Daily Gospel Reflection for October 1, 2019

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Today’s Gospel: Luke 9:51-56 – Memorial of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus

Let’s contemplate a scenario for a moment:

You plan a trip and decide to stop in to visit distant relatives along the way. Reacquainting yourself in the driveway, you find yourself attempting to share your faith with these family members. They prove to be obstinate, refusing to hear your “Good News”. They proceed not only to reject your sharing, but also to belittle you, calling your Church a variety of unholy names. They rescind their invitation and send you packing.

Let’s consider two missionary approaches you could take. Choose your most likely response to this scenario. Which would you say?

1. “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?”
2. “Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.”

Response number one, uttered by James and John as Jesus and His fellow travelers were refused admittance to a Samaritan village, probably feels like the one many of us might internally feel when rejected for our faith.

Response number two, a quote from St. Thérèse of Lisieux — the patron saint of missionaries, whose feast we celebrate today — may feel too sticky sweet. Meet obstinance with kindness? Right. Easier said than done!

In our world, living as a person of faith can feel challenging. But just as Jesus rebuked His followers for their emotional response to rejection, you and I must steel ourselves against the bruises we may encounter when living as a missionary disciple is so difficult.

Today, I will work on quietly making small sacrifices and doing tiny rights with great love. These acts may go unnoticed. And this attitude of littleness does not absolve me from needing to overtly share the gospel. Reflecting on today’s gospel reminds me to have the bold courage of the “Sons of Thunder” and the quiet, compassionate zeal of the “Little Flower”.

Ponder:

How do you feel when your efforts to be a missionary are met with rejection? What can you learn from today’s gospel passage about staying the course with love and conviction?

Pray:

St. Thérèse, you gave your life to the Church and have brought Christ’s love to so many. Intercede for me today that I might live my life inspired your passion for Jesus and walk my path with courage, self-sacrifice and love.


Copyright 2019 Lisa M. Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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