Daily Gospel Reflection for December 4, 2017


Today’s Gospel: Matthew 8:5-11


We like them. A lot. Even in our faith lives. As Catholics, we are blessed with sacraments, outward signs of God’s grace, things we can see and feel, like sacred chrism and holy water. The amazing gift of the Eucharist. The ringing of bells during Mass to remind us that something very, very important is going on. Signs feed us and sustain us. They strengthen our spiritual armor.

Consider the humility of the centurion. Jesus was ready and willing to come to his home to cure the servant. And yet, the centurion said that was not necessary; he believed all that was needed was the Lord’s word. Small wonder then, that Jesus was so amazed by this faith. May we learn from this example and appreciate the tangible signs that fortify our faith…and trust that the Lord is always, always listening to our prayers and blessing us, even when we feel alone and abandoned.


What worry or concern can you put aside and, as the centurion did, believe?


Jesus, I trust in Your healing and love.

Copyright 2017 Melanie Rigney

Melanie Rigney can’t stop talking — or writing — about the women saints and how they bless us today. She is the author of Blessed Are You: Finding Inspiration from Our Sisters in Faith, and Sisterhood of Saints: Daily Guidance and Inspiration. She is also a regular contributor to Living Faith. Learn more about her at www.melanierigney.com.

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1 Comment

  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful reflection today, Melanie. Although I don’t feel alone and abandoned, I did feel stressed and harried because of the line up of today’s commitments. This was a nice reminder to reflect back on my busy day and see all the places where He was right beside me. I also want to thank you for your poignant reflections in Living Faith. I have been an avid reader for years and feel blessed every time I read one of your reflections there.

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