Daily Bread

February 28, 2018

Jer 18:18-20; Ps 31; Mt 20:17-28

You do not know what you are asking.
“Be careful what you ask for!” is the old adage. How often when we pray do we ask for what is not good for us, for what will not, in the long run, make us wiser or healthier or closer to God? And parents, isn’t that so true of what we wish for our children? How many well-meaning parents lead (or push!) their child toward music or sports or science without letting the child’s calling surface? The child we hope will be a doctor or a concert pianist might very well have a vocation as a teacher or a cook. The problem is we tend to focus on attaining what we have prayed for and thereby may fail to see the opportunity, the good, that comes our way. Perhaps the best prayer is, “Your will be done, O God.”
Open my eyes, O God, to your plan for me, to your face in everyone I meet, to your presence in this world.

Paige Byrne Shortal

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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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