Daily Gospel Reflection for October 26, 2015



Gospel Reflections 800x800 blue outlineToday’s Gospel: Luke 13:10-17

As in yesterday’s gospel passage, today we witness a miracle. Luke tells us of a poor woman, who had suffered a crippling debilitation for eighteen years. Jesus was in the synagogue teaching and noted this woman. He called her over and with only a few words, healed her, releasing her from all of her pain and suffering.

Rather than rejoicing at this miracle, the leader of the synagogue took Jesus to task when he was questioned about healing this poor woman on the Sabbath. In his answer to the synagogue leader, Jesus taught those present about the nature of his mission and God’s love.

Sometimes, in social media circles online, I wince at the conversations that happen between “believers.” We can become so caught up in our positions on tenets and Church politics that we lose sight of the mercy that Jesus modeled for us. Like the synagogue leader, we become hypocrites who preach something with our words and live something very different with our deeds.

Today, let us remember the lesson learned by those who witnessed the miracle of this crippled woman. Let us rejoice fully in recognition of the splendid deeds done in our own lives every day by our loving God. Let us never fall prey to the temptation to be hypocritical in our walk as Christians.


Are you ever a hypocrite, so blinded by rules and regulations that you forget to act in Christ’s mercy?


Jesus, in your power you had mercy upon the crippled woman in the synagogue and healed her of her afflictions. Help me today to pause and to see the needs of those around me who are hurting or in need of loving compassion. May I be your hands and feet to them today and always.

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.


  1. Hello! I’m confused! My church read from Mark about Bartimeaus the blind man. Why am I seeing that there are like three different gospels that were read amongst churches? I thought we all read the same things. Can you please advise??

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