Daily Gospel Reflections

Friday, September 10, 2021

Friday | September 10, 2021

Luke 6:39-42:

Jesus tells his disciples that they must strive to be like him especially in their relationship with others. If they are to stand in judgment and even correct their brother’s wrong doing, they must first examine themselves. He uses the image of the splinter and the beam to make his point.

You know how often I am tempted to stand in judgement of others. I am grateful that in those moments between thinking and speaking or acting, you remind me of me.

SOURCE: Living Water Catholic: September 10, 2021

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Thursday | September 9, 2021

Luke 6:27-38:

This radical love that Jesus speaks of must be the mark of those who follow him. Love, do good, bless, pray for and give to your enemies, those who would most certainly not do the same for you. Do not judge or condemn. Be compassionate and forgive.

How often I hear your “still small voice” urging me to do good, pray for and give to those who have hurt me. It is only by your grace that I am able to listen and act.

SOURCE: Living Water Catholic: September 9, 2021

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Wednesday | September 8, 2021

Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23:

Matthew’s Gospel is unique in that it begins with the genealogy of Jesus followed by the infancy narrative. We celebrate Mary’s birth, one of only three “birthdays” celebrated in the liturgical year placing Mary rightly in the company of John the Baptist and her son, Jesus. There are unusual and very human characters in the line of David paving the way for Jesus’ humble, human birth.

Dearest Mother, from your very beginning you were a part of God’s great plan. I pray to be as trusting as you. Pray for me.

SOURCE: Living Water Catholic: September 8, 2021

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Tuesday | September 7, 2021

Luke 6:12-19:

Jesus spends the night in prayer. In the morning, he calls the disciples together and chooses twelve. They are now called apostles which means “one sent out on a mission.” They are to join Jesus on his mission which will one day be their own.

There is so much brokenness in the world. How is it even possible to bring about healing and wholeness? It seems hopeless but then I remember that with you all things are possible.

SOURCE: Living Water Catholic: September 7, 2021

Monday, September 6, 2021

Monday | September 6, 2021

Luke 6:6-11:

Jesus has told the Pharisees he is the “Lord of the Sabbath”. He goes a step further by acting on those words healing the man’s withered hand. Though Jesus knows he has provoked them he goes on to challenge them by saying that if God gives the Sabbath to his people, shouldn’t they choose to do good no matter what that entails.

Let us pray this day for the conversion for all who have let evil enter their hearts and guide their actions.

SOURCE: Living Water Catholic: September 6, 2021

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Sunday | September 5, 2021

Mark 7:31-37:

This man must have led such a lonely and perhaps even hopeless existence. He is unable to communicate in a “normal” way and is likely ostracized because of his impediments. Thankfully he has family and/or friends who know about Jesus and bring the man to him for help and healing. Jesus takes him away from the crowd and heals him, body and soul.

You are the Messiah promised by Isaiah in the first reading today. You healed but you also suffered on behalf of your people. Thank you.

SOURCE: Living Water Catholic: September 5, 2021

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Saturday | September 4, 2021

Luke 6:1-5:

The Pharisees interpret the law in a way that distorts the will of God. Harvesting the grain on the Sabbath is considered work which is unlawful. The disciples aren’t working, they are hungry and grabbing what is readily available to eat on their journey. Jesus uses an incident from Scripture to defend the disciples and reminds the Pharisees who he is.

Your way is the only way because it is the truth and leads those who follow to eternal life.

SOURCE: Living Water Catholic: September 4, 2021

Friday, September 3, 2021

Friday | September 3, 2021

Luke 5:33-39:

The Pharisees call attention to the difference between their piety and practices and those of John the Baptist, Jesus and his disciples. Jesus responds very logically and practically. New ways cannot be bound by the old. Clinging to the past for the sake of it leads to stagnancy and decay. Jesus brings the way of life that must be listened to anew.

I am often reluctant to try new things and think in new ways. I have been guilty of rejecting people because they bring new ideas. I pray to be more flexible, open and willing to explore and accept the new.

SOURCE: Living Water Catholic: September 3, 2021

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Thursday | September 2, 2021

Luke 5:1-11:

Fishermen know that if they don’t catch anything at night, it is still the best time to fish. But there was nothing caught. Even still, they get back into Simon’s boat and following Jesus’ directions catch a miraculous number of fish. Jesus uses this to illustrate what is ahead for the disciples in their new role, especially Peter.

I know that I am not worthy of being called by you to serve you and my sisters and brothers. It is your belief in me that brings me to my knees and then carries me forward.

SOURCE: Living Water Catholic: September 2, 2021

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Wednesday | September 1, 2021

Luke 4:38-44:

Jesus rebukes Simon’s mother-in-law’s fever in the same way he casts out the demons and then cures the sick at the end of the day. Jesus has power over all things evil. The next day he goes off by himself and then on to other places.

You are everywhere at all times and I have only to call your name and know that you hear me.

SOURCE: Living Water Catholic: September 1, 2021

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