Daily Gospel Reflection for June 26, 2015



Gospel Reflections 800x800 gold outlineToday’s Gospel: Matthew 8:1-4

Today’s gospel passage follows on the heels of the previous chapters’ amazing teachings – the Sermon on the Mount. Coming so closely after the sermon, Jesus descent down the mountain, followed by great crowds, is a transition in Matthew’s gospel.

Confronted by a leper, Jesus chooses to heal the man, but warns him to tell no one but instead to show himself to the priest as proof.

I’ve often prayed over the words of the leper, who said so plainly to Jesus, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” In my sinful state, so broken and fragile, why am I so very afraid to go directly to my Lord and to ask to be made clean? Do I lack the trust and faith of the leper?

Jesus has the power to cleanse me – body and soul – of the infirmities that keep me from being the holy, pure being God created. I simply need to come to him, confidently and with hope, and ask to be healed.

In him, I am made clean.


Do you struggle with the need to be made clean? What obstacles prevent you from seeking healing in Christ?


Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean. Cleanse me, body and soul, so that I may more fully live out your will for my life.

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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