Daily Gospel Reflection for November 23, 2019

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Today’s Gospel: Luke 20:27-40

Those Sadducees, I tell you, are right up my alley.

Even now, nearly twenty years after coming into the Catholic Church, I find myself posing questions that are mazes designed to entrap whoever the smarter-than-me person is.

It’s like I can’t help it.

It’s like I can’t just trust.

It’s almost a game.

And I guess that’s where I’m different than the Sadducees. I do actually want to believe. I just can’t help seeing glaring discrepancies and huge questions that need asked.

We learn, in today’s gospel, that Jesus is infinitely patient, even with people who ask jerky questions. He doesn’t just take the time to answer; He explains the deeper reasoning. They can plug their ears and pretend not to understand, but He’s so clear that they respond with the first-century version of “Atta boy.”

And then “they no longer dared to ask Him anything.”

I don’t think that’s because they didn’t have questions. I think it’s because of their intent.

So much of life has to do with intention, with what’s in our hearts. The law is clear, but our hearts are not. Life is filled with gray circumstances, things that defy the black-or-white approach to sin-or-not-sin.

It’s OK to pose a question. Just be ready for the answer and the grace that can come with it.

Ponder:

What’s on your heart today, a question you’ve been struggling with? Bring it to Jesus and let Him guide you to the answer.

Pray:

Lord, You offer me endless life and an answer that never ends. Help me to be open to Your voice in my life.


Copyright 2019 Sarah Reinhard

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When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Three Shots and follow her writing at Snoring Scholar.

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