Daily Gospel Reflection for January 17, 2017


Today’s Gospel: Mark 2:23-28 – Memorial of St. Anthony

Give it a rest already! I wonder if that’s what Jesus wanted to say to the Pharisees (pun intended, because I’m sure Jesus was witty) when they accused his disciples of violating the laws of the Sabbath. These men had set up so many laws (39 categories of forbidden activities to be exact) that the spirit of the Sabbath was being over-powered by the rules and restrictions. It is so easy to shake our heads at the Pharisees. In fact, the title itself, “Pharisee”, always conjures up feelings of disdain within me. Is it the same for you? But these human beings, while flawed, were still trying to follow God. They were just allowing their self-interests to get in the way.

Today we can easily fall into the same trap. Just like the Pharisees couldn’t embrace the fact that the Sabbath came to provide rest not restrictions, we too have a difficult time remembering that Jesus came to give us rest from laboring to achieve our own salvation. We get caught up in the details so much that we forget the big picture: Jesus! Yes, there’s more and it’s very important, but the foundation, the core must be Christ.


Can you think of one area of your spirituality where you get so wrapped up in the small things that you forget about Jesus?


Father, when I start to get caught up and overwhelmed by the details, help me to come back to Jesus for my source of peace, strength and hope.


Copyright 2017 Abby Brundage

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Abby Brundage Watts is a mother of two little boys. Since January of 2008 she has hosted The Big, Big House Morning Show on Spirit FM 90.5, the radio ministry of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg in Florida. The show mixes inspiration, humor and family fun (and great music of course)! You can hear Abby every weekday 6-10am, EST and online at www.myspiritfm.com.


  1. Abby, those tiny details trip me up sometimes! Today, I’m prepping for my amazing trip to India tomorrow and instead of praising God for the opportunity I found myself stressed by the preparations. Of course the big things (like following God’s commandments!) are always important, but I can let a lot of the little concerns that trip me up go… praying today for the grace to find rest in Jesus! Thank you for leading us in prayer!!

  2. It’s about balance, right? Paying attention to the details but not allowing them to distract us! Safe travels to you!

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