Daily Gospel Reflection for November 13, 2015

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Catholic Mom Daily Gospel Reflections Logo with gold outlineToday’s Gospel: Luke 17:26-37

Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

In the summer of 2006, I was presented the opportunity of a lifetime. My dream of being a college professor was on the cusp of coming true. After completing my Master’s degree in Technology in Education, my alma mater was extending an invitation to train as an adjunct. I could not believe this was actually happening! I quickly responded yes and signed up for the upcoming weekend training program. During that training, it was made clear, without being explicitly stated, if you were called to teach and turned them down, the odds of being called again would be reduced significantly. I was not worried about that because I could not imagine any reason on this earth that would keep me from accepting this dream assignment.

Fast forward a few months. With still no word from the school and believing it would probably be the fall before I heard anything, I went ahead and planned my first women’s bible study group at my church. Mountains truly moved for me to be allowed to bring this program to our parish, and I was incredibly excited to bring my newly acquired love of scripture to others. I set the date, made the flyers, put in the bulletin announcement, and began preparations. Then came the call to teach. My elation quickly turned to dismay as I realized the dates of the study and the course would conflict. Remembering what had been shared during the training, I spent two days agonizing over what to do. Finally unable to decide, I went to my knees and asked for God to guide me to His Will.

The bible study launched with over 20 women just a few weeks later, and I was indeed never called to teach again. What seemed, at the time, as a death of dream was actually the beginning of an even better dream that I had yet to dream for myself.

Ponder:

“Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.” How many dreams for our life have we fought to preserve, never realizing the blessing God for us had we been willing to surrender to His plan for our life. What are your dreams? Have you asked God lately if these are the same ones He has for you? When was the last time you sought for God to reveal His Will for you?

Pray:

Thy Will be done. So easy to pray but not so easy to always mean or accept. Lord God, today I pray for the courage, strength, and grace to seek your will in all things. I know through the Psalms that you delight in giving me the desires of my heart, and I know through experience that I don’t always clearly know what those desires are. Let me never miss on the life you have for me by trying to preserve the life I want for me.

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 Allison Gingras

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Allison Gingras, founder www.ReconciledToYou.com (RTY); and host of A Seeking Heart on Breadbox Media weekdays 10 am ET. Allison created the "Words with" daily devotional App Series: Words with Jesus and Words with Mary. Allison offers retreats and talks on: Forgiveness; Works of Mercy; Trust and JOY!

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    • Allison Gingras on

      Thanks Susan – there are days I still wonder if I made the right choice, however, that if I have erred it was for the Glory of God. I think I can live with that 😉

  1. Allison, I’m crying happy tears of joy with you this morning as I read what you’ve written here today, knowing that you penned it many months ago. So lovely – thank you for sharing your gifts in a way that so beautifully draws us closer to God.

    I also wanted to share here part of Pope Francis’s homily for today on this scripture, because it touched me so deeply during my prayer time:

    Pope Francis went on to urge his listeners to direct their gaze always beyond towards the one God who is beyond “the end of created things” so as not to repeat the fatal error of looking back, as Lot’s wife did. We must be certain, he stressed, that if life is beautiful then its end will be just as beautiful as well.

    “We believers are not people who look back, who yield, but people who always go forward.” We must always go forward in this life, looking at the beautiful things and with the habits that we all have but without deifying them. They will end. Be they these small beauties, which reflect a bigger beauty, our own habits for surviving in the eternal song, contemplating the glory of God.”

    Find the full homily at http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/11/13/pope_the_greatest_glory_is_god,_everything_else_fades_away/1186507 and have a great day!

    • Lisa, thank you for sharing Pope Francis’ words – oddly I did not get to them until today and REALIZE as I read how PERFECTLY they match today’s reading in our 33 Day Marian Consecration Retreat!! wow!!

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