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Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.

Reflection by Kerri Baunach

Today's Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16

“It is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.”

As I read today’s Gospel, this phrase caught my attention. It felt like a challenge directly to me. It was as if Jesus was telling me that my role as wife and mother needs to be like the light on the lampstand.

This is quite the challenge! So often I find myself bogged down by the to-do list that I often forget one of my most important roles: to be a light of Christ to my family. My children especially need my example or how will they know how to go into the world to bring the light of Christ to others?

If I’m being honest, I’m a less than stellar example of a light of Christ around my family. My light must be hidden under the bushel basket. That to-do list (keeping up with the house, driving kids to school and activities, the errands, etc.) has a way of consuming my time and causing stress and anxiety. If all my kids see is a stressed and anxious mom who doesn’t often take joy in the life God has given her, what are they learning? Not the lesson I’d like them to learn!

And so this is my challenge. Be the salt of my household, a city shining brightly over my family, and a light to my children. At this time of life my world consists mainly of my husband and children, thus I’m embracing this challenge to slow down and live my love of Jesus openly and without restraint. My own soul and those of my children depend on it.




How are you at being a true light of Christ to your children, spouse, or others you interact with on a daily basis?



Dear Jesus, I love You and want to shine brightly with Your love as an example for my family and all whom I encounter. Thank You, Jesus, for the gift of this life and Catholic faith.


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Copyright 2024 Kerri Baunach

Kerri Baunach lives in Lexington, KY, with her husband and three boys. She’s a Benedictine Oblate with the Archabbey of St. Meinrad in Indiana, attends the Traditional Latin Mass, and has written on her own, now abandoned, blog, for Catholic Sistas, and many Gospel Reflections for Catholic Mom.