Daily Gospel Reflection for October 30, 2017

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Today’s Gospel: Luke 13:10-17

I never have to worry about the rules in my house. You see, I have a Rule Abiding Citizen living with me, and he is six years old.

At that most perfect and insightful of ages, he is not only able to observe the rules with perfect decorum (and more than a little mud and energy), he is also able to assist me when I happen to miss the chance to enforce the rules to another member of the household (especially a sibling).

Isn’t it funny how eating on the couch is fine when you are the one with the cookies, but absolutely unacceptable when your older sister is eating chips?

We’re all guilty of focusing on the rules instead of the reason for the rules, and once again, the religious leaders of Jesus’ time remind us what mercy’s not.

It’s not enforcing the rules no matter what. It’s not looking past the pain to what should be done. It’s not feel-good over do-good.

In fact, it’s an integration of all of that, and it’s only possible thanks to the grace of God.

Ponder:

How can you share the love of God with someone today?

Pray:

Lord, I want to grow closer to You. Guide me in the way of Your will, and grant me the grace to see beyond the limits of my understanding. Amen.


Copyright 2017 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 Triple Take, from Our Sunday Visitor.

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