SND Toledo Daily Gospels

Tuesday, December 18

“Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him, ‘Teacher, what should we do?’  He answered them, ‘Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.’” 

 

  • Notice how the tax collectors considered John the Baptist a holy man and teacher.
  • How are you inspired to heed his response?
  • How will you act on that inspiration today?

 

Heritage word—“Let us ask the question: How can my sacrifice of self bring them [people who walk in and out of my day] His redemptive love.”

(Sister Mary Arthur, 7thProvincial of the Toledo Province)

Monday, December 17

“The crowds asked John the Baptist, ‘What should we do?’  He said to them in reply, ‘Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none.  And whoever has food should do likewise.’” 

 

  • Allow John’s urging to influence your day’s sense of generosity.
  • What has been your response to the victims of the shootings in Chicago IL or Paradise CA and other areas of senseless violence?
  • Respond in some way as so many people flee to the U.S. and Europe for their lives, often walking or boating great distances and in precarious conditions. Consider—how horrible must the conditions they are fleeing from be to make them risk their trek to other lands.

 

Heritage word—“If the spirit that moves us is His Spirit, we love one another; and in the joy of that love we are at peace.”

(Sister Mary Arthur, 7thProvincial of the Toledo Province)

Sunday, December 16

Gospel for the Third Sunday of Advent—Luke 3:10-18

 

“The crowds asked John the Baptist, ‘Whatshould we do?’  He said to them in reply, ‘Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none.  And whoever has food should do likewise.’ 

 

Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him, ‘Teacher, what should we do?’  He answered them, ‘Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.’ 

 

Soldiers also asked him, ‘And what is it that we should do?’  He told them, ‘Do not practice extortion, do not falsely accuse anyone, and be satisfied with your wages.’

 

Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ.  John answered them all, saying, ‘I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming.  I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’  Exhorting them in many other ways, he preached good news to the people.”

 

  • Who do you most resonate with in this setting?
  • Ask John “what should I do?”
  • Allow his response to inform your day.

 

Heritage word—“Faith is at once acceptance and response, trustful submission of self to the designs of God for us.”

(Sister Mary Arthur, 7thProvincial of the Toledo Province)

Saturday, December 15

“A voice of one crying out in the desert:

‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.

Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low.

The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

 

  • What does this passage say to you at this time?
  • Sit with wherever you are drawn and let its meaning seep into your soul.
  • Pay attention to the “landscape” of your journey during the remaining weeks of Advent.

 

Heritage word—“Let us allow the Word proclaimed each day to disturb us, as it did Mary.”

(Sister Mary Delores, 12thProvincial of the Toledo Province)

Friday, December 14

“The winding roads shall be made straight . . . and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

 

  • Pause again to visualize the picture John the Baptist places before us here.
  • As you sit with that picture, what do you see?
  • There’s no time like today, right now, to avoid winding roads that lead you away from God. True? 

 

Heritage word—“All that I ask of the Lord is that I accomplish His will since that is the way He wants to lead me.

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

Thursday, December 13

“Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low . . . and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

 

  • The radicality of John the Baptist’s message here causes us to pause.
  • Are there “valleys” you are repeatedly trying to “fill” or “mountains” you are trying to level in order to change something in your life?
  • Look one of those “valleys” or “mountains” in the eye today and take action—at least, for today—and take note of what that does to you.  (Maybe you can follow suit tomorrow and take one day at a time this Advent.)

 

Heritage word—“The quality of a life depends on the generosity of a soul in its complete response to the call of Christ.”

(Sister Mary Arthur, 7thProvincial of the Toledo Province)

Wednesday, December 12

“A voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.’”

 

  • The desert is quite barren—does not have “things” to block our vision.
  • What “things” block your vision on your soul-life journey?
  • Clear away the “stumbling blocks” in your life so you can continue your journey into eternity unimpeded.

 

Heritage word—“Never let the peace of your heart be disturbed by anything in the world.”

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

Tuesday, December 11

“John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah . . .”

 

  • Imagine John the Baptist preaching repentance and the forgiveness of sins today.
  • What must have moved John’s heart and soul to preach this way so openly?
  • What gift of grace do you need to be more committed to living with a forgiving, healing heart in our world today where so many injustices are being committed?

Heritage word—“The King of Kings has come into the midst of a strife-filled world and has proclaimed with His Life and in His words:  Goodness triumphs over evil and Love is more powerful than hate or cynicism or rejection. Truth will set us free.  Hope is stronger than despair or depression. Peace will overpower conflict.”

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

Monday, December 10

“In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.”

 

  • Notice the details positioning this passage in place and time.
  • What does that say to you?
  • Time is very important to us in Advent—be more aware of who and what consumes your time today.

 

Heritage word—“Let us try to acquire the sense of the holy presence of the good God; then all will go well.”

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

Sunday, December 9

“In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.  John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:

A voice of one crying out in the desert:

‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.

Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low.

The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

 

  • What part of this passage draws your attention?
  • Quiet yourself inside and ask God what He wants you to know relative to this passage.
  • Carry God’s message in your heart today.

 

Heritage word—“Two thousand years later as we understand more clearly the whole plan of Salvation History, we have two thousand more reasons to be astonished and motivated to pass on the Good News of the Messiah’s coming, the hope-filled reality that He has come and He continues to make a difference.”

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

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