SND Toledo Daily Gospels

Wednesday, April 17th

It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit’; and when he had said this, he breathed his last.

The centurion who witnessed what had happened glorified God and said, ‘This man was innocent beyond doubt.’ When all the people who had gathered for this spectacle saw what had happened, they returned home beating their breasts; but all his acquaintances stood at a distance, including the women who had followed him from Galilee and saw these events.

Place yourself among those people witnessing the death of Jesus.
Pause for a moment of silence and pay attention to what surfaces within you.
How are you moved to respond?

Heritage word—“When Jesus was ‘handed over’ and no longer able to move about freely, he ‘gave flesh’ to the full meaning of an undivided heart; he accepted insecurity/vulnerability and, with strength, he surrendered with trust in his Father.”
(Sister Anne Mary, 11th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

Thursday, April 18th | Holy Thursday

“Before the feast of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over.

So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Master, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later.’ Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed, for he is clean all over; so, you are clean, but not all.’ For he knew who would betray him; for this reason, he said, ‘Not all of you are clean.’

So, when he had washed their feet and put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, ‘Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.’”

Imagine yourself sitting before Jesus as he washes your feet.
Hear Jesus say, “I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”
Look for ways to follow through on Jesus’ injunction today.
Heritage word—“Ultimately, we have one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace and to reflect it towards others.”
(Etty Hillesum [a victim of the Holocaust] quoted by Sister Constance Marie, 10th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

Tuesday, April 16th

Herod and Pilate became friends that very day, even though they had been enemies formerly. Pilate then summoned the chief priests, the rulers, and the people and said to them, ‘You brought this man to me and accused him of inciting the people to revolt. I have conducted my investigation in your presence and have not found this man guilty of the charges you have brought against him, nor did Herod, for he sent him back to us. So no capital crime has been committed by him. Therefore I shall have him flogged and then release him.’

But all together they shouted out, ‘Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us.’
–Now Barabbas had been imprisoned for a rebellion that had taken place in the city and for murder.–Again Pilate addressed them, still wishing to release Jesus, but they continued their shouting, ‘Crucify him! Crucify him!’ Pilate addressed them a third time, ‘What evil has this man done? I found him guilty of no capital crime. Therefore I shall have him flogged and then release him.’ With loud shouts, however, they persisted in calling for his crucifixion, and their voices prevailed. The verdict of Pilate was that their demand should be granted. So he released the man who had been imprisoned for rebellion and murder, for whom they asked, and he handed Jesus over to them to deal with as they wished.

As they led him away they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country; and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus. A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children, for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.’ At that time people will say to the mountains, ‘Fall upon us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’ for if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?’ Now two others, both criminals, were led away with him to be executed.

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left. Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.’ They divided his garments by casting lots. The people stood by and watched; the rulers, meanwhile, sneered at him and said, ‘He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God.’ Even the soldiers jeered at him. As they approached to offer him wine they called out, ‘If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.’ Above him there was an inscription that read, ‘This is the King of the Jews.’

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, ‘Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us.’ The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, ‘Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.’ Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ He replied to him, ‘Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’

Notice the nature of Jesus’ replies.
What do they tell you about him?
Ask for the grace to imbibe Jesus’ spirit.

Heritage word—Repeat with the Psalmist—“Create a clean heart in me, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.”
(Psalm 51)

Monday, April 15th

“The elders of the people, chief priests and scribes, arose and brought Jesus before Pilate. They brought charges against him, saying, ‘We found this man misleading our people; he opposes the payment of taxes to Caesar and maintains that he is the Christ, a King.’ Pilate asked him, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ He said to him in reply, ‘You say so.’ Pilate then addressed the chief priests and the crowds, ‘I find this man not guilty.’ But they were adamant and said, ‘He is inciting the people with his teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee where he began even to here.’

On hearing this Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean; and upon learning that he was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod who was in Jerusalem at that time. Herod was very glad to see Jesus; he had been wanting to see him for a long time, for he had heard about him and had been hoping to see him perform some sign. He questioned him at length, but he gave him no answer. The chief priests and scribes, meanwhile, stood by accusing him harshly. Herod and his soldiers treated him contemptuously and mocked him, and after clothing him in resplendent garb, he sent him back to Pilate.”

Sit with the underlying causes of Pilate and Herod’s problem with Jesus.
What does that consideration evoke in you?
How can you be a support to Jesus today when His values are undermined?

Heritage word—“By communion in Christ’s sufferings we prolong his redemption in the world through the Church.”
(Sister Mary Arthur, 7th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

Sunday, April 14th | Palm Sunday

Gospel for Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion—Luke 23:1-49

“The elders of the people, chief priests and scribes, arose and brought Jesus before Pilate. They brought charges against him, saying, ‘We found this man misleading our people; he opposes the payment of taxes to Caesar and maintains that he is the Christ, a King.’ Pilate asked him, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ He said to him in reply, ‘You say so.’ Pilate then addressed the chief priests and the crowds, ‘I find this man not guilty.’ But they were adamant and said, ‘He is inciting the people with his teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee where he began even to here.’

On hearing this Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean; and upon learning that he was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod who was in Jerusalem at that time. Herod was very glad to see Jesus; he had been wanting to see him for a long time, for he had heard about him and had been hoping to see him perform some sign. He questioned him at length, but he gave him no answer. The chief priests and scribes, meanwhile, stood by accusing him harshly. Herod and his soldiers treated him contemptuously and mocked him, and after clothing him in resplendent garb, he sent him back to Pilate.

Herod and Pilate became friends that very day, even though they had been enemies formerly. Pilate then summoned the chief priests, the rulers, and the people and said to them, ‘You brought this man to me and accused him of inciting the people to revolt. I have conducted my investigation in your presence and have not found this man guilty of the charges you have brought against him, nor did Herod, for he sent him back to us. So, no capital crime has been committed by him. Therefore, I shall have him flogged and then release him.’

But all together they shouted out, ‘Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us.’
–Now Barabbas had been imprisoned for a rebellion that had taken place in the city and for murder.–Again Pilate addressed them, still wishing to release Jesus, but they continued their shouting, ‘Crucify him! Crucify him!’ Pilate addressed them a third time, ‘What evil has this man done? I found him guilty of no capital crime. Therefore, I shall have him flogged and then release him.’ With loud shouts, however, they persisted in calling for his crucifixion, and their voices prevailed. The verdict of Pilate was that their demand should be granted. So, he released the man who had been imprisoned for rebellion and murder, for whom they asked, and he handed Jesus over to them to deal with as they wished.

As they led him away, they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country; and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus. A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children, for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.’ At that time people will say to the mountains, ‘Fall upon us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’ for if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?’ Now two others, both criminals, were led away with him to be executed.

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left. Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.’ They divided his garments by casting lots. The people stood by and watched; the rulers, meanwhile, sneered at him and said, ‘He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God.’ Even the soldiers jeered at him. As they approached to offer him wine they called out, ‘If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.’ Above him there was an inscription that read, ‘This is the King of the Jews.’

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, ‘Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us.’ The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, ‘Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.’ Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ He replied to him, ‘Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’

It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit’; and when he had said this, he breathed his last.

The centurion who witnessed what had happened glorified God and said, ‘This man was innocent beyond doubt.’ When all the people who had gathered for this spectacle saw what had happened, they returned home beating their breasts; but all his acquaintances stood at a distance, including the women who had followed him from Galilee and saw these events.

What happens in you as you ponder this all-too-familiar account once again?
Carry your impression of Jesus into this holiest of weeks.

Heritage word—“Holy Week provides yet another blessed opportunity to move from spiritual ‘winter’ to resurrected ‘spring.’
(Sister Constance Marie, 10th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

Saturday, April 13th

“Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She replied, ‘No one, sir.’ Then Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.’”

Notice the eye contact between Jesus and the woman. How must the woman have felt?
Ponder what’s going on here and allow it to stir up your response to Jesus.
What do you carry away from this encounter?

Heritage word—“The gaping wound in each of us, the longing for Infinite Love, can only be healed with our cooperation. Jesus is a most respectful, patient Lover.”
(Sister Constance Marie, 10th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

Friday, April 12th

“Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him.”

Watch what is happening here.
What kind of atmosphere does Jesus create?
How can you create a similar atmosphere in conflictual situations?

Heritage word—“Sr. Maria Aloysia (foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame) was able to see Jesus in the needs of those she encountered each day and hear the call to use the gifts and resources she had available to answer their needs.”
(Sister Constance Marie, 10th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

Monday, April 8th

“Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.”

Sit on the Mount of Olives beside Jesus as He prays, aware that plots against him are brewing in some people’s hearts.
Enter into the deep, still place in your own heart as you sit with Jesus.
Learn from Him where to go and what to do when you are upset or threatened.

Heritage word—“A genuinely Christian Lent, St. Benedict says, reaches down into the depths of one’s being in an integral turning of that being to God, uniting her/him with Christ.”
(Sister Mary Arthur, 7th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

Sunday, April 7th

Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Lent—John 8:1-11

“Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple areas, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them.

Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to him, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?’ They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him.

Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’ Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She replied, ‘No one, sir.’ Then Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.’”

Picture Jesus on this occasion.
What do you notice about him?
What about Jesus makes you want to know him better? Spend a little more time with Him today.

Heritage word—“Only when we know Him better, will we teach Him better.”
(Sister Mary Arthur, 7th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

 

Saturday, April 6th

“He said to his father in reply, ‘Look, all these years I served you and not once did I disobey your orders; yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends. But when your son returns who swallowed up your property with prostitutes, for him you slaughtered the fattened calf.’ He said to him, ‘My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’”

Listen to the conversation between the older son and the father and be aware of your feelings.
What does it remind you of in our world today?
Pray for the grace to glean a life lesson for yourself when you encounter seeming injustice or what you might consider the “unjust” forgiveness of another.

Heritage word—“For each of us, God the Father waits this Lent to welcome us home.”
(Sister Constance Marie, 10th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

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