Daily Gospel Reflection for August 25, 2015



Gospel Reflections 800x800 gold outlineToday’s Gospel: Matthew 23:23-26

Optional Memorial of Saint Louis

Optional Memorial of Saint Joseph Calasanz, Priest

Jesus doesn’t mince any words when he issues the fourth and fifth “woes” (in a series of seven) aimed at redirecting the behavior of the scribes and Pharisees. He calls the teachers and leaders of his day hypocrites for clinging so tightly to the letter of the law that they have fallen into a total disregard for its spirit.

I know I, too, am sometimes guilty of the sins Jesus calls them out on – conveniently giving to charity and yet neglecting the opportunity to lovingly serve one in need who is immediately in front of me. Or remaining “pure” and spotlessly sinful on the exterior, while the interior state of my soul is filthy.

In pondering today’s gospel passage, I am reminded not to look for the sin in those around me but rather to turn my gaze inward, in search of my own hypocrisy.

Woe to me if I don’t!


Do you struggle with often noting the sins of others while neglecting to see your own? When was your last good confession?


Jesus, you taught us to live perfectly in and through you. Help me today to see, to repent of, and to seek conversion from the sins that separate me from you. I desire to live fully in you and for you.

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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