Daily Gospel Reflection for October 16, 2017


Today’s Gospel: Luke 11:29-32

Kids always ask “why.” We moms know to adapt our answer based on each child’s age and learning style. Accordingly, we make particular word choices, vary the length of the explanation, and maybe add a story or two to illustrate our point. When we get the combination correct, it’s like unlocking a vault: our lesson or request goes straight to our child’s heart.

However, that process can be exhausting; and everyone has her limit. After a sleepless night, or a too-full calendar, our well of patience can run dry. On those days, when we hear the inevitable “why,” we refuse the request to explain. “Because I said so, ” comes tumbling out of our mouth instead.

I think Jesus hit His limit in this scripture passage. Trying to teach people about His Father, He has adapted His approach to meet the different learning styles of His listeners: He’s told innumerable parables, healed many, commissioned His disciples to heal, calmed a storm, multiplied fishes and loaves, and taught the people the words to pray to God. Despite all that, they still demand a sign to confirm that they should follow Him. He refuses their request. In so many words, He too says, “Because I said so.”

There comes a point when our kids need to accept what we say or request just because we are their mother. They need to trust that we are wiser, see the big picture, and have their best interest at heart.

So too, there comes a point when we need to trust God, no signs or explanations required. Without a doubt, He is wiser, created the big picture, and always has our best interest at heart.


Do I ever get to the point where I want my kids to trust what I say simply because I say so? If so, does that help me understand that I need to have faith, simply because God says so?


Ever-patient God, bless me with the trust I need to step forward in faith, even when I don’t quite understand.

Copyright 2017 Claire McGarry

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Claire McGarry is the author of the Lenten devotional "With Our Savior," published by Creative Communications for the Family/Bayard, Inc. and All is Blessing: Finding God in the Tensions of Life, to be published by Our Sunday Visitor in the fall of 2021. Her freelance work has appeared in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Focus on the Family magazine, Catechist magazine, These Days devotional, and Keys for Kids devotional. The founder of MOSAIC of Faith, a ministry with several different programs for mothers and children, she blogs at Shifting My Perspective.


  1. I used to always painstakingly try to explain to my children “why” until my husband pointed out what a disservice I was actually doing them. In teaching them to simply trust that our decisions are best for them, we help them to accept and trust God’s will, too. Your point exactly.

  2. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Kelly! Most of all, thanks for affirming my take on things. Although I do want to be an approachable mom who explains things to my kids, there is a time and a place for that, and for “because I said so.” I feel God does the same with me: there are times I understand what He’s up to, and other times I just have to trust. 🙂

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