Daily Gospel Reflection for January 24, 2015



Today’s Gospel: Mark 3:20-21

Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Do you have that “crazy Uncle Joe” who wears a scapular, large cross, and various medals around his neck, has a St. Benedict cross pinned under his pillow, and squirts holy water in the sign of the cross on the doors at night? Your relatives all think he is out of his mind, don’t they? Next time you hear your family talking about him, take up for him. Hey, maybe you are the crazy Uncle Joe of your family. Perhaps members of your family think you are nuts for making sacrifices to send your children to Catholic school or because you home school, or because you go to daily Mass and say the family rosary. It’s ok. Stay faithful to your devotionals and your pious practices. May they bring you closer to God. And when others think you are crazy, know that you are in good company—they thought the same about Jesus.


To what pious practice am I devoted? How does it bring me closer to God?


Dearest Jesus, people, even those closest to you, misunderstood you and your mission. Help me to always see you in others around me, especially those closest to me. For it is my mission to love them as I do you. And when I am misunderstood or ridiculed, let me rejoice and be glad to be like you. Amen.

We thank our friends at The Word Among Us for providing our gospel reflection team with copies of Abide In My Word 2015: Mass Readings at Your Fingertips. To pray the daily gospels with this wonderful resource, visit The Word Among Us.

Copyright 2015 Kelly Guest


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God has given Kelly lots of wonderful opportunities to follow Him. She was a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia in Nashville, an education coordinator for a Catholic Charities' program for pregnant teens, a middle school teacher, a director of religious education and is now a youth minister. Her most challenging and rewarding calling, though, is wife and mother of ten children. What she has learned, she blogs at CatholicMom.com.


  1. My “Uncle Joe” is a retired priest so his practices and devotions aren’t even questioned.
    My own particular practices (some I learned at my mother’s knee and are now considered passé) bring me comfort and do indeed bring me closer to God.

    Crazy Mary

  2. We need more “Crazy Uncle Joe” in this world. If we had more like him maybe the world wouldn’t be so “crazy.”

  3. Today we can walk into a C
    We have forgotten the great role sacramental play in our road to holiness. Such wonderful gifts from the treasury of Holy Mother Church. Sadly the Church no loner teaches our church about these great gifts. Today we can walk into a Catholic and not know they are Catholic. You know when you walk into our house the first thing you see is a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Throughout our home there are pictures of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, crucifixes over each bed and Holy water fonts in each bedroom. These sacramental raise our minds and hearts to our true triune God in prayer. Thanks you Holy Mother Church for these great gifts. Thank you for helping those to remember.

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