Daily Gospel Reflection for January 26, 2015

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Today’s Gospel: Mark 3:22-30

Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops

In today’s gospel passage, we find the scribes, having come from Jerusalem, standing in judgment of Jesus. “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” they accuse. Surely, in their minds, only one who is himself a demon can drive out demons.

Jesus’s response is swift and stern. Speaking in parables, Jesus responds to their claims—how could one who is possessed by Satan ever have power over him? Jesus goes on to warn his followers that the sin of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit can never be forgiven.

Although I would never think of myself as one who blasphemes, all too often I profess beliefs with my words, but my actions betray the God who has given so much to me. I fall prey to that “unclean spirit” we’re warned about in Mark’s gospel. How easy it is to fall into such sin! The only remedy is found in God’s grace and the gift of God’s everlasting love.

Ponder:

How am I guilty of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit in word or deed? Am I ever guilty of making our Church into “a kingdom divided against itself”?

Pray:

Lord, help me to have the faith and strength of your servants, Saints Timothy and Titus. Embolden me to live the light of your love in word and action.

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 Lisa Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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