Daily Gospel Reflection for January 13, 2017

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Today’s Gospel: Mark 2:1-12

Crowds are not my thing. If I had shown up a little late with my friends on this day in Scripture, I probably would have wanted to just hang out in the back…you know…where there’s some air. Wanting to be assured that I could leave if I wasn’t comfortable, or getting much out of what was being said, I would have been content to catch merely intermittent phrases from this preacher everyone was talking about.

But my closest friends happen to be extroverts and most likely would have pulled me into the crowd, or found a creative way to gain entrance into that house, just like the friends of the paralytic had done. Then to top it all off, they would have embarrassed me and made me the center of attention. My friends would have taken “paralyzed” me right to the feet of Jesus. Eventually I’d look up and my gaze would meet the Master’s. I’d realize that the problem lies with me keeping my eyes fixed on myself, my apparent needs, and my own paralysis, rather than on the One who can heal me.

My friends know this truth – we are happier when we are thinking of others and their needs. I thank God for the way He works on my heart through good friends. These are the ones who really know us and push us to reach our potential. And our greatest potential begins with a clean heart, that is in full knowledge of God’s Mercy. Only then can the paralysis of fears and insecurities be healed. We can then rise, take up the mats of our daily vocations, and begin to walk that journey home to heaven.

Ponder:

Who are the people in your life who bring you closer to Jesus and His healing?

Pray:

Lord, thank you for the good friends you have provided for me in life. Never counting the cost, they bring me to You and Your healing.

 

Copyright 2017 Cindy Costello

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Catholic wife and mom, Cindy Costello, works as Coordinator of Marriage Ministry for the Diocese of Paterson, NJ. Using her instructor’s certification from the Theology of the Body Institute in Downingtown, PA, she enjoys speaking and writing wherever the Holy Spirit leads her. Married 30 years with 3 grown and 2 teenaged children, she integrates her prayer life into her life’s experiences in evangelizing the joy of the Catholic Faith. Visit her website at CindyACostello.com.

4 Comments

  1. Cindy is it fair to say that you are one of mine? In truth, when I journaled my answer to your ponder question earlier this morning, I said that our contributors here are such a great blessing in my life! Even though I don’t get to be with all of you regularly, the words you share here and the examples of your lives as I am able to follow you through social media are a true gift to me! But I also realized that living in a new community since our move, I need to do a better job of cultivating some local sisters in Christ at my parish and in my community. So thank you for today’s reflection and for leading me in a fruitful time of prayer today!

  2. Lisa…. God is using ever creative ways to weave lives together… I am grateful for you and catholicmom and the sharing of hearts provided! And grateful for your openness and constant attention to all of us! You spiritually mother us all… praising God for your fruitful prayer:)

  3. Nice and novel reflection! I am also at a point of reflection in my own life where I am so thankful for all the experiences and ways that the prodding and cajoling of friends have widened my comfort zone and brought the God of surprises closer.

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