his disciples he said: 

‘Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours. 

Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. 

Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh. 

Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you,

    and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. 

Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!  Behold, your reward will be great in

    heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way. 

But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. 

Woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry. 

Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep. 

Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false

    prophets in this way.’”

  • Which one of these Beatitudes or Woes draws you into deeper relationship with Jesus?
  • Remain with it as long as it speaks to you.
  • Thank Jesus and carry that Beatitude in your heart today.

 

Heritage word—“You will see, when the good God is willing to intervene in something, we come out all right.”

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

 

Saturday, February 16

“Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.’  When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.”

 

  • What sense of the relationship between Jesus and the apostles do you get at this point in time?
  • What do you notice about Jesus?
  • How does the apostles’ response touch your heart?

 

Heritage word—“What grace are you being invited to embrace now?

(Sister Anne Mary, 11thProvincial of the Toledo Province)

 

Friday, February 15

“When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, ‘Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.’  For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon.”

 

  • What might Peter’s response reveal about how he saw himself?
  • When were you astonished by the way things happened in your life?
  • Watch for how God surprises you today, for he will.

 

Heritage word—“The good God loves you so much that He cannot let anything happen that is not for your good.”

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

Thursday, February 14

“When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing.  They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them.  They came and filled both boats so that the boats were in danger of sinking.”

 

  • Look at what is happening here.
  • Revisit a time when you were overwhelmed by how God worked in your life.
  • Express your great gratitude to God.

 

Heritage word—“Tell the good God in faith that whatever it may cost you, you want to fulfill his merciful plans toward you for his greater glory.”

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

Wednesday, February 13

“After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.’  Simon said in reply, ‘Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.’” 

 

  • Once Peter allowed Jesus into his boat, Jesus led Peter to the point of seeming ridiculous.
  • How did you respond whenever you thought God was asking the impossible of you? 
  • Just think of Peter and the pay-off he got by doing what Jesus asked.

 

Heritage word—“Our God promises sufficient grace to live each day with confidence and inner freedom.”

(Sister Anne Mary, 11thProvincial of the Toledo Province)

 

Tuesday, February 12

“He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.” 

 

  • Notice that Jesus came to the fishermen in the midst of their work day.
  • Allow Jesus to come into your daily round of activities today.
  • What surprises you about Jesus’ presence?

                                                                                                       

Heritage word—“. . . What about the ordinary of our lives?  Like Mary’s life, isn’t God’s presence and power always active . . .?”

(Sister Anne Mary, 11thProvincial of the Toledo Province)

Monday, February 11

“While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Genneserat.” 

 

  • Close your eyes and imagine the scene presented here.
  • What did you notice about the crowd?
  • Ask for a similar attitude of enthusiastic receptivity for the Word of God in your life.

 

Heritage word—“The good God can give more than our ideas can conceive.  The whole thing is to have great confidence in the good God.”

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

Sunday, February 10

Gospel for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time—Luke 5:1-11

“While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Genneserat.  He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets.  Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore.  Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 

After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.’  Simon said in reply, ‘Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.’ 

When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing.  They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them.  They came and filled both boats so that the boats were in danger of sinking.  When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, ‘Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.’  For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.’  When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.”

  • Which part of this account draws your attention?
  • Stay with that a bit as there is a message in it for you.
  • Attentive to what you were drawn to in the passage, let its message color your day.

 

Heritage word—“. . . isn’teach grace of the moment enough  for that moment?

(Sister Anne Mary, 11thProvincial of the Toledo Province)

Saturday, February 9

“When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were all filled with fury.  They rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong.  But Jesus passed through the midst of them and went away.”

  • Is this the response you expected from those who heard Jesus’ synagogue message?
  • What does Jesus’ final action of quietly leaving them say about him?
  • Spend some time reflecting on that and asking for an ability to respond in a similar way when you otherwise may feel threatened.

 

Heritage word—“Someone has said that the encounter or experience of God is surgical before it is soothing. This means we approach God with no conditions in a state of complete self-surrender.”

(Sister Joan Marie, 9thProvincial of the Toledo Province)

Friday, February 8

“Indeed, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah when the sky was closed for three and a half years and a severe famine spread over the entire land.  It was to none of these that Elijah was sent, but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon.  Again, there were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha the prophet; yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.’”

  • Have you ever seen the wisdom of how God answers your prayers, be it with a “Yes” or “No”?
  • What have those incidents taught you?

 

Heritage word—“Your witness to Christ’s way of thinking, loving and acting is deeply rooted in your Baptismal call.”

(Sister Joan Marie, 9thProvincial of the Toledo Province)

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