Daily Gospel Reflection for January 10, 2017

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Today’s Gospel: Mark 1:21-28

True confession of what kept me from embracing Jesus and his teachings in my own life was a fear of change. The demons in today’s Gospel fear being destroyed by Jesus – in a way, I harbored this same concern, although mine was more an undoing of my current way of life. I knew there were behaviors and habits that I not only exhibited, but rather, I must admit, enjoyed, which did not coincide with a burgeoning understanding of what it means to be a Christian. A large part of me was unwilling to let go of who I was, to be who God created me to be.

As a board member of the PTO, I never missed a meeting. As a professional gossip, I never missed the social gathering after the meeting. Some weeks I felt as though I was holding court as I shared stories and laughs at other people’s expense. Gossip and the judgment of others was my comedic outlet; I was convinced my life would be boring and lived in isolation without it. What do I possibly have to say that others would want to hear and still be funny? Yet, as I read more scripture, spent more time in prayer and participated more fully in the Sacraments I knew it was time to abandon this behavior.

At first my fears were realized. Many of my old companions were not interested in the new ‘holier’ Allison. Like my first boyfriend, this new love affair drove a wedge between many friendships. However, this time my friends were wrong – He was the best thing for me.

What the demons missed – and gratefully I did not – is that the destroying of what separates you from God opens the door to re-creation into a much better you.

Ponder:

What behavior or habit do you feel Jesus asking you to destroy, and have you obeyed or been reluctant out of the fear of change?

Pray:

Lord, reveal any behaviors and habits that you wish to destroy in me. Although I may struggle to let go of them, please do not cease to provide me every grace needed until I accomplish Your will.

 

Copyright 2017 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!

4 Comments

  1. Mozelle C Yawn on

    I also enjoyed a good gossip fest with my friends. The way I got away from enjoying it and feeling guilty was to think would I say this if that person was standing here with me. If I wouldn’t, then I knew for sure it was something that should not come out of my mouth.

    I still struggle with it but God is helping me to restrain myself, most of the time.

    • Mozelle that is FABULOUS advice – a great check of whether or not what I am going to say should be said! God’s grace and a very busy Guardian Angel work hard to keep my tongue in check. I also learned the hard way after hurting someone I cared about and losing friendships – that I prefer to be known as a loyal and trusted friend than a know-it-all one! People only wanted my information, they didn’t really care about me. Painful lesson #2. Thank you so much for sharing, it is good to know I am not alone – let’s pray for each other as we allow God to work this virtue in us!

  2. OK Allison, today’s ponder question combined with the reflection in the Prayer Companion was a timely “one two punch” for me spiritually. I thank you for your honesty here, because it led me to be intensely honest with myself and with God in my morning prayer. Your closing prayer here will be on my lips today, and I’ll pray it for both of us. Hugs. L.

    • Yes, I recognized the ‘godcidentally’ connection with the Prayer Companion as well. How remarkable that we both felt compelled to speak of habits today! Holy Spirit rocks. Thank you for the prayers, they mean the world… I shall return the prayer favor!!

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