Daily Gospel Reflection for September 24, 2019

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Reflection by Vijaya Bodach

Today’s Gospel: Luke 8:19-21

As converts to Catholicism, my family is hyper-aware of the fact that we became followers of Christ at the eleventh hour. And thank God He never gave up on us! We are no longer the same people. We dare to call ourselves Christians because no matter how poorly we imitate Christ, we are striving, and our desires and efforts are pleasing to God. We belong to Jesus not by our merits, but by His, and all the saints and angels. We are closer now to our family in Christ than we are to our blood relatives. It is such a joy to belong to the largest family on heaven and earth!

Our lives are demarcated by a sharp line, just as all of human history is divided into two epochs — BC and AD. Conversion necessarily means turning. We turned away from sin and found the hand of Jesus reaching out to us. Yes, He really does come in search for the lost and tends to them. And though we can only see through the glass darkly, our intellects are illuminated sufficiently to recognize the three transcendentals: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. The Word took root in our hearts. It is impossible not to act upon the Word once it becomes part of your very marrow.

Ponder:

Do you pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done” with your whole heart?

Pray:

My dear Jesus, let Your Word take deep root within my soul so that I may always contemplate You and act according to Your will. Amen.


Copyright 2019 Vijaya Bodach

Vijaya Bodach is a scientist-turned-children’s writer and an atheist-turned-Catholic. She is also wife, mother of two teenagers, pet-wrangler, teacher, speaker, Latin Mass lover, and chorister. She is the author of over 60 books for children. BOUND is her first novel. She writes about faith, family, books, and writing at vijayabodach.blogspot.com

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  1. I love the image of the sharp line demarcating our lives before and after finding Christ. I’m a cradle Catholic and while I’ve always loved God, I didn’t always obey HIm, so I had a line at Baptism but had to revert back to the faith shortly after my children were born. My prayer is that my children’s line (at their infant Baptism) generates a ray that goes forward from the origin with no possibility of going back. Sorry, the homeschooling mom in me insisted on integrating a little geometry during religion.

    • Thank you Janeen, and I loved how seamlessly you incorporated a geometry lesson into religion 🙂 I think there are many cradle Catholics whose faith deepens with the arrival of children. They are so precious, you know you want to do everything for them, including getting them to heaven.

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