Daily Gospel Reflection for October 28, 2015



Gospel Reflections 800x800 blue outlineToday’s Gospel: Luke 6:12-16

Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

Imagine an entire night, alone, in prayer, with God. What a spiritual high, or maybe you would have clarity about your path in life or have the answer to a question troubling you. Or there is the possibility you would finally have peace in your soul. I’ve never spent all night awake and in prayer, but I’ve come close.

Jesus spends his night praying to God on a mountain and then begins calling his Apostles. His public ministry is about to begin. We can learn from Jesus’ actions. Pray before you make major decisions. And pray not for only approval, but for wisdom to know what to do and guidance for God’s help.


When is the last time you were able to spend an extended time in prayer? Try to find a way to get a few hours to yourself and open yourself up to what God has for you. If you can’t, focus on praying for wisdom and guidance, rather than approval.


Father God, you guided your Son in his ministry. Give me the courage to allow you to guide me as well. I seek to know your wisdom so I can act as you want me to in my ministry. Amen.

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 Deanna Bartalini


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Deanna G. Bartalini, is a Catholic writer, speaker, and educator. She and her husband Deacon John have two married children and a grandson. Deanna loves teaching about Catholicism and how it fits into our daily lives. She writes at DeannaBartalini.com, serves as the editor of the NewEvangelizers.com blog, and is a contributor there as well as at AmazingCatechists.com. Deanna contributed to A Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion published by Ave Maris Press. She has written “Invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life: Growing in Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control” one book in the series of the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women published by Gracewatch Media. Deanna is available to lead retreats and speak at catechist and ministry events.

1 Comment

  1. “Imagine an entire night, alone, in prayer, with God.” I think I had that happen once, not for a whole night, but for several hours. I was having trouble sleeping and was listening to Christian music through my headphones and it was actually a very nice night of insomnia!

    I wish I could say that always happens but that’s the only time and there have been many sleepless nights. Usually I end up thinking of that psalm that is read during the Compline on Friday about despair. Nighttime has a way of magnifying fears to the point of being ridiculous (amazing how just rising in the morning makes all that stuff disappear!) and prayer is drenched with those fears and I feel no consolation. I know that has nothing to do with God being near, of course he is! Reminding myself of that makes that time easier to go through, and definitely worthwhile.

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