Daily Gospel Reflection for September 25, 2015


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Today’s Gospel: Luke 9:18-22

In today’s gospel passage from Luke, we read that Jesus is quietly praying in the company of his disciples. He pauses his prayer to ask them a question: “Who do the crowds say that I am?”

While the disciples come forward with a variety of possibilities, it is Peter who replies to Jesus’s direct question, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter’s answer – what is known as his “confession” – shows his belief when he calls Christ “the Messiah of God.” Jesus follows up with a stern warning that the disciples must keep this truth to themselves. When the truth comes out, he warns them, there will be great suffering followed by the most amazing of miracles. But now is not the time to share that information.

I often ask myself how I would have responded had I been among the disciples who were asked, “Who do you say that I am?” Would I have been a strong believer, or would I have harbored doubts that plagued me and kept me from fully committing to the truth of what Jesus taught? Even today, I can ask myself this question.

Who do I say that he is? What do I believe? How do my actions speak the truth about my own “confession”?


Who do you say that Christ is? How do your actions reflect or disavow the words you profess?


Jesus, Messiah, I believe that you came to lead, to love, and to save. Help me to truly confess the love I have for you and your teachings, in word but especially in the actions I undertake.

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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