Daily Gospel Reflection for January 18, 2014



Today’s Gospel: Mark 2:13-17

As a healer herself, Blessed Christina Ciccarelli would have looked upon the “sinners and tax collectors” in much the same way as Jesus looked upon them: as a doctor and a healer.

Rather than impose further injury onto those who were already aware they were wounded, Jesus instead sought to lift their burdens, allowing for healing. He desired for them to be made whole again so that they could live out the lives God had meant for them.

Jesus said that his yoke was easy and his burden light. He sought to lift burdens of guilt and bring the soothing balm of healing to everyone he encountered.

How can I do the same?


Am I like Jesus? Am I like his servant, Blessed Christina? Do I lift burdens by keeping judgments to myself and instead, offer healing through my compassion and love? Do I take the time to understand the one who is burdened and may not even be aware of it?

How do I feel when I have done something wrong and I am surrounded by judgment? Don’t I tend to hide away my wounds, allowing them to fester, eating away at me inside?


Jesus, there are many around me with heavy burdens. Give me patience and compassion for them today, and help me to accept the help of those who would do the same for me.

Copyright 2014 Susan Bailey


About Author

Susan Bailey is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times (Ave Maria Press), and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message (ACTA Publications), part of their Literary Portals to Prayer series. Along with her blogs Be as One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion, Susan writes for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press.


  1. Thanks, Susan, for introducing me to a new heavenly friend.
    One of the reflections from a few days back has me working on gossiping; your words encourage me to keep at it.

  2. Such soul searching questions in your reflection today Susan… Thank you. It takes time and effort to think about someone’s state of heart and mind… Instead of just reacting to external circumstances…. So good to step back and loo deeper…. Often into our own hearts as well….

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