Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Luke 12:1-7
Jesus warns us of the leaven of the Pharisees—hypocrisy. And we see it in our lives every day. We know we should put God before everything in our lives, but then we fail to make time for prayer. We know we should love our neighbor, but then we choose a new “toy” of some sort and reduce our charitable contribution accordingly, or gossip rather than providing comfort to someone who’s hurting. We know we should love ourselves, but then we medicate with food or alcohol or something else as a way of coping with emptiness.
Hypocrisy is evil. But the paralysis that knowledge of our hypocrisy brings is even more evil. Unchecked, that knowledge crowds out hope and belief and faith that God knows about every single one of our shortcomings—and loves us anyway. He loves us enough to help us move, sometimes in extremely small ways, closer to Him and further from the evil that desires to hold us hostage.
With God’s love, we lay waste to that dangerous lie that we are not good enough and we will never be good enough. We have the confidence that as surely as He notices the sparrow, He notices us and our efforts, however haltingly, to be His beloved daughters and sons. We trust that through Him, we will be better tomorrow—and the day after that.
What can you do today to shut out the whispers that would separate you from God?
Abba, Father, forgive me for yesterday. Guide me and love me as I set out to do Your work today.
Copyright 2021 Melanie Rigney
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Melanie Jean Juneau is a mother of nine children who blogs at joy of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart-warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, the Editor in Chief at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC & author of Echoes of the Divine.