Daily Reading & Meditation

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: I Will Raise You up at the Last Day

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 6:35-40 – Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: I Am the Bread of Life

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 6:30-35 – So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you perform? Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, `He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'” Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Labor for the Food Which Endures to Eternal Life

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 6:22-29 – On the next day the people who remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. However, boats from Tiberias came near the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Jesus Said: “It Is I – Do Not Be Afraid”

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 6:16-21 – When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea rose because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Miraculous Sign of Jesus

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 6:1-15 – After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. And a multitude followed him, because they saw the signs which he did on those who were diseased. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there sat down with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: He Who Believes in the Son Has Eternal Life

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 3:31-36 – He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth belongs to the earth, and of the earth he speaks; he who comes from heaven is above all. He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony; he who receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: God so Loved the World That He Gave Us His Only Son

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 3:16-21 – For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: You Must Be Born Anew

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 3:7-15 – Do not marvel that I said to you, `You must be born anew.’ The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can this be?” …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Unless One Is Born Anew

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 3:1-8 – Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Go and Preach the Gospel to the Whole Creation

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 16:9-15 – Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it. After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. ..

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Jesus Revealed Himself Again to the Disciples

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 21:1-14 – After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Jesus Opened Their Minds to Understand the Scriptures

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 24:35-48 – Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. As they were saying this, Jesus himself stood among them. But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts?

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Did Not Our Hearts Burn While He Opened to Us the Scriptures

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 24:13-35 – That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: I Have Seen the Lord!

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 20:11-18 – But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”…

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: News of the Resurrection

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 28:8-15 – So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Hail!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: They Laid Him in a Rock-Hewn Tomb

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 16:1-7 – Luke 23:50-56 – Now there was a man named Joseph from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, who had not consented to their purpose and deed, and he was looking for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Jesus’ Supreme Humility and Unfailing Love

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 13:1-15 – Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. And during supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him ….

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Tragedy of the Betrayal

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 26:14-25 – Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Betrayal and Faltering Loyalty to Jesus

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 13:21-33,36-38 – When Jesus had thus spoken, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke. One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was lying close to the breast of Jesus; so Simon Peter beckoned to him and said, “Tell us who it is of whom he speaks.” …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Extravagant Love for Jesus

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 12:1-11 – Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at table with him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: They Took Counsel How to Put Him to Death

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 11:45-56 – Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him; but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council, and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs…

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: I Am the Son of God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 10:31-42 – The Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of these do you stone me?” The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we stone you but for blasphemy; because you, being a man, make yourself God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, `I said, you are gods’? …

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Before Abraham Was, I Am

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 8:51-59 – Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will never see death.” The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, as did the prophets; and you say, `If any one keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you claim to be?” …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Truth Will Make You Free

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 8:31-42 – Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham, and have never been in bondage to any one. How is it that you say, `You will be made free’?” …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: When You Have Lifted up the Son of Man

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 8:21-30 – Again he said to them, “I go away, and you will seek me and die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come.” Then said the Jews, “Will he kill himself, since he says, `Where I am going, you cannot come’?” He said to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.” ..

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Go, and Do Not Sin Again

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 8:1-11 – but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple; all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Reaction to Jesus’ Words

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 7:40-53 – When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This is really the prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? Has not the scripture said that the Christ is descended from David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” So there was a division among the people over him. ..

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: His Hour Had Not yet Come

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 – After this Jesus went about in Galilee; he would not go about in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him. Now the Jews’ feast of Tabernacles was at hand. But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private. Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom they seek to kill? …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Father’s Witness to Jesus

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 5:31-47 – If I bear witness to myself, my testimony is not true; there is another who bears witness to me, and I know that the testimony which he bears to me is true. You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Not that the testimony which I receive is from man; but I say this that you may be saved. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: My Father Is Working Still, and I Am Working

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 5:17-30 – But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working still, and I am working.” This was why the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the Sabbath but also called God his Father, making himself equal with God. Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever he does, that the Son does likewise. ..

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Walk and Sin No More

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 5:1-16 – After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethzatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed. One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” …

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Jesus – the Divine Physician

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: John 4:43-54 43 After the two days he departed to Galilee. 44 For Jesus himself testified that a […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: God, Be Merciful to Me a Sinner!

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 18:9-14 – He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, `God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: You Are Not Far from the Kingdom of God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 12:28-34 – And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: God’s Kingdom Has Come upon You

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 11:14-23 – Now he was casting out a demon that was dumb; when the demon had gone out, the dumb man spoke, and the people marveled. But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons”; while others, to test him, sought from him a sign from heaven.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Whoever Relaxes One of the Commandments

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 5:17-19 – “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: How Often Shall I Forgive?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 18:21-35 – Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Jesus’ Power to Heal and Cleanse

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 4:24-30 – And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his own country. But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there came a great famine over all the land; and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Father, I Have Sinned against Heaven and You

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Luke 15:1-3,11-32 1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And […]

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: The Stone Which the Builders Rejected

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 21:33-46 – “Hear another parable. There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country. When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit; and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Lazarus Was Carried to Abraham’s Bosom

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 16:19-31 – “There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, full of sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. …

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Can You Drink Christ’s Cup?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 20:17-28 17 And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Whoever Humbles Oneself Will Be Exalted

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 23:1-12 1 Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Be Merciful as Your Father Is Merciful

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Luke 6:36-38 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.37 “Judge not, and you will not be […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Do Not Be Angry, Be Reconciled

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 5:20-26 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you […]

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Ask and You Will Receive from Your Father in Heaven

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 7:7-12 7 “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Sign of Jonah for an Evil Generation

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Luke 11:29-32 29 When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Your Heavenly Father Knows What You Need

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 6:7-15 7 “And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they […]

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Eternal Life Versus Eternal Punishment

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word Alternate reading: Matthew 16:13-19 GOSPEL READING: Matthew 25:31-46 31 “When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the […]

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Jesus Calls Sinners to Follow Him

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Luke 5:27-32 7 After this he went out, and saw a tax collector, named Levi, sitting at the […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Fasting for the Kingdom of God

Author Don Schwager,Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 9:14-15 14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, […]

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Take up Your Cross Daily and Follow Christ

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Luke 9:22-25 22 “The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: When You Pray, Fast, and Give Alms

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 – “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. …

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees and Herod

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Mark 8:14-21 14 Now they had forgotten to bring bread; and they had only one loaf with them […]

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: No Sign Shall Be Given to This Generation

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 8:11-13 – The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, to test him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.” And he left them, and getting into the boat again he departed to the other side.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Jesus Alone Can Satisfy Our Hunger for God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 8:1-10 – In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him, and said to them, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days, and have nothing to eat; and if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way; and some of them have come a long way.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: He Has Done All Things Well

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 7:31-37 – Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, through the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand upon him. And taking him aside from the multitude privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue ….

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Demon Has Left Your Daughter

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 7:24-30 – And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house, and would not have any one know it; yet he could not be hid. But immediately a woman, whose little daughter was possessed by an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell down at his feet. Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. …

Out of the Heart Come Evil Thoughts: Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 7:14-23 – And he called the people to him again, and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a man which by going into him can defile him; but the things which come out of a man are what defile him.” And when he had entered the house, and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Rejecting the Commandments of God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 7:1-13 – Now when the Pharisees gathered together to him, with some of the scribes, who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands defiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they wash their hands, observing the tradition of the elders; …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Many Were Made Well

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 6:53-56 – And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret, and moored to the shore. And when they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized him, and ran about the whole neighborhood and began to bring sick people on their pallets to any place where they heard he was.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Come Away and Rest a While

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 6:30-34 – The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves. Now many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns, and got there ahead of them. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Herod’s Guilty Conscience

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 6:14-29 – King Herod heard of it; for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him.” But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” But when Herod heard of it he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Jesus Gave Them Authority over Sickness and Unclean Spirits

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 6:7-13 – And he called to him the twelve, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. And he said to them, “Where you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Jesus Marveled because of Their Unbelief

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 6:1-6 – He went away from there and came to his own country; and his disciples followed him. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue; and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to him? What mighty works are wrought by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon ….

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Woman Who Took Heart in Jesus

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 2:22-40 – And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him; and he was beside the sea. Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and seeing him, he fell at his feet, and begged him, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” …

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Tell Them How Much the Lord Has Done for You

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 5:1-20 – They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of Gerasenes. And when he had come out of the boat, there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who lived among the tombs; and no one could bind him any more, even with a chain …

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Why Are You Afraid?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 4:35-41 – On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: What the Kingdom of God Is Like

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 4:26-34 – And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground, and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how. The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Living in the Light of God’s Truth and Wisdom

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 4:21-25 – And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a bushel, or under a bed, and not on a stand? For there is nothing hid, except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.” And he said to them, “Take heed what you hear ….

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Jesus Taught People Using Parables

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 4:1-20 – Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. And he taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Whoever Does the Will of God Is My Brother and Sister

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 3:31-35 – And his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting about him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking around on those who sat about him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Jesus Frees Us from Satan’s Power

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 3:22-30 – And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul, and by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” And he called them to him, and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: People Were Saying of Jesus, ‘He Is beside Himself’

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 3:19b, 20-21 – Then he went home; 20 and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for people were saying, “He is beside himself.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: All Pressed upon Jesus to Touch Him

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 3:7-12 – Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude from Galilee followed; also from Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from about Tyre and Sidon a great multitude, hearing all that he did, came to him. And he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, lest they should crush him; for he had healed many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him. …

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Is It Lawful… to Save Life or to Kill?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 3:1-6 – Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. And they watched him, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come here.” And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Son of Man Is Lord of the Sabbath

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 2:23-28 – One Sabbath he was going through the grain fields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him…

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Fasting or Feasting?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 2:18-22 – Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. …

 Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Many Sinners Were Sitting with Jesus

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 2:13-17 – He went out again beside the sea; and all the crowd gathered about him, and he taught them. And as he passed on, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. And as he sat at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were sitting with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: We Never Saw Anything like This!

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 2:1-12 – And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Lord Jesus Can Make Me Clean

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 1:40-45 – And a leper came to him beseeching him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Jesus Healed Many Who Were Sick

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 1:29-39 – And immediately he left the synagogue, and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him of her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her; and she served them. That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. …

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Jesus Taught with Authority

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – And they went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: The Kingdom of God Is at Hand

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word- Mark 1:14-20 – Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.” And passing along by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: This Joy of Mine Is Now Full

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 3:22-30 – After this Jesus and his disciples went into the land of Judea; there he remained with them and baptized. John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people came and were baptized. For John had not yet been put in prison.

 Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Lord, You Can Make Me Clean

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 5:12-16 – While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and besought him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And he stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him.

 Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Spirit of the Lord Is upon Me

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 4:14-22 – And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and a report concerning him went out through all the surrounding country. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and he went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the Sabbath day.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: They All Ate and Were Satisfied

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Mark 6:34-44 – As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late…

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Christ Stands among You

Author Don Schwager,Servants of the Word – John 1:19-28 – And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, he did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” And he answered, “No.” They said to him then, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”

The Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Word Became Flesh and Dwelt among Us

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – John 1:1-18 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Anna Recognized the Coming of Christ and Gave Thanks to God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 2:36-40 – And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity, and as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Favor of God Was upon Him

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 2:22-35 – And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Rachel Weeping for Her Children

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 2:13-18 – Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night, and departed to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The One Who Endures to the End Will Be Saved

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 10:17-22 – Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour ….

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: What Then Will This Child Be?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 1:57-66 – Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered, and she gave birth to a son. And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they would have named him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said, “Not so; he shall be called John.” …

 Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Many Will Rejoice at His Birth

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 1:5-25 – In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: He Will Save His People from Their Sins

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 1:18-25 – Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 1:1-17 – The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram ….

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: The Blind See, the Lame Walk, the Poor Receive Good News

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 7:18-23 – The disciples of John told him of all these things. And John, calling to him two of his disciples, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?” And when the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, `Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?'”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Which Son Did the Father’s Will?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 21:28-32 – “What do you think? A man had two sons; and he went to the first and said, `Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, `I will not’; but afterward he repented and went. And he went to the second and said the same; and he answered, `I go, sir,’ but did not go..

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: All Hold That John Was a Prophet

Author Don Schwager , Servants of the Word – Matthew 21:23-27 – And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you a question; and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Elijah Must First Come

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 17: 9a,10-13 – And as they were coming down the mountain the disciples asked him, “Then why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?” He replied, “Elijah does come, and he is to restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of man will suffer at their hands.” …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Come to Me and I Will Give You Rest

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 11:28-30 – Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: God Carries Us in His Bosom

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 18:12-14 – What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Your God Will Come and Save You

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – On one of those days, as he was teaching, there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was with him to heal. And behold, men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they sought to bring him in and lay him before Jesus …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the – Matthew 9:35-10:1,6-8 – And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Do You Believe?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 9:27-31 – And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Who Shall Enter the Kingdom of Heaven?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word -Matthew 7:21,24-27 – “Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. “Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: This Is the Lord – We Have Waited for Him

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Matthew 15:29-37 – And Jesus went on from there and passed along the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain, and sat down there. And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, so that the throng wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: This Is the Lord – We Have Waited for Him

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – And Jesus went on from there and passed along the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain, and sat down there. And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, so that the throng wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: She Put in All That She Had

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 21:1-4 – He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury; and he saw a poor widow put in two copper coins. And he said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all the living that she had.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: All Live to Him

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 20:27-40 – There came to him some Sadducees, those who say that there is no resurrection, and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man must take the wife and raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and died without children;

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation:

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 19:45-48 – And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, saying to them, “It is written, `My house shall be a house of prayer’; but you have made it a den of robbers.” And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people sought to destroy him; but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people hung upon his words.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Know the Time of Your Visitation

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word –  Luke 19:41-44 – And when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it, saying, “Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hid from your eyes. For the days shall come upon you, when your enemies will cast up a bank about you and surround you, and hem you in on every side, and dash you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another in you; because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: They Did Not Want Me to Reign over Them

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 19:11-28 – As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive a kingdom and then return. Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten pounds, and said to them, `Trade with these till I come.’

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: What Do You Want Me to Do for You?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 18:35-43 – As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; 36 and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 And he cried, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Always Pray and Do Not Lose Heart

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 18:1-8 – And he told them a parable, to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor regarded man; and there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, `Vindicate me against my adversary.’ For a while he refused; but afterward he said to himself, `Though I neither fear God nor regard man ….

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: One Will Be Taken and the Other Left

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 17:26-37 – As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of man. They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was in the days of Lot — they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built…

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Coming of Christ’s Kingdom

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 17:20-25 – Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, `Behold, here it is!’ or `There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” And he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of man…

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: He Fell at Jesus’ Feet Giving Thanks

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 17:11-19 – On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: We Have Only Done Our Duty

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 17:7-10 – “Will any one of you, who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep, say to him when he has come in from the field, `Come at once and sit down at table’? Will he not rather say to him, `Prepare supper for me, and gird yourself and serve me, till I eat and drink; and afterward you shall eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded?

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Lord Jesus Increase Our Faith

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 17:1-6 – And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come; but woe to him by whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung round his neck and he were cast into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him…

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Who Will Entrust to You the True Riches?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 16:9-15 – And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous mammon, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal habitations. “He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you the true riches? …

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: The Necessity of Prudent Foresight

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 16:1-8 – He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a steward, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. And he called him and said to him, `What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Sinners Were Drawn to Jesus

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 15:1-10 – Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The True Cost of Discipleship

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 14:25-33 – Now great multitudes accompanied him; and he turned and said to them, “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Invitation to the King’s Banquet Table

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 14:15-24 – When one of those who sat at table with him heard this, he said to him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!” But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; and at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, `Come; for all is now ready.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: You Will Be Repaid at the Resurrection of the Just

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 14:12-14 – He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Every One Who Exalts Himself Will Be Humbled

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 14:1, 7-11 – One sabbath when he went to dine at the house of a ruler who belonged to the Pharisees, they were watching him. Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he marked how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, “When you are invited by any one to a marriage feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest a more eminent man than you be invited by him….

The Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: They Were Watching Jesus

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 14:1-6 – One Sabbath when he went to dine at the house of a ruler who belonged to the Pharisees, they were watching him. And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. And Jesus spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord!

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 13:31-35 – At that very hour some Pharisees came, and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, `Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. Nevertheless I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Do Not Risk Being Shut Out

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 6:12-19 He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. And some one said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, “Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the householder has risen up and shut the door, you will begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, `Lord, open to us.’ …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: What God’s Kingdom Is Like

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 13:18-21 – He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his garden; and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.” And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”

Catholic Couple Find Solidarity With Others in Sharing NFP Struggles, Other Challenges, by Anita Draper

By Anita Draper, CNS – Actively living out their Catholic faith as individuals and a couple — following the church’s teachings on natural family planning in particular — has sometimes been challenging for Nick and Emily Frase…. But for Nick, who grew up in the Diocese of Superior, the lesson that being a faithful Catholic wouldn’t always come easy was built into his formation. Strength in their faith and the support of a solid Christian community has guided the couple through trying times… “Having that community of a bunch of people just trying to do marriage and parenthood to the best of their ability ….

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Freedom from Bondage for Eighteen Years

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 13:10-17 – Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And there was a woman who had had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your infirmity.”

Complicit Clergy: Chaste Same-Sex Attracted Catholics, Feeling Betrayed by Pope Francis, Urge Him to Repent

Posted by Complicit Clergy, OIn the aftermath of Pope Francis’s pronouncement in a just-premiered documentary seemingly supporting the legalization of gay civil unions, chaste same-sex attracted Catholics are […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Unless You Repent – You Will Perish

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 13:1-9 – There were some present at that very time who told him of the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered thus? I tell you, No; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Heed the Warning Signs before It Is Too Late

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 12:54-59 – He also said to the multitudes, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, `A shower is coming’; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, `There will be scorching heat’; and it happens. You hypocrites!…

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: I Came to Cast Fire upon the Earth

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 12:49-53 – “I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how I am constrained until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division; for henceforth in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three; …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Be Ready to Answer – the Lord Draws Near

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 12:39-48 – But know this, that if the householder had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. You also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an unexpected hour.” …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: When the Master Knocks – Open at Once

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 12:35-38 – “Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Storing up True Riches

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 12:13-21 – One of the multitude said to him, “Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?” And he said to them, “Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, `What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Holy Spirit Will Teach You What to Say

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 12:8-12 – “And I tell you, every one who acknowledges me before men, the Son of man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; but he who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God. And every one who speaks a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven…

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Do Not Fear Those Who Kill the Body

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 12:1-7 – In the meantime, when so many thousands of the multitude had gathered together that they trod upon one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Do Not Lose the Key of Knowledge 

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 11:47-54 – Woe to you! for you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed. So you are witnesses and consent to the deeds of your fathers; for they killed them, and you build their tombs. Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, `I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute ….

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: You Load Burdens Hard to Bear 

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 11:42-46 – “But woe to you Pharisees! for you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. Woe to you Pharisees! for you love the best seat in the synagogues and salutations in the market places.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: What Makes the Heart Clean and Holy?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 11:37-41 – While he was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him; so he went in and sat at table. The Pharisee was astonished to see that he did not first wash before dinner. And the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of extortion and wickedness. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: This Is an Evil Generation; It Seeks a Sign

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 11:29-32 – When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah became a sign to the men of Nineveh, so will the Son of man be to this generation. The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them ….

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Hear the Word of God and Keep It

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 11:27-28 – As he said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: If It Is by the Finger of God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 11:15-26 – But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons”; while others, to test him, sought from him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: How Much More Will the Heavenly Father Give!

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word- Luke 11:5-13 – And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, `Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, `Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything’?

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Lord, Teach Us to Pray 

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 11:1-4 – He was praying in a certain place, and when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive every one who is indebted to us; and lead us not into temptation.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: You Are Anxious

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 10:38-42 – Now as they went on their way, he entered a village; and a woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Go and Do Likewise

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 10:25-37 – And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered right; do this, and you will live.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Your Names Are Written in Heaven

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 10:17-24 – The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: He Who Hears You Hears Me

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 10:13-16 – “Woe to you, Chorazin! woe to you, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it shall be more tolerable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades. 16 “He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Kingdom of God Has Come near to You

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 10:1-12 – After this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to come. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Fit for the Kingdom of God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 9:57-62 – As they were going along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Jesus’ Face Was Set toward Jerusalem

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 9:51-56 – When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him; but the people would not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Jesus Perceived the Thought of Their Hearts

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 9:46-50 – And an argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. But when Jesus perceived the thought of their hearts, he took a child and put him by his side, and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me; for he who is least among you all is the one who is great.” …

The Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: They Were Astonished at the Majesty of God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 9:43-45 – And all were astonished at the majesty of God. But while they were all marveling at everything he did, he said to his disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men.” But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Who Do You Say That Jesus Is?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 9:18-22 – Now it happened that as he was praying alone the disciples were with him; and he asked them, “Who do the people say that I am?” And they answered, “John the Baptist; but others say, Elijah; and others, that one of the old prophets has risen.” And he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Suppressing Truth to Ease a Guilty Conscience

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – GOSPEL READING: Luke 9:7-9 – Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead, by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen. Herod said, “John I beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And he sought to see him.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Jesus Gave Them Authority over All Demons and Diseases

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 9:1-6 – And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal. And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics. And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart..

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Hear the Word of God and Do It

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 8:19-21: Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him for the crowd. And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.” But he said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Every Secret Shall Come to Light

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 8:16-18 – “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hid that shall not be made manifest, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light. Take heed then how you hear; for to him who has will more be given, and from him who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: He Who Has Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 8:4-15 – And when a great crowd came together and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Women Provided for Jesus

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 8:1-3 – Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Which Will Love Him More?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 7:36-50 – One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house, and took his place at table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment….

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: How Shall I Compare This Generation?

By Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 7:31-35 – “To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the market place and calling to one another, `We piped to you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not weep.’ For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine; and you say, `He has a demon.’ …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Lord Had Compassion on Her

By Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 7:11-17: Soon afterward he went to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Say the Word – Be Healed

By Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – By Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 7:1-10 – After he had ended all his sayings in the hearing of the people he entered Capernaum. Now a centurion had a slave who was dear to him, who was sick and at the point of death. When he heard of Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his slave. And when they came to Jesus, they begged him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him…

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: A Life Built on a Solid Foundation

By Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 6:43-49 – “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. “Why do you call me `Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Do You Not See the Log in Your Own Eye?

By Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 6:39-42 – He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but every one when he is fully taught will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Do Good to Those Who Hate You

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 6:27-38 – 27 “But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30 Give to every one who begs from you; and of him who takes away your goods do not ask them again. 31 And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them….

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Blessed Are You Poor – Yours Is the Kingdom of God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 6:20-26: And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh. “Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of man! …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Is It Lawful to Save Life or to Destroy It?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 6:6-11 – On another Sabbath, when he entered the synagogue and taught, a man was there whose right hand was withered. And the scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they might find an accusation against him. But he knew their thoughts, and he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come and stand here.” And he rose and stood there.

The Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Son of Man Is Lord of the Sabbath

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 6:1-5 – On a Sabbath, while he was going through the grain fields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?” …

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Unity of the New and the Old

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 5:33-39: And they said to him, “The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink.” And Jesus said to them, “Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: You Will Catch People for the Kingdom of God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Luke 5:1-11: While the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. 2 And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3 Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: He Laid His Hands on Every One and Healed Them

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – And he arose and left the synagogue, and entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they asked him about her. 39 And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her; and immediately she rose and served them. 40 Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. 41 And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!”

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: His Word Was with Authority and Power 

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word – Meditation: When you listen to the word of God in Scripture how do you respond to it? Do you hear it with indifference, selective submission, or with the full assent of faith and obedience? When Jesus taught he spoke with authority. He spoke the word of God as no one had spoken it before. When the Rabbis taught they supported their statements with quotes from other authorities.

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: No Prophet Is Acceptable in His Own Country

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Luke 4:16-30 16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and he went to […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: The Foolish Will Miss Heaven’s Wedding Feast

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 25:1-13 1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Are You Ready to Meet the Lord? 

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 24:42-51 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: True Beauty and Goodness Come from Within

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 23:27-32 27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like white washed tombs, which […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Do Not Neglect Justice, Mercy and Faith

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 23:23-26 23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you tithe mint and dill and […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Do Not Close the Door to God’s Kingdom

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word Alternate reading: John 1:45-51 GOSPEL READING: Matthew 23:13-22 13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you shut […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Whoever Humbles Oneself Will Be Exalted

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 23:1-12 1 Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: What Is the Greatest Rule of Life?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 22:34-40 34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. 35 […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: They Would Not Come to the Feast!

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 22:1-14 1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Do You Begrudge My Generosity?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 20:1-16 1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who went out early in the […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Who Can Enter the Kingdom of Heaven?

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Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: What God Has Joined Together

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 19:3-12 3 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Lord, How Often Shall I Forgive My Brother? 

Aauthor Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 18:21-19:1 21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Who Is the Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Not to Give Offense

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 17:22-27 22 As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of man is […]

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: Nothing Will Be Impossible to You

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 17:14-20 14 And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and kneeling […]

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditations: You Are the Christ – the Son of the Living God

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word Alternate reading: Matthew 17:1-9 GOSPEL READING: Matthew 16:13-19 13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked […]

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditations: Great Is Your Faith! Be It Done for You as You Desire

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word  GOSPEL READING: Matthew 15:21-28 21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. […]

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditations: It Is I – Have No Fear

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 14:22-36 22 Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the […]

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Jesus Blessed the Loaves and Fishes

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 14:13-21 13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a lonely […]

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditations: Herod’s Reaction to John the Baptist

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 14:1-12 1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus; 2 and he […]

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditations: They Took Offense at Jesus

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 13:54-58 54 and coming to his own country he taught them in their synagogue, so that they […]

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditations: Joy in Finding Hidden Treasure and Pearl of Great Price

GOSPEL READING: Matthew 13:44-46 – 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditations: The Righteous Will Shine like the Sun in the Father’s Kingdom

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 13:36-43 36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, […]

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditations: What the Kingdom of Heaven Is Like

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 13:31-35 31 Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of […]

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditation: Whoever Hears the Word and Understands It

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 13:18-23 18 “Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 When any one hears the word of the […]

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditations: Many Longed to Hear What You Hear

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 13:10-17 10 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in […]

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditations: Since They Had No Root They Withered Away

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 13:1-9 1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 […]

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditations: Who Are My Brothers and Sisters?

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 12:46-50 ( 46 While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood […]

 Daily Scripture Readings and Meditations: An Adulterous Generation Seeks for a Sign

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 12:38-42 38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see […]

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditations: Until Jesus Brings Justice to Victory

Author Don Schwager, Servants of the Word GOSPEL READING: Matthew 12:14-21 14 But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him, how to destroy him. 15 […]

Daily Scripture Readings and Meditations: July 14, 2020

Will You Be Exalted to Heaven? Author Don Schwager, 14 JULY 2020 GOSPEL READING: Matthew 11:20-24 20 Then he began to upbraid the cities where most of […]

Daily Mediatation: I Have Not Come to Bring Peace, but a Sword

I Have Not Come to Bring Peace, but a Sword Author Don Schwager, MONDAY 13 JULY 2020 GOSPEL READING: Matthew 10:34 – 11:1 34 “Do not think […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (July 10)

Sheep in the midst of wolves – wise and innocent Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 10:16-23 16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (July 8)

Jesus gives his disciples authority to heal and set free Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 10:1-7 1 And he called to him his twelve disciples and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (July 7)

Never seen anything like this Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 9:32-38 32 As they were going away, behold, a dumb demoniac was brought to him.33 And […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (July 6)

Take heart, your faith has made you well Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 9:18-26 18 While he was thus speaking to them, behold, a ruler came […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (July 2)

Take heart – your sins are forgiven Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 9:1-8 1 And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (June 30)

 “Why are you afraid, O men of little faith?” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 8:23-27   23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (June 29)

“You are the Christ – the Son of the living God” Author Don Schwager – Gospel: Matthew 16:13-19    13 Now when Jesus came into the district […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (July 27)

What the kingdom of heaven is like Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 13:31-35 31 Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (June 26)

“Lord, you can make me clean” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 8:1-4 1 When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; 2 and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (June 25)

“The wise who built their house upon the rock” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 7:21-29 21 “Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ shall […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (June 24)

“The hand of the Lord was with him” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 1:57-66,80  (alternate reading: Luke 1:5-17,or Matthew 7:15-20) 57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (June 23)

“Do not throw your pearls before swine” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 7:6, 12-14    6 “Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (June 22)

“First take the log out of your own eye” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 7:1-5  1 “Judge not, that you be not judged.  2 For with […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (June 19)

“Heavenly things revealed to infants” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 11:25-30   (alternate reading: Matthew 6:19-23) 25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (June 18)

Your heavenly Father knows what you need Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  Matthew 6:7-15 7 “And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (June 17)

When you pray, fast, and give alms Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 1 “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (June 15)

Do not return evil for evil Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 5:38-42 38 “You have heard that it was said, `An eye for an eye and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (June 13)

Let what you say be simply Yes or No Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 5:33-37   33 “Again you have heard that it was said to the men of […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (June 12)

 “If your eye causes you to sin” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 5:27-32   27 “You have heard that it was said, `You shall not commit adultery.’ […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (June 11)

Be reconciled to your brother Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 5:20-26 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (June 10)

Great are those who teach and obey the commandments Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 5:17-19 17 “Think not that I have come to abolish the law […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (June 9)

“The salt of the earth and light of the world” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 5:13-16 13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (June 10)

“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12 1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (June 5)

“The Christ is the Son of David“ Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Mark 12:35-37   35 And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (June 4)

“Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength“ Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Mark 12:28-34 28 And one of the scribes came up and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (June 3)

 “You  know neither the scriptures nor the power of God“  – Scripture: Mark 12:18-27 18 And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection; […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (June 2)

“Give to God what belongs to God” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Mark 12:13-17   13 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (June 1)

Woman, behold, your son! Disciple, behold, your mother! Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 19:25-34   (alternate reading: Mark 12:1-12) 25b Standing by the cross of Jesus were his […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (May 30)

The immensity of what Jesus has done for us Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 21:20-25  20 Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (May 29)

“Do you love Jesus more than these?” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 21:15-19 15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (May 27)

“Consecrated in God’s truth” Scripture: John 17:11-19  11 And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (May 26)

“This is eternal life – to know the Father the only true God” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 17:1-11 1 When Jesus had spoken these words, […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (May 22)

“Your sorrow will turn into joy” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 16:20-23   20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (May 20)

The Holy Spirit will guide you into all the truth Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 16:12-15 12 “I have yet many things to say to you, […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (May 15)

“I have called you friends” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 15:12-17 12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. […]

aily Reading & Meditation: Thursday – Feast of the Apostle Matthias (May 14)

Receive the fullness of God’s love and joy Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 15:9-17  (alternate reading: John 15:9-11) 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (May 13)

“Abide in me, and I in you” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 15:1-8 1 “I am the true vine, for apart from me you can do nothing. […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (May 9)

“Lord, show us the Father” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 14:7-14 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (May 6)

“Believe in me – that you may not remain in darkness” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 12:44-50   44 And Jesus cried out and said, “He who […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (May 4)

“I Am the Good Shepherd” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  John 10:11-18  (alternate reading: John 10:1-10) 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (April 28)

“I am the bread of life” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 6:30-35 30 So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (April 24)

The miraculous sign of Jesus Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 6:1-15   1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (April 23)

“He who believes in the Son has eternal life” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 3:31-36 31 He who comes from above is above all; he who […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (April 22)

“God so loved the world that he gave us his only Son” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 3:16-21 16 For God so loved the world that […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (April 21)

“You must be born anew” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 3:7-15   7 Do not marvel that I said to you, `You must be born anew.’ 8 […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (April 20)

“Unless one is born anew” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 3:1-8   1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (April 18)

“Go and preach the Gospel to the whole creation” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Mark 16:9-15 9 Now when he rose early on the first day of […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (April 17)

“Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 21:1-14 1 After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (April 13)

News of the resurrection Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 28:8-15 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Holy Thursday (April 9)

Jesus’ supreme humility and unfailing love Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading: John 13:1-15  (alternate reading for Holy Thursday chrism liturgy: Luke 4:16-21) 1 Now before the feast of […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (April 7)

Betrayal and faltering loyalty to Jesus Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading: John 13:21-33,36-38 21 When Jesus had thus spoken, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (April 6)

Extravagant love for Jesus Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading: John 12:1-11 1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday: (April 2)

“Before Abraham was, I am” Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  John 8:51-59 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if any one keeps my word, he will […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (April 1)

“The truth will make you free” Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  John 8:31-42  31 Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday: (March 31)

“When you have lifted up the Son of man” Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  John 8:21-30 21 Again he said to them, “I go away, and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday: (March 30)

“Go, and do not sin again” Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  John 8:1-11  (alternate reading: John 8:12-20) 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (March 28)

Reaction to Jesus’ words Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  John 7:40-53 40 When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This is really the […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (March 27)

His hour had not yet come Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 1 After this Jesus went about in Galilee; he would not […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (March 26)

The Father’s witness to Jesus author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  John 5:31-47  31 If I bear witness to myself, my testimony is not true; 32 there is […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (March 25)

“You have found favor with God” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 1:26-38  (alternate reading: John 5:17-30) 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (March 23)

Jesus – the divine physician Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  John 4:43-54 43 After the two days he departed to Galilee. 44 For Jesus himself testified […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (March 21)

“God, be merciful to me a sinner!” Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  Luke 18:9-14   9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (March 20)

“You are not far from the kingdom of God” Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  Mark 12:28-34 28 And one of the scribes came up and heard […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (March 19)

Author Don Schwager – “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary  your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; 21 she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (March 18)

“Whoever relaxes one of the commandments “ Gospel Reading:  Matthew 5:17-19 17 “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (March 16)

Jesus’ power to heal and cleanse Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  Luke 4:24-30   24 And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (March 14)

“Father, I have sinned against heaven and you” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 15:1-3,11-32     1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (March 13)

The stone which the builders rejected Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  Matthew 21:33-46     33 “Hear another parable. There was a householder who planted a vineyard, […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (March 12)

Lazarus was carried to Abraham’s bosom Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  Luke 16:19-31 19 “There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (March 11)

Can you drink Christ’s cup? Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  Matthew 20:17-28   17 And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (March 10)

Whoever humbles oneself will be exalted Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  Matthew 23:1-12    1 Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (March 9)

Be merciful as your Father is merciful Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  Luke 6:36-38   36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.37 “Judge not, and you […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (March 6)

Do not be angry, be reconciled Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  Matthew 5:20-26 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes […]

Daily Reading & Meditation:  Thursday (March 5)

Ask and you will receive from your Father in heaven Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 7:7-12   7 “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (March 4)

The sign of Jonah for an evil generation Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  Luke 11:29-32 29 When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (March 3)

Your heavenly Father knows what you need Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  Matthew 6:7-15 7 “And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (March 2)

Eternal life versus eternal punishment Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  Matthew 25:31-46 31 “When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (February 28)

Fasting for the kingdom of God Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  Matthew 9:14-15 14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (February 27)

Take up your cross daily and follow Christ Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading: Luke 9:22-25 22 “The Son of man must suffer many things, and be […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Ash Wednesday (February 26)

When you pray, fast, and give alms Author Don Schwager Gospel Reading:  Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 1 “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (February 24)

“All things are possible to him who believes” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Mark 9:14-29 14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (February 22)

The keys of the kingdom of heaven Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 16:13-19  (alternate reading: Mark 9:2 – 13) 13 Now when Jesus came into the district […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (February 19)

“The blind man was restored and saw everything clearly” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Mark 8:22-26 22 And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (February 17)

“No sign shall be given to this generation” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Mark 8:11-13 11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (February 15)

Jesus alone can satisfy our hunger for God Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Mark 8:1-10 1 In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (February 14)

“He has done all things well” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Mark 7:31-37 31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went through Sidon to […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (February 12)

“Out of the heart come evil thoughts” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Mark 7:14-23 14 And he called the people to him again, and said to them, […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (February 11)

“Rejecting the commandments of God” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Mark 7:1-13 1 Now when the Pharisees gathered together to him, with some of the scribes, who […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (February 10)

“Many were made well” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Mark 6:53-56 53 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret, and moored to […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (February 8)

“Come away and rest a while” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Mark 6:30-34 30 The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (February 7)

Herod’s guilty conscience Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Mark 6:14-29  14 King Herod heard of it; for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the baptizer […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (February 6)

Jesus gave them authority over sickness and unclean spirits Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Mark 6:7-13   7 And he called to him the twelve, and began to […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (February 5)

 Jesus marveled because of their unbelief Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Mark 6:1-6 1 He went away from there and came to his own country; and his […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (February 4)

The woman who took heart in Jesus author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Mark 5:21-43      21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (January 29)

Jesus taught people using parables Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Mark 4:1-20        1 Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (January 28)

“Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Mark 3:31-35 31 And his mother and his brothers came; and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (January 27)

Jesus frees us from Satan’s power Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Mark 3:22-30   22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle (January 25)

“Go into all the world and preach the Gospel” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Mark 16:15-18   (alternate reading: Mark 3:20-21) 15 And he said to them, “Go into all […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (January 23)

All pressed upon Jesus to touch him Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Mark 3:7-12 7 Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (January 22)

“Is it lawful… to save life or to kill?” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Mark 3:1-6 1 Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (January 21)

“The Son of man is Lord of the Sabbath” author Don Schwager – Scripture: Mark 2:23-28 23 One Sabbath he was going through the grain fields; and as […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (January 20)

“Fasting or feasting?” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Mark 2:18-22 18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, “Why […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (January 17)

“We never saw anything like this!” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Mark 2:1-12 1 And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that […]

Daily Reading and Meditation: Thursday (January 16)

The Lord Jesus can make me clean Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Mark 1:40-45 40 And a leper came to him beseeching him, and kneeling said to […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (January 15)

Jesus healed many who were sick Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Mark 1:29-39 29 And immediately he left the synagogue, and entered the house of Simon and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (January 14)

Jesus taught with authority Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Mark 1:21-28 21 And they went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (January 13)

“The kingdom of God is at hand” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Mark 1:14-20 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (January 11)

“This joy of mine is now full” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 3:22-30 22 After this Jesus and his disciples went into the land of Judea; […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (January 10)

“Lord, you can make me clean” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 5:12-16 12 While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (January 9)

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me” author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 4:14-22 14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (January 8)

“Take heart, it is I; have no fear” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Mark 6:45-52 45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (January 7)

“They all ate and were satisfied” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Mark 6:34-44   34 As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (January 6)

From darkness and death to light and life Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 4:12-17,23-25  (for the Feast of Epiphany see Matthew 2:1-12)     12 Now when he […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (January 4)

“We have found the Messiah!” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 1:35-42 35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples; 36 and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (January 3)

“Behold the Lamb of God!” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 1:29-34   29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (January 2)

Christ stands among you Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 1:19-28 19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (December 31)

“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 1:1-18 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (December 21)

Joyful Anticipation of the Messiah Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 1:39-45   39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (December 20)

“Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 1:26-38    26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (December 19)

“Many will rejoice at his birth” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 1:5-25     5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (December 18)

“He will save his people from their sins” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (December 17)

“The genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 1:1-17 1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (December 16)

“All hold that John was a prophet” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 21:23-27   23 And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (December 14)

“Elijah must first come” author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 17:9a,10-13   9a And as they were coming down the mountain 10 the disciples asked him, “Then why do […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (December 13)

The Lord will lead you in the way you should go Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 11:16-19   16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Sunday (January 12)

Jesus humbly submitted to baptism by John Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 3:13-17   13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (December 11)

“Come to me and I will give you rest” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30   28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (December 10)

God carries us in his bosom Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 18:12-14    12 What do you think?  If a man has a hundred sheep, and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (December 9)

“For with God nothing will be impossible” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 1:26-38   (alternate reading: Luke 5:17-26) 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (December 7)

“The kingdom of heaven is at hand” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 9:35-10:1,6-8   9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (December 6) “Do you believe?”

“Do you believe?” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 9:27-31  27 And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (December 5)

“Who shall enter the kingdom of heaven?” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 7:21,24-27 21 “Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (December 4)

“This is the LORD – we have waited for him” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 15:29-37    29 And Jesus went on from there and passed along the […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (December 3)

“Blessed are the eyes which see what you see!” author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading:  Luke 10:21-24 21 In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (December 2)

“Many will sit at table in the kingdom of heaven” Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading: Matthew 8:5-11   5 As he entered Capernaum, a centurion came […]

Saint of the Day for November 30: St. Andrew (d. 60?)

By Franciscan Media Saint Andrew’s Story – Andrew was Saint Peter’s brother, and was called with him. “As [Jesus] was walking by the sea of Galilee, he […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday – Feast of the Apostle Andrew (November 30)

“I will make you fishers of people” author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 4:18-22  (alternate reading: Luke 21:34-36) 18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (November 27)

“Not a hair of your head will perish” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 21:12-19 12 But before all this they will lay their hands on you […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (November 26)

“Take heed that you are not led astray” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 21:5-11 5 And as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (November 25)

“She put in all that she had” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 21:1-4 1 He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (November 23)

“All live to him” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 20:27-40     27 There came to him some Sadducees, those who say that there is no resurrection, […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (November 22)

“All the people hung upon his words “ Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 19:45-48 45 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (November 21)

“Know the time of your visitation” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 19:41-44   41 And when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it, […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (November 20)

“They did not want me to reign over them” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 19:11-28 11 As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (November 19)

“Zacchaeus received Jesus joyfully” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 19:1-10 1 He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And there was a man named Zacchaeus; […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (November 18)

“What do you want me to do for you?” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 18:35-43 35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (November 16)

“Always pray and do not lose heart” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 18:1-8 1 And he told them a parable, to the effect that they ought […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (November 15)

“One will be taken and the other left” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 17:26-37 26 As it was in the days of Noah, so will it […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (November 14)

The coming of Christ’s kingdom Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 17:20-25 20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, he answered […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (November 13)

“He fell at Jesus’ feet giving thanks” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 17:11-19   11 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (November 12)

“We have only done our duty” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 17:7-10 7 “Will any one of you, who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep, […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (November 11)

“Lord Jesus increase our faith” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 17:1-6   1 And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come; […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (November 9)

“Zeal for the Father’s house” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 2:13-22  (alternate reading: Luke 16:9-15) 13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (November 8)

The necessity of prudent foresight Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 16:1-8   1 He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (November 7)

Sinners were drawn to Jesus Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 15:1-10   1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him.2 And […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (November 6)

The true cost of discipleship Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 14:25-33 25 Now great multitudes accompanied him; and he turned and said to them, 26 “If […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (November 5)

“Invitation to the King’s banquet table” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 14:15-24 15 When one of those who sat at table with him heard this, he […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (November 4)

“You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 14:12-14   12 He said also to the man who had invited […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (November 2)

“Every one who believes in him will be raised up at the last day” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 6:37-40    37 All that the Father gives […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (November 1)

“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12a  (alternate reading: Luke 14:1-6) 1 Seeing the crowds, he went […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (October 31)

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 13:31-35  31 At that very hour some Pharisees came, and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (October 30)

Do not risk being shut out Author Don Schwager – Scripture:   Luke 13:22-30   22 He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching, and journeying toward […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (October 29)

“What God’s kingdom is like” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 13:18-21  18 He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (October 28)

Jesus chose twelve apostles Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 6:12-19  (alternate reading: Luke 13:10-17) 12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray; and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (October 26)

“Unless you repent – you will perish” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 13:1-9  1 There were some present at that very time who told him of […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (October 25)

Heed the warning signs before it is too late Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 12:54-59 54 He also said to the multitudes, “When you see a cloud […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (October 24)

“I came to cast fire upon the earth” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 12:49-53 49 “I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (October 23)

“Be ready to answer – the Lord draws near” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 12:39-48 39 But know this, that if the householder had known at […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (October 22)

“When the Master knocks – open at once” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 12:35-38 35 “Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning, 36 and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (October 21)

Storing up true riches Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 12:13-21 13 One of the multitude said to him, “Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (October 19)

“The Holy Spirit will teach you what to say” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 12:8-12  8 “And I tell you, every one who acknowledges me before […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (October 18)

“The kingdom of God has come near to you” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 10:1-9  (alternate reading: Luke 12:1-7) 1 After this the Lord appointed seventy others, […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (October 17)

Do not lose the key of knowledge Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 11:47-54   47 Woe to you! for you build the tombs of the prophets whom […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (October 16)

“You load burdens hard to bear” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 11:42-46   42 “But woe to you Pharisees! for you tithe mint and rue and every […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (October 15)

What makes the heart clean and holy? Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 11:37-41 37 While he was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him; […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (October 14)

“This is an evil generation – it seeks a sign” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 11:29-32 29 When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (October 12)

“Hear the word of God and keep it” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 11:27-28 27 As he said this, a woman in the crowd raised her […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (October 11)

“If it is by the finger of God” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 11:15-26 15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (October 10)

“How much more will the heavenly Father give!” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 11:5-13 5 And he said to them, “Which of you who has a […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (October 9)

“Lord, teach us to pray” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 11:1-4 1 He was praying in a certain place, and when he ceased, one of his […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (October 8)

“You are anxious – one thing is needful” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 10:38-42 38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a village; and a […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (October 7)

“Go and do likewise” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 10:25-37 25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (October 1)

“Jesus’ face was set toward Jerusalem” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 9:51-56   51 When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (September 30)

“Jesus perceived the thought of their hearts” author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 9:46-50   46 And an argument arose among them as to which of them was the […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (September 28)

“They were astonished at the majesty of God” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 9:43-45    43 And all were astonished at the majesty of God. But […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (September 27)

“Who do you say that Jesus is?” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 9:18-22  18 Now it happened that as he was praying alone the disciples were […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (September 26)

Suppressing truth to ease a guilty conscience Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 9:7-9 7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done, and he […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (September 25)

“Jesus gave them authority over all demons and diseases” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 9:1-6   1 And he called the twelve together and gave them power […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (September 24)

“Hear the word of God and do it” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 8:19-21 19 Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (September 23)

“Every secret shall come to light” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 8:16-18    16 “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel, or […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (September 21)

“I desire mercy – not sacrifice” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 9:9-13  (alternate reading: Luke 8:4-15) 9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called […]

Daily Reading & Meditation:  Friday (September 20)

“The women provided for Jesus” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 8:1-3   1 Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (September 19)

“Which will love him more?” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 7:36-50  36 One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (September 18)

“How shall I compare this generation?” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 7:31-35  31 “To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (September 17)

“The Lord had compassion on her” author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 7:11-17   11 Soon afterward he went to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (September 16)

“Say the word, and let my servant be healed” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Luke 7:1-10   1 After he had ended all his sayings in the hearing […]

Daily Reading and Meditation: Saturday (September 14)

“So must the Son of Man be lifted up” Author Don Schwager – Gospel reading: John 3:13-17  (alternate reading: Luke 6:43-49) 13 (Jesus answered) “No one has ascended into […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (September 13)

“Do you not see the log in your own eye?” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 6:39-42   39 He also told them a parable: “Can a blind […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (September 12)

“Do good to those who hate you” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 6:27-38    27 “But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (September 11)

“Blessed are you poor – yours is the kingdom of God” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 6:20-26 20 And he lifted up his eyes on his […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (September 10)

Jesus chose twelve apostles Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 6:12-19   12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray; and all night he […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (September 9)

“Is it lawful to save life or to destroy it?” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 6:6-11   6 On another Sabbath, when he entered the synagogue and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (September 7)

“The Son of man is lord of the Sabbath” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 6:1-5   1 On a Sabbath, while he was going through the grain […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (September 6)

The unity of the new and the old Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 5:33-39   33 And they said to him, “The disciples of John fast often […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (September 5)

“You will catch people for the kingdom of God” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 5:1-11 1 While the people pressed upon him to hear the word […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (September 4)

“He laid his hands on every one and healed them” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 4:38-44 38 And he arose and left the synagogue, and entered […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (September 3)

“His word was with authority and power” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 4:31-37 31 And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (August 31)

“The master will settle his account with them” Author Don Schwager -= Scripture:  Matthew 25:14-30   14 “For it will be as when a man going on a […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (August 30)

The foolish will miss heaven’s wedding feast Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 25:1-13   1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens who […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (August 29)

“Herod feared John – a righteous and holy man” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Mark 6:17-29  (alternate reading: Matthew 24:42-51) 17 For Herod had sent and seized John, […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (August 28)

True beauty and goodness come from within Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 23:27-32   27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like white […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (August 27)

Do not neglect justice, mercy and faith Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 23:23-26   23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you tithe mint and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (August 26)

Do not close the door to God’s kingdom Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 23:13-22   13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you shut […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (August 23)

What is the greatest rule of life? Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 22:34-40   34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (August 22)

They would not come to the feast! author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14   1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (August 21)

“Do you begrudge my generosity?” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 20:1-16 1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who went out early in […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (August 20)

Who can enter the kingdom of heaven? Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 19:23-30 23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, it […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (August 19)

“Give – and you will have treasure in heaven” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 19:16-22   16 And behold, one came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (August 17)

“Let the children come to me” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 19:13-15   13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (August 16)

“What God has joined together” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 19:3-12   3 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (August 15)

“He who is mighty has done great things for me” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Luke 1:39-56   (alternate readings: Luke 11:27-28, Matthew 18:21-19:1)     39 In those days Mary […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (August 14)

“If your brother sins against you” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 18:15-20   15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (August 13)

“Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14   1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (August 12)

“Not to give offense” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 17:22-27   22 As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of man is […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Saturday (August 10)

“If it dies, it bears much fruit” Author Don Schwager – Scripture: John 12:24-26   (alternate reading: Matthew 17:14-20) 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (August 9)

“Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it “ Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 16:24-28 24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (August 8)

“You are the Christ – the Son of the living God” Author Don Schwager – Gospel: Matthew 16:13-23   13 Now when Jesus came into the district […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (August 7)

“Great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire” Scripture: Matthew 15:21-28 21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (August 6)

“This is My Son, the Beloved – Listen to Him!” Author Don Schwager – Gospel Reading: Luke 9:28-36  (alternate reading – Matthew 14:22-36) 28 Now about eight days after these […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (August 5)

Jesus blessed the loaves and fishes Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 14:13-21   13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Friday (August 2)

“They took offense at Jesus” Scripture:  Matthew 13:54-58   54 and coming to his own country he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Thursday (August 1)

Trained for the kingdom of heaven Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 13:47-53 47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Wednesday (July 31)

“Joy in finding hidden treasure and pearl of great price” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 13:44-46 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (July 30)

“The righteous will shine like the sun in the Father’s kingdom” Author Don Schwager – Scripture:  Matthew 13:36-43   36 Then he left the crowds and went into […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Monday (July 29)

Martha said to Jesus, “I know he will rise again” Scripture: John 11:19-27  (alternate readings: Luke 10:38-42 or Matthew 13:31-35) 19 many of the Jews had come to Martha and […]

Daily Reading & Meditation: Tuesday (July 23)

Who are my brothers and sisters? Author Don Schwager – Scripture: Matthew 12:46-50   46 While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his […]