Daily Gospel Reflection for January 31, 2015

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Today’s Gospel: Mark 4:35-41

Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest

Today’s gospel takes me back to the amazing opportunity I had a few years ago during my trip to the Holy Land to take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Before the trip to Israel, I had never known that the body of water we read about is also known as the Lake of Gennesaret. Hearing “sea,” I had always pictured the oceans of my southern California childhood. How surprised I had been to arrive and find a lake—a large one (33 miles in circumference)—but still not at all what I had pictured in my mind.

It wasn’t until the small boat we were riding in hit the waves at the center of the sea that I could begin to appreciate the fear the disciples must have felt in this passage when a squall blew up, thrashing their small boat. In no time, a peaceful lake could become a roaring giant. How amazed the disciples must have been to see Jesus rise from his slumber and calmly command the waves and wind into submission!

In my own life, when I’m paying attention I have near daily opportunities to see God’s power calm the “squalls” which rock my little world. But all too often, my lack of faith causes me to doubt God’s care just as the disciples did when they asked, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” When I fully rely upon God’s goodness and compassion, the many “waves” that threaten to topple me are calmed and smoothed. In God, there is peace and rest.

Ponder:

How much faith do you have in God’s ability to bring grace and peace into your life?

Pray:

Jesus, who even the winds and sea obey, help me today and always to have a strong, true, and abundant faith in your love.

We thank our friends at The Word Among Us for providing our gospel reflection team with copies of Abide In My Word 2015: Mass Readings at Your Fingertips. To pray the daily gospels with this wonderful resource, visit The Word Among Us.

Copyright 2015 Lisa 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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