Daily Gospel Reflection for September 26, 2015



Gospel Reflections 800x800 gold outlineToday’s Gospel: Luke 9:43B-45

Optional Memorial of Saints Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

Optional Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s gospel passage is brief yet profound. The disciples had just witnessed an amazing miracle as Jesus healed a young boy possessed by a demon. Luke tells us that they were astonished, marveling at Jesus’s every deed. They saw his actions and recognized the power of God in them.

As they stood marveling, Jesus taught them about what would happen to them, beginning to give them a foreshadowing of his passion and death. But Luke tells us that even though they did not fully understand what Jesus was telling them, they knew enough to be fearful.

Truly following Christ in those days was a frightening prospect. And while we face nothing of the persecution those early Christians knew in their time, a devout follower in today’s world might also have reason for fear. We are set apart. Our lives look different from many other members of society. We are called to choices and decisions that can leave us subject to scorn and derision.

In today’s gospel passage, we read that Jesus said, “Pay attention to what I am telling you.” In our own fear and challenges, we too should “pay attention.” God gives us all that we need to be bold and brave in our discipleship.


Are you ever afraid to speak up as a follower of Christ? How might you strengthen yourself to witness to the truth despite your fear?


Jesus, I am amazed by the power of your love, yet I too often waiver in my own courage to testify to the truth. Embolden me today that I may attend to what you taught and share your love courageously and with conviction.

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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