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Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus prescribes the essential disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Let’s focus on fasting and almsgiving.

The appetites for food and drink are so pressing, so elemental, that, unless they are quelled and disciplined, they will simply take over the soul. They are like children who clamor constantly for attention and who, if indulged, will in short order run the house.

Therefore, if the passion for God is to be awakened, the more immediately pressing desires must be muted, and this is the purpose of fasting. We go hungry and thirsty so that the deepest hunger and thirst might be felt. In a way, fasting is like the “calming of the monkey mind” effected by the Rosary: both are means of settling the superficial mind that darts from preoccupation to preoccupation.

But food and drink are not the only objects of concupiscent desire. Material things and wealth are also ready substitutes for the passion for God. Thus, a kind of fasting from what money can buy is an important practice. How often Jesus recommends that his disciples give to the poor, and how often throughout the Christian tradition has almsgiving been emphasized. 

 

Gospel Reflections

Meditate on Daily Gospel Reflections from Bishop Robert Barron

11th week of Ordinary Time

Wednesday

June 19

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Tuesday

June 18

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Monday

June 17

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Sunday

June 16

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10th week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

June 15

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Friday

June 14

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Thursday

June 13

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Wednesday

June 12

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Tuesday

June 11

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Monday

June 10

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Sunday

June 9

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9th week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

June 8

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Friday

June 7

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Most Sacred Heart

Thursday

June 6

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Wednesday

June 5

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Tuesday

June 4

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Monday

June 3

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Sunday

June 2

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8th week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

June 1

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Friday

May 31

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Visitation of the Virgin Mary

Thursday

May 30

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Wednesday

May 29

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Tuesday

May 28

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Monday

May 27

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Sunday

May 26

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Trinity Sunday

7th week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

May 25

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Friday

May 24

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Thursday

May 23

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Wednesday

May 22

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Tuesday

May 21

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Monday

May 20

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Sunday

May 19

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Pentecost

7th week of Easter

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May 18

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Friday

May 17

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Thursday

May 16

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Wednesday

May 15

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Tuesday

May 14

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Monday

May 13

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Sunday

May 12

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6th week of Easter

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May 11

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Friday

May 10

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Thursday

May 9

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Ascension

Wednesday

May 8

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Tuesday

May 7

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5th week of Easter

Saturday

May 4

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