Daily Gospel Reflection for August 26, 2017


Today’s Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12

We are cautioned in this Gospel to avoid pride. Jesus explains how pride causes us to make assumptions that we deserve something: attention, honor, praise and fame.

Only the humble realize that we deserve none of these things. It’s all about putting our priorities in line with God’s. We should not assume that we are owed anything by virtue of who we are or what we do. Instead, we must remember that we owe all to God: honor, glory and praise.


In what ways do I assume that I’m owed a place of honor? What things do I do just so they’ll be seen?


Lord, bless my efforts to reshape my priorities. Lead me to do good work for the right reasons: to help others and glorify You.

Copyright 2017 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS

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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at CatholicMom.com. Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

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