Daily Gospel Reflection for June 19, 2019

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Today’s Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18L

I know this Gospel in my heart, but the reality of living it day in and day out can be difficult. I get distracted. Sometimes I am so busy loving, serving and praying that I lose sight of why I am doing those things. Am I loving and serving because I am called to as a person of faith? Are my eyes and heart truly lifted up to Jesus in prayer? Or am I just going through the motions or even doing it to please others? Is my purpose truly to serve and love God or did I get distracted in all my busyness?

The truth for me may lie somewhere in between doing for God and doing it for myself and others. I start with the best of intentions, to love and serve as Jesus calls me to do as a Christian. But slowly, my eyes wander and so much of my prayer and service becomes another item on my to-do list. I keep plodding along because it is what I must do without truly remembering the why I am doing it in the first place.

Then I read this Gospel. And I humbly remember that it is all about Jesus. Yes, I am to love and serve others, but not out of obligation to please or to cross something off my to-do list, but because I love Him and He is calling me to it.

Ponder:

Am I focused on God in my love and service or am I distracted from my true purpose?

Pray:

Lord, please help me keep my heart focused on You while I pray, love and serve as You have called me.


Copyright 2019 Lisa Henley Jones

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Lisa Henley Jones is a former stay-at-home mom who discovered a new career as an online marketer/social media manager. She blogs at Of Sound Mind and Spirit with her sister, Shelly Kelly, about faith and family life. During the hot summers in Houston, Lisa can be found by the pool eating popsicles with her husband and three school-aged children.

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