Daily Gospel Reflection for December 5, 2015


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Today’s Gospel: Matthew 9:35–10:1, 5A, 6-8

Have you ever looked at a group of people and felt your heart moved? Perhaps this is a shadow of what Jesus felt when he looked out at the crowds in today’s Gospel.

You have a choice when your heart’s moved like that: you can have a moment and move on, or you can take action. Jesus advocates action. He sends out the Twelve and gives them the authority over unclean spirits and to cure every disease and illness.

And then we read this, “Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”

My heart is moved by that because I have received so very much without cost. I’ve experienced the love and seen the action of others on my behalf—for no reason except…well, I don’t really know. I can only conclude that these people must somehow know Jesus, must have been responding to that call.

Would that I have the courage to respond to that call, too.


Sometimes, in the daily grind, it’s easy to think that what I do isn’t important and that it doesn’t matter. Today, how can you carve some moments to spend with God in a special way? How can you open your heart to his call to you?


Lord, my heart is often moved, but it’s hard to take action. I have so much else to do! Grant me the grace to know when you would have me act and what you would have me do. Amen.

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 Sarah Reinhard


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When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Triple Take, from Our Sunday Visitor.

1 Comment

  1. I wonder if you could have known when you wrote this over a year ago how timely it would be for all of us. Thank you for the countless ways in which you lead me closer to Jesus each day and serve so many around you. And thank you for a beautiful time of morning prayer today. Lifting you up in all of the busyness and stress and tiredness and asking God to richly bless you this day and always.

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