Daily Gospel Reflection for July 15, 2014



Today’s Gospel: Matthew 11:20-24

Today’s Gospel brings to mind several questions. First, I wonder would I have been among those who did not repent even though Jesus’ mighty deeds were done in my town or would I have been one that ran to him repenting my sins and making a commitment to follow the path that Christ laid before me? I would like to think I would have repented and followed Christ, however, let’s me be realistic.

There are times my own pride and desire to be seen in a certain light (right) keeps me in a place of sin and prevents me from following Christ. As I sit here pondering this a particular situation comes to mind. I hold on to this situation, I allow it to anger me and I exhibit behavior that is NOT Christ-like.


As we reflect upon today’s Gospel, join me in acknowledging our shortcomings and coming to terms why we sometimes respond to individuals and situations that it takes us further from Christ. When I think about it in these terms, I can only ask myself why I would allow a person or a situation to take me away from Christ.


Dear Lord, please help me to call upon you when I might otherwise respond to a person or a situation in a way that takes me further away from you. I long to be close to you in all situations. I know through you I can respond to every person and every situation with patience, love and understanding. Jesus, help others to see you present in me through what I say, how I treat others and what I do. Amen.

Copyright 2014 Lorrie Lane Dyer


About Author

Lorrie Lane Dyer is a religious education and parish coordinator at her local Catholic Church. She is also a facilitator for the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation with the University of Dayton. She is studying Theology at St. Mary of the Woods College with the intention of earning a PhD in Theology. She has written poetry and short stories for over thirty years. Her faith provides her with inspiration for many of her poetry collections, columns and short stories. Lorrie was the creator, editor and writer for The Catholic World, St. Francis of Assisi, has been published in numerous anthologies.


  1. Lorrie – great reflection on a challenging topic! I found that this line from the last few verses of Isaiah 7 (today’s first reading) combined with the gospel to truly move my heart:

    Unless your faith is firm
    you shall not be firm!

    Praying with you today for firmness of faith and conviction to act in a Christlike manner.

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