Daily Gospel Reflection for November 9, 2019 - Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

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Today’s Gospel: John 2:13-22 – Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

There was disarray everywhere: Toys on the floor, kids strewn out with their own agendas, dishes on the counter, laundry to do.

And I. Just. Lost. It.

It was a momtrum of massive proportions, one that would make me both wince and chuckle now.

I can’t help but look at Jesus in today’s Gospel and feel something akin to, “Yeah. Me too, buddy, me too.”

Jesus shows us, here, that anger is not always a sin. His method may not be appropriate for us, mind you (though the whip of cords and the overturning of tables has a satisfactory air to it). He guides us, as usual, to our priorities.

Zeal is defined as “great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or objective.” You may have a short-term goal — a clean house, dishes done, getting out the door on time — but Jesus reminds us that we all have the same long-term goal: raising saints and getting those we love to heaven.

Let’s refocus our energy and offer today for that end, with Jesus’ help.

Ponder:

What’s your passion? Where’s your focus? How can you let God guide them to help those you love closer to heaven?

Pray:

Jesus, let my zeal be for Your house, for Your will. Guide me so that my passions are rooted in You.


Copyright 2019 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 Three Shots and follow her writing at Snoring Scholar.

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