Daily Gospel Reflection for December 6, 2017

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Today’s Gospel: Matthew 15:29-37

Today’s Gospel reminds us that God cannot be outdone in generosity. How often am I interiorly blinded by my sins? I cannot hear God’s voice, because I am too distracted by the din of the world. My own voice is often stifled by fear or frustration at how I might be judged or ridiculed by others. Yet Jesus waits for me to approach Him.

This requires humility. Jesus waited on the mountaintop, while the blind, crippled, lame, and mute were brought to Him for healing. And, indeed, He healed them all out of the wellspring of His mercy. But we ponder how, though we may not be physically disabled, we are all limited by the consequences of our sins. And this is what holds us back from mission.

After the mass healing occurs, we read about the multiplication of loaves and fish, that famous and beloved Gospel story we’ve heard since childhood. As Jesus’ first miracle, we often hear about the onset of His public ministry. But it’s also the onset of our mission. Before the paucity of our offering can be exponentially and miraculously spread, we must first be healed. This is the gift of the miracle: that we constantly seek Him in humility in order that our healing may lead to our mission.

Ponder:

What habits might be holding me back from the fulfillment of God’s plan for my life? Take a moment to ask the Lord to heal you, and actively seek restoration through Confession.

Pray:

Jesus, thank you for reminding me that the purpose you have planned for my life might be thwarted by some unconfessed sin or habitual vice. Heal me today, that I may go forth to heal others.


Copyright 2017 Jeannie Ewing

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Jeannie Ewing is a writer, speaker, and grief recovery coach. She is the co-author of From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph and Navigating Deep Waters: Meditations for Caregivers. Jeannie was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition and a dozen other podcasts and radio shows. She offers her insight from a counselor’s perspective into a variety of topics, including grief and parenting children with special needs. For more information on her professional services, visit her websites lovealonecreates.com or fromgrief2grace.com.

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