Daily Gospel Reflections

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Sunday | May 2, 2021

John 15:1-8

Jesus’ use of the metaphor of the vine describes the disciple’s relationship with him and with the Father. The commandment of love is rooted in the love of the Father and the Son and the love of Jesus and his disciples. It is a love both mutual and reciprocal. For John, the love Christians have for one another is a reflection of the love God has for them.

How well do I love? I fear my love is sometimes conditional, selfish and half-hearted. Help me to love selflessly, without conditions and with my whole heart.

SOURCE: Living Water Catholic: May 2, 2021

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Saturday | May 1, 2021

John 14:7-14

The disciples closest to Jesus are trying his patience. Philip’s request is a tipping point. They have been with him. They have heard him teach, seen him pray and yet they still do not understand that his relationship with the Father is more than their understanding of family. He and the Father are one.

You empowered your disciples and in the same way you empower me to do great things in your name, in the name of the Father.

SOURCE: Living Water Catholic: May 1, 2021

Friday, April 30, 2021

Friday | April 30, 2021

John 14:1-6

The disciples are troubled by Jesus’ impending departure. They neither understand where he is going nor do they understand if they will be able to follow. He reminds them to have faith and tells them that he will not only prepare a place for them, he will come back to get them.

You pave the way and I take detours. You make it easy and I make it difficult. How often I forget that you have already taken care of everything.

SOURCE: Living Water Catholic: April 30, 2021

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Thursday | April 29, 2021

John 13:16-20

Jesus reiterates the absolute necessity of the disciples’ understanding his relationship with the Father and how it speaks to their relationship with one another. Being a disciple does not lead to greatness in the eyes of the world. Being a disciple, with the heart of a servant, leads to life everlasting with the Father. Jesus hints at Judas’ imminent betrayal the fulfillment of Scripture. The hour has come.

I am thankful for having the lens of the Resurrection through which to read and reflect on the events that you willingly entered into. You did it for me. Lead and guide me in serving you and my sisters and brothers this day and all the days to come.

SOURCE: Living Water Catholic: April 29, 2021

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Wednesday | April 28, 2021

John 12:44-50

This conclusion of the Book of Signs in John’s Gospel leads the reader into the Book of Glory. The high points of Jesus’ teachings held, for John, thus his readers, the key to understanding Jesus and the Father. They tell of his union with the Father and the power he draws from that union; he is the light of the world and he came to save, not to condemn; judgment will come to those who reject him.

 

SOURCE: Living Water Catholic: April 28, 2021

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Tuesday | April 27, 2021

John 10:22-30

The Jewish leaders press Jesus to tell them if he is the Messiah. He replies that he has already told them and they did not listen. Jesus then goes on to use the metaphor of the sheep knowing the voice of their shepherd. These men do not know the voice of their Lord, who is one with the Father.

They press for answers but don’t listen because it is not what they want to hear. I am guilty of doing the same thing. Help me to listen, to hear and to trust your answer.

SOURCE: Living Water Catholic: April 27, 2021

Monday, April 26, 2021

Monday | April 26, 2021

John 10:1-10

Jesus is vigilant, and like a gate, remains at the entrance of the pen guarding the sheep. He knows his sheep and his sheep know him. He likens the Pharisees to the thieves and robbers who do not enter through the gate and whose intention is to “steal and slaughter and destroy.”

There are so many predators in this world today, especially those who prey on those too young, too old, naïve and easily swayed. I pray those most vulnerable.

SOURCE: Living Water Catholic: April 26, 2021

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Sunday | April 25, 2021

John 10:11-18

This is one of the most beautiful metaphors used to understand and know Jesus. It is a relatable “I Am” proclamation for the people. There are good shepherds and bad shepherds. The latter save themselves when the sheep are threatened by a predator. The good shepherd will do anything to save the sheep up to and including laying down his own life.

You made me, O God, and I belong to you. You laid down your life for me. I know your voice, Kind Shepherd and love hearing you call me, especially when I have strayed.

SOURCE: Living Water Catholic: April 25, 2021

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Saturday | April 24, 2021

John 6:60-69

The disciples admit that they find Jesus’ words difficult to understand, his directives difficult to follow. Some choose to return to their former lives. The Twelve remain and Peter speaks for the others professing belief in Jesus, the “Holy One of God.”

Through times of trial and doubt, I too have come to believe there is nowhere else to go, and certainly no one else to go with but you. You are the only way.

SOURCE: Living Water Catholic: April 24, 2021

Friday, April 23, 2021

Friday | April 23, 2021

John 6:52-59

These passages in the discourse begin with the Jews quarreling with one another about Jesus offering his physical flesh. He responds to this by telling them that they are not asked to eat the flesh and blood of his earthly body but spirit-filled flesh and blood of the Son, glorified.

I will admit that is near impossible to completely understand the Eucharist because of my human limitations but because you say it, Lord, I believe.

SOURCE: Living Water Catholic: April 23, 2021

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