Friday | October 28 2022
Jesus’ all-night vigil is significant in that it is a time of prayer and discernment prior to choosing the Twelve. Jesus comes down from the mountain, gathers all the disciples and chooses his core group of missionaries. They are to go out to and preach God’s holy word.
I know that your call to me was not a one-time event at the beginning of my journey with you. You call me every day through your word and sacrament and in the ordinary moments of my life.
Thursday | October 27, 2022
Despite the Pharisee’s hostile warning, Jesus remains committed to his mission. His destiny, the fulfillment of the will of his Father, lies in Jerusalem. He refers to the third day, a foreshadowing of the resurrection. Jesus laments the stubbornness of his people.
I draw strength from you, especially during those challenging times when I am tempted to give in, to hide, or to find another way. You are there beside me reminding me that there is only one way.
Wednesday | October 26, 2022
Jesus is heading to Jerusalem, to his suffering and death. The question posed to him about few being saved is presumptuous on the part of the person asking. Jesus does not answer directly but uses the opportunity to warn the people about misunderstanding what discipleship requires and the cost it brings. It is not an easy road.
On this journey with you I falter, I fall, I lose hope. I am ever thankful that you catch me when I falter, pick me up when I fall, and when I despair, you restore my hope.
Tuesday | October 25, 2022
Tiny beginnings yield great results. The mustard seed becomes a bush that grows to great heights. The yeast causes the dough to rise and increase in size. And so, it is with God’s kingdom inbreaking in the smallest life events and through the most insignificant people.
I am thankful for the insights you give into the kingdom. You use ordinary and relatable things to explain that which is otherwise difficult to understand.
Monday | October 24, 2022
How could Jesus see this woman and not respond to her needs no matter the day? How could the synagogue leader witness Jesus’ compassion and not see the necessity of Jesus action? The crowd sees and rejoices.
Help me to be kind, compassionate and forgiving toward others. I pray to live in your love.
Sunday | October 23, 2022
The targeted audience for this parable, those who are self-righteous is clear. Though he follows the prescribed laws, the pharisee’s prayer gives him away. He does what is expected to benefit himself while despising the tax collector who is conscious of his sinfulness and seeks God’s mercy.
Humility is a beautiful virtue for which I pray. May I walk humbly with God today and always.
Saturday | October 22, 2022
As in the case of the Galileans murdered by Pilate and the people killed in a construction accident, no one can know the exact moment of death. Now is the time to repent and dedicate one’s life and living to the kingdom.
Loving and merciful God, I am in awe of your patience with me. Though I am often easily distracted, hesitant and unsure, you know my heart and beckon me to join you on your path.
Friday | October 21, 2022
Jesus challenges the crowd. They can read the signs of nature but are unable or unwilling to read the signs of the times. The coming of the kingdom is clear. Jesus warns the people about putting off this time for decision. They will regret not having made the choice when they could.
The signs have never been clearer to me than they are today. I pray to understand the decisions I must make and act on them.
Thursday | October 20, 2022
It is a fact that within our own families, belief in Jesus divides those for him from those against him. Though the fire that Jesus calls down will destroy, it will ultimately bring about new life by refining and purifying the old.
We pray for all who suffer the ravages of fire. May the hope of all things new grow within them.
Wednesday | October 19, 2022
Jesus compares readiness for the master’s return to the coming of the Son of Man. The return and judgment will be as surprising as the coming of a thief to the master of the house. For that reason, Jesus emphasizes that constant readiness is essential and must be central to faith.
In this dark and difficult time, thoughts about your return are ever-present. May I, through prayer and sacrament, be mindful of the need for constant readiness every moment of every day.