Daily Gospel Reflection for March 31, 2015

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Catholic Mom Daily Gospel Reflections Logo with gold outlineToday’s Gospel: John 13:21-33, 36-38

Tuesday of Holy Week

Today’s gospel passage from John brings tears to my eyes every time I read it. I try to imagine Christ, fully human and fully divine, dining for one last time with his closest friends. As I picture them in the Upper Room, huddled together and listening to their Master, I imagine Judas and Peter.

Two men, having given their lives to follow Christ, are about to turn their backs on him. And Jesus knows this. Surely his human heart must have grieved to see the love he had poured upon them be returned with betrayal and denial.

Seated in my mind at that table, listening to Jesus—my master—teach and pray, I want to believe that I would be the Beloved Disciple, the one who stood firm and loyal. But I know that all too often, I am Judas, I am Peter. I desire to be loyal, but I am weak and fearful.

Would I lay down my life for Jesus? Every day, in tiny ways, I am given the opportunity to prove my love. Too often, I falter and fail. Blessedly, Jesus came for each of us even in our human frailty. In God, there is endless mercy and grace.

Jesus has laid down his life for me.

Ponder:

As we begin our journey through Holy Week, how have you turned your back on the God who loves you? In what ways can you stand firmly in love with Jesus Christ?

Pray:

Jesus, savior, you laid down your life for me. I pray today and always for the conversion of my heart, for the strength to never deny your love, and for the grace to one day be with you fully and forever.

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.

1 Comment

  1. I didn’t have tears this morning when I meditated on this Gospel. After reading your reflection, though, I did. I guess because I realized how many times, in little ways, I do deny and turn my back on my Lord. Thanks for helping me become aware. Grace moment.

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