Tuesday, December 5, 2023 Week One Of Advent

Revealed To The Children (Lk 10:21-24) Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me a humble and accepting heart. Imagination:  Imagine Jesus reprimanding his disciples. Context:                 Jesus sent out 72 disciples to proclaim the Kingdom. They have just returned with all the good news of their successes. This text is filled with rejoicing. Advent, unlike Lent, is …

Monday, December 4, 2023 Week One Of Advent

A Centurion With Great Faith (Mt 8:5-11) Prayer:  O Jesus, fill me with faith in your power. Imagination: Picture Jesus with the Centurion. Context:                 Advent is a time of faith and the church selects the Gentile centurion as the first model. He believed that Jesus could heal at a distance (unheard of in Judaism). …

Sunday, December 3, 2023 First Sunday Of Advent (Year B)

The Watchman at the Gate (Mk 13:33-37) Prayer: O Lord, let me be ready to welcome you. Imagination: Picture Jesus teaching his disciples in the temple area. Context: With these words, Jesus concludes a long speech that spoke of Jerusalem’s destruction, persecutions and the end of the world.  His final advice uses the image of …

Saturday, December 2, 2023 Week Thirty-Four Of Ordinary Time

Final Words Of Advice (Lk 21:34-36) Prayer:  O Jesus, teach me to watch and to pray constantly. Imagination: Picture Jesus in the temple teaching his disciples. Context:                  Jesus is worried. He will not be returning to earth soon and the disciples will wonder why he delays. So, he exhorts them not to grow indulgent, …

Friday, December 1, 2023 Week Thirty Four – Ordinary Time

The Events Are Near (Lk 21:29-33) Prayer:  O Jesus, help me to act now. So much is about to happen. Imagination:  Picture Jesus teaching his disciples. Context:                 Jesus has just predicted the fall of Jerusalem and declared that, at a given moment, he will come on clouds of glory. Because people think that this …

Thursday, November 30, 2023 Week Thirty-Four Of Ordinary Time

St. Andrew, Apostle (Mt 4:18-22) Prayer:  Lord Jesus, invite me today to be your disciple. Imagination: Picture Jesus calling his first disciples along the Sea of Galilee. Context:                 This gospel text begins “After John was arrested” and it records Jesus’ first homily of his public ministry.  He repeats John’s teaching that the reign of …

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 Week Thirty-Four Of Ordinary Time

The Trials Of A Disciple (Lk 21:12-19) Prayer:  O Jesus, help me in the moments of my trials. Imagination:  Picture Jesus explaining to the disciples their future difficulties. Context:                 After discussing all the wars and famines and earthquakes that will occur, Jesus turns to two other difficulties. The disciples will find themselves hauled into …

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 Week Thirty-Four Of Ordinary Time

Not Yet The End (Lk 21:5-11) Prayer:  O Jesus, let me persevere until the end. Imagination:  Picture Jesus teaching his disciples. Context:                 In teaching about his Second Coming, Jesus keeps putting it off, always speaking of events that must happen first. The “coming” is always “later.” He stresses perseverance so the disciple does not …

Monday, November 27, 2023 Week Thirty-Four Of Ordinary Time

The Widow’s Mite (Mk 12:38-44) Prayer: O Jesus, to you I give all I have. Imagination: Picture Jesus in the temple with his disciples. Context:                 This gospel joins two different people, linked by the word widow. The scribes want everyone to see their goodness while secretly they steal widow’s money. The widow, on the …

Sunday, November 26, 2023 Week Thirty-Four

The Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) Prayer:  O Jesus, You are the King who is to come. Imagination:  Picture Jesus with His disciples. Context:                 Some people die without ever hearing about Jesus. How will they be judged? In this parable, Jesus confronts this question of how they will be judged. Although they do not know …

Saturday, November 25, 2023 Week Thirty Three Of Ordinary Time

Living Like Angels (Lk 20:27-40) Prayer: O Lord, fill me with strong desires to live like the angels. Imagination: Picture Jesus in confrontation with the Sadducees. Context:                 The Sadducees (unlike the Pharisees) did not believe in the immortality of the soul nor the resurrection of the dead. They bring to Jesus what seems to …

Friday, November 24, 2023 Week Thirty-Three Of Ordinary Time

A Cleansed But Unrepentant Temple (Lk 19:45-48) Prayer:  O Jesus, make me your purified disciple. Imagination:  Picture Jesus cleansing the Temple. Context:                 In all four gospels, Jesus cleanses the temple. (Therefore, it is a very important event). Luke, in his gentle manner, omits many details known from the other gospels. He focuses on Jesus’ …

Thursday, November 23, 2023 Week Thirty-Three Of Ordinary Time

Jesus’ Lament Over Jerusalem (Lk 19:41-44) Prayer:  O Jesus, let me know the time of your visitation. Imagination:  Picture Jesus weeping over Jerusalem. Context:                 As Jesus comes close to Jerusalem, he suddenly stops and weeps. He knows the future destruction of this city and describes it clearly. He pinpoints the cause of the failure. …

Wednesday, November 22, 2023 Week Thirty Three Of Ordinary Time

The Servants Entrusted With Money (Lk 19:11-28) Prayer:  O Jesus, make me your faithful servant to whom you can entrust your blessings. Imagination:  Picture Jesus teaching his disciples. Context:                 Jesus tells this parable to the disciples because they falsely believe that the reign of God is about to appear. The parable stresses the personal …

Tuesday, November 21, 2023 Week Thirty Three Of Ordinary Time

The Man Up In The Tree (Lk 19:1-10) Prayer: O Jesus, come and stay in my house this day. Imagination: Picture Jesus finding Zaccheus in a tree. Context:                 Zaccheus is the second wealthy man to receive an invitation from Jesus. He accepts the gift and uses his wealth to restore justice.  This story highlights …

Monday, November 20, 2023 Week Thirty-Three Of Ordinary Time

The Blind Beggar (Lk 18:35-43) Prayer:  O Jesus, let me cry out to you in great hope. Imagination:  Picture Jesus and the crowd with a beggar by the roadside. Context:                 This journey to Jerusalem began with Jesus healing a blind man and culminates with another healing of blindness. This contrasts with the disciples’ growing …

Sunday, November 19, 2023 Week Thirty-Three Of Ordinary Time

The Servants Entrusted With Money (Mt 25:14-30) Prayer:  O Jesus, make me your faithful servant to whom you can entrust your blessings. Imagination:  Picture Jesus teaching his disciples. Context:                 This parable is directed to the scribes. Surprisingly, the emphasis is upon the third servant (a symbol of the scribes). They have received the word …

Saturday, November 18, 2023 Week Thirty-Two Of Ordinary Time

The Unjust Judge (Lk 18:2-8) Prayer: O Jesus, let me cry out to you day and night. Imagination: Picture Jesus with his disciples. Context:                 The real focus in this parable is the unjust judge. Although he is a complete opposite of God, he still grants the widow’s request. In the middle of trials, the …

Friday, November 17, 2023 Week Thirty-Two Of Ordinary Time

Days Of Decision (Lk 17:26-37) Prayer: O Jesus, let me watch and be ready for your coming. Imagination:  Picture Jesus teaching his disciples about his Second Coming. Context: Jesus gives two separate images, the biblical stories of Noah and Lot and the difficult decisions necessary in an emergency. In Palestine, the roofs were flat and …

Thursday, November 16, 2023 Week Thirty-Two Of Ordinary Time

When The Kingdom Comes (Lk 17:20-25) Prayer: O Lord, prepare me for your coming. Imagination:  Picture Jesus instructing his disciples. Context:                 The Pharisees want to know when the Kingdom would come. The question is futile because the Kingdom is already present as the Spirit dwells in the believer. A final and total coming of …