Daily Gospel Reflection for January 20, 2014

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Today’s Gospel: Mark 2:18-22

I don’t like change. I feel much more comfortable in the old way of doing things. One day I pray for conversion. The next day I get nervous and change my mind.

However, after reading this gospel passage, I have to wonder. How many times, in refusing to going along with the new ways of doing things, in trying to pour old wine into new wineskin, have I missed the joy and wonder of new life?

How many times have I been so caught up in my own agenda that I’ve missed seeing Jesus right in front of me?

Still, I need not fear. Jesus is always with me, loving me, offering me new life. New wine.

No matter what is going on in my life, in the world, in the Church, the good news is, Jesus never changes.

Ponder:

How do you deal with change? Personal change? Changes in the liturgy?

Pray:

Dear Lord, help me to trust you and be more open to change. Amen.

Copyright 2014 Colleen Spiro

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Colleen Spiro is a Catholic mother, grandmother and a deacon’s wife. A certified spiritual director, Colleen loves to share her faith and encourage others through her retreats and writings. You can read her reflections at her website, Catholic Prayer Life and read or listen to her podcast at Finding God in the Everyday.

4 Comments

  1. Colleen I love your reflection. It’s interesting though, I think I may be the opposite of you. I love change, new adventures, new experiences. With respect to this gospel when I read it, I’m challenged to think about WHY I do the faith practices I do, not out of empty tradition, but to try to truly, radically love God. Old traditions or new, I need to better focus on the motivation behind my practice of my faith and embrace our Lord with a newfound love every day. Thanks!

  2. Your reflection pointed out a paradox so typical of our faith (which is what makes it so exciting to learn about) – we are expected to change while Jesus never changes. Just that thought alone is enough to keep me thinking all day long. Thanks for that!

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