Daily Gospel Reflection for December 7, 2017 - St. Ambrose


Today’s Gospel: Matthew 7:21, 24-27 – St. Ambrose

I coached my daughter’s Destination Imagination (DI) team this year. DI is a problem solving program that incorporates engineering, drama, and team work. At each practice, I would have the kids solve a timed Instant Challenge (IC): some problem that needed to be solved in eight minutes or less. The majority of the ICs required building.

It was fascinating to watch the kids in action. I wasn’t allowed to help them solve the problem; I could only give feedback after the fact. Countless times, my feedback included the lesson that a large and sturdy foundation supports better than a small and weak one.

It wasn’t until mid-way through the year that the kids truly ingested and implemented my advice. Suddenly their towers were taller; their bridges were stronger; and they were able to build everything faster. It was wonderful to see them finally grow into their potential.

Jesus is our DI coach. He is constantly reminding us that whenever we build anything, we need to use faith as our foundation. If we do, whatever we’re building will always be stronger, and the challenges we face along the way will be easier to solve. Be it a career, a family, or a ministry, when we put God at the root of our purpose, each and every one of our endeavors will grow to its full potential.


What endeavor am I’m involved in now? Have I put God at the root of it?


Dear God, Remind me to always use faith as my cornerstone, building upon it, and You.

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. Her freelance work has appeared in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Focus on the Family magazine, These Days devotional, and the 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.

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