Daily Gospel Reflection for January 25, 2017 - Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle

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Today’s Gospel: Mark 16:15-18

I am learning as I pray my way through Mark’s gospel that he seems to be a man of very few words. Today’s passage is only 344 characters (yes, the size of two and a half concise tweets… I checked!) and falls with a single chapter of this gospel where we read of Jesus’ resurrection, his appearance to his believers, his commissioning (detailed today) of the eleven, and his ascension to heaven. The writer in me wants to beg Mark for more details. The seeker in me wants to know how those eleven, so recently betrayed by one of their own, must have felt to again be close to their teacher and friend.

It is indeed fitting today to read this passage on the Feast of St. Paul’s conversion. While he who had previously been called “Saul” was clearly not among the eleven, he shared the same “sending” you and I have received by merit of our Baptism. Jesus sent them just as he sends us, with the words, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.”

For many of us, answering the call to “proclaim” may send us no further today than to the market, the office or the driver’s seat of our minivan. And yet we each share a “mission territory”, a place to which we are sent to go out and to proclaim. Let’s pray today for the grace to answer the call, the faith and trust to persevere, and the joy to do all of this with loving hearts.

Ponder:

How is Jesus calling me today to “go out and proclaim the Gospel” within the context of my life?

Pray:

Lord, you call each of us to proclaim your teachings with our words and with our lives. Live within my heart today, so that I will be overjoyed to share you with each person I encounter.

Copyright 2017 Lisa M. 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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