Let us continue to share these Daily Bible Readings from Sacred Space, sharing in a time of meditation and prayer each day.
June 1: Mark 12: 13-17
We are challenged to ask ourselves what values guide our lives and decisions. Do we have the courage to stand by our convictions?
June 2: Mark 12: 18-27
May my life show that God has come to give us life, and life in abundance!
June 3: Mark 12: 28-34
What should be first in my list of priorities? I let Jesus’ words echo in my heart, asking for the grace to understand what it means to put love as my highest priority, loving my neighbor as myself. I ask what it means to love God with all my heart, all my soul, and with all my mind, and with all my strength. I ask for this single-mindedness, and for seeing all my life embraced in this commitment.
June 4: Mark12: 35-37
Jesus reveals to us what God is truly like!
June 5: Mark 12: 38-44
Jesus condemns living ostentatiously, seeking social privileges, defrauding the vulnerable and hypocrisy in religious observance. In contrast he highlights the sincere faith and remarkable generosity of the poor widow in this story.
June 6: Mark 14: 12-16, 22-26
Let us meditate on the total self-giving love of Jesus for us, as expressed in The Last Supper.
June 7: Matthew 5: 1-12
What the world sees as tragic or empty, Jesus sees as blessed: humility, mourning, gentleness, peacefulness, and other virtues. Jesus lived by these qualities himself, and we can see them in his words and actions during his life. He could encourage us to live in the spirit of the Beatitudes because he himself lived them and knew that a life of integrity and honesty is indeed a blessed life. The Beatitudes—the vision statement of Jesus. All who live according to his way of life are—and will be—richly blessed.
June 8: Matthew 5: 13-16
Let us meditate on what it means to be “the salt of the earth and the light of the world.”
June 9: Matthew 5: 17-19
Prayer is entering and relaxing into the mystery of God’s love, each in our own way.
June 10: Matthew 5: 20-26
We are to pay attention to the way we deal with one another; seek reconciliation above all.
June 11: John 19: 31-37
How is God communicating his love for me today? What is my response?
June 12: Luke 2: 41-51
God’s house may be found within our hearts. Jesus said, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” (John 14:23)
June 13: Mark 4: 26-34
The mustard seed becomes a tree for all; the kingdom of God is for everyone. Have you ever brought something of the kingdom of God—of love and peace, prayer and faith, justice and hope—when you didn’t recognize it? Let that fill you heart with gratitude as you pray.
June 14: Matthew 5: 38-42
Where do I need more generosity or freedom to respond to the vision that Jesus puts before me? I pray for a generous spirit.
June 15: Matthew 5: 43-48
Jesus asks us to depend on him and let his spirit come to life in us. Help me, Lord, to receive courage and strength to act in unexpected and life-giving ways.
June 16: Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-18
Do I realize that I am greatly loved and cherished by God? Let me enter into prayer giving thanks for such love as this.
June 17: Matthew 6: 7-15
The Lord’s Prayer is a cry of trust in God, trust that God is there for us and loves us, and is there for all and loves and cares for all. It is a cry of trust that God can provide what we need, give us a forgiving spirit, and deliver us from what is evil.
June 18: Matthew 6: 19-23
Jesus challenges us to ask ourselves where our real priorities lie. Is my heart divided, undecided, torn between different or conflicting loyalties? Jesus invites us to wholeness and to walk toward the light.
June 19: Matthew 6: 24-34
Jesus shows us that worry undermines faith. I bring my worries before God and ask for help to bring them into a truer perspective.
June 20: Mark 4: 35-41
How does this story make you feel? What does it remind you of about the life of faith and trust in God?
June 21: Matthew 7: 1-5
Be careful not to judge others more harshly than you judge yourself. Do not let prejudice cloud your judgment.
June 22: Matthew 7: 6, 12-14
What could “the narrow gate” mean for you?
June 23: Matthew 7:15-20
I, too, am called to bear good fruit, with a certain urgency.
June 24: Luke 1: 57-66, 80
Do I have any significant memories surrounding my name? Have I ever had an experience of the Lord speaking my name in love and calling me?
June 25: Matthew 8: 1-4
Jesus not only spoke with the leper in this story, but also touched him, overcoming his isolation. It was a moment of healing and grace.
June 26: Matthew 8: 5-17
“(Jesus) took our infirmities and bore our diseases.” Let me bring to Jesus my sick dear ones and all that needs healing in me.
June 27: Mark 5: 21-43
In prayer we may receive God’s healing touch. In ways that may surprise us we may be made free and whole.
June 28: Matthew 8: 18-22
Jesus’ call is radical. He is interested in the quality of our commitment, in our readiness to follow in his footsteps.
June 29: Matthew 16: 13-19
Let us learn as Peter did, not to trust in himself, but in God alone. Help us, too, to respond in love to God’s forgiving love.
June 30: Matthew 8: 28-34
This story reveals the compassion of Jesus for people like us and shows that he will do anything he can to free us from the demons such as fear, anxiety, or resentment that we have allowed to enslave us. By staying close to Jesus, we have nothing to fear.