Daily Bread

January 24, 2018

2 Sm 7:4-17; Ps 89; Mk 4:1-20

Saint Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor of the church

I will fix a place for my people Israel.
David is misguided initially on how the Lord desires him to build his house. When David talks to Nathan about building a temple for the ark of the Lord, that night the Lord enlightens Nathan on what it means to build the house of David. God doesn't desire a house or temple for himself. He wants David to build a lasting dynasty. The Lord seeks to secure a place for his people where they can flourish undisturbed for generations to come. The Lord does not want him to erect physical structures but to raise leaders. The sanctuary in which the Lord desires to dwell already exists. He seeks to reside within us, in the temple of our own bodies.
Welcome, Lord. Be my constant companion. I delight in your dwelling within me.

Patricia Russell

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About Daily Bread

Homiletic starters and scriptural reflection points for each day of the month

The Lectionary provides a kind of spiritual script for the universal church that keeps us, literally, all on the same page as we journey through the liturgical seasons. These short reflections, written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings, are intended to help daily preachers and others who pray from the assigned scriptures each day to orient themselves to the Living Word addressed to the church in the world.

About the authors

Jeanne Lischer lives near Kansas City, Missouri, where she is an ordained United Church of Christ minister.  She serves two churches in Missouri. She shares her home with daughter, Sally, two cats, and a dog. Originally from St. Louis, she has also lived in Ghana, West Africa.

Mary Joshi lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, and is our first Canadian Daily Bread baker. Raised Catholic and married to a Hindu with whom she has two daughters, Mary has been challenged to examine, clarify and articulate her faith, which has informed her primary work as the RCIA coordinator for her three-parish unit and reflection writer for the parish bulletin. Her education includes degrees in history, English and deaf education.

Miguel Dulick lives in a mountain village in Honduras, Central America. Originally from St. Louis, he holds degrees from St. Louis University and Weston School of Theology, Boston.

Paige Byrne Shortal, longtime contributor to Celebration, serves as coordinator for the Daily Bread writers. She is recently retired after forty years in pastoral ministry — twenty years at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church on the campus of Saint Louis University and twenty years at St. Francis Borgia in Washington, Missouri.

Patricia Russell graduated from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with degrees in English and secondary education. She teaches high school theology, English and creative writing in Washington, Missouri. 

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