Daily Gospel Reflection for October 16, 2018


Today’s Gospel: Luke 11:37-41

I had just finished saying something not-so-nice to one of my kids, at a rather high volume, when the phone rang and I had to answer it.

Suddenly, I was a different person.

And I could feel the disparity between the totally calm voice I was using and the loud, frazzled voice I had just been using.

There are many times my kids see the “real” me.

And, reading today’s Gospel, I can’t help but do some serious self-evaluation. Is the person they know the same person the rest of the world knows?

If the answer isn’t a resounding yes (hint: it’s not), then what do I need to change? How can I make the Sarah-at-home more like the Sarah-God-wants-me-to-be?


Where do you need to do a little interior cleaning?


Lord, I don’t mean to take You for granted. Help me turn to You today, and guide me where You want me to go today. Amen.

Copyright 2018 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.


  1. Heather inspired me on youtube. I found her looking after a knolidge about catholic faith. I belive in God, nowadays my religion is lutheran. I ve got catholic bible.

  2. Oh how this resonates, Sarah! I had a HUGE issue with my teen son yesterday and how he was talking to me with such a disrespectful tone in his voice. Within the hour, I hear that same tone in my own voice and suddenly realized he learned it from me. Yet there’s not another human being outside our home who’s heard me talk like that. I’m like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with one persona within my four walls, and another outside of them. It’s time for some interior cleaning to align my split personality. Thanks for the prompt!

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