Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Luke 10:13-16
After I came into the church as a Jewish convert in 2016, my Israeli-born Jewish husband decided to come as well. Call it the beckoning of the Holy Spirit, the leading of Christ, or the gentle push of Our Blessed Mother. He decided to enroll in RCIA the very next year after I became Catholic.
As he pondered what saint to pick for his confirmation name, I prayed and asked God to give me revelation about it. It was on the feast day of St. Jerome that I knew this was the perfect saint for my husband.
St. Jerome was a scripture scholar, taking on the daunting task of translating the bible from Hebrew to Latin. I knew that this would be the perfect saint for my husband, as we both had spent three years in a nondenominational church before coming into our Catholic faith. This time proved pivotal, as scripture became a big part of our lives and a concrete way to understand the beauty and power of God. It was through the scriptures that my husband understood God the most.
My husband’s story is also a beautiful illustration of today’s Gospel passage. God used my own conversion to the Catholic faith to awaken my husband to the truth. He knew he had to listen to our Lord and not reject His call, even if he did not understand it. Yes, my husband was stubborn, but not stubborn enough to risk eternity and the call of God!
Today, if you are waiting for someone in your own family to come back to the Church, heed the Lord’s direction in today’s Gospel passage,
“Whoever listens to you listens to me.”
In order to bring our friends, family, and loved ones back to the faith, we must first listen to the Lord ourselves.
Am I listening to God about what type of witness I am for the Catholic faith
Jesus, help me to live the Gospel message. Use me to lead others home to the Catholic Church.
Copyright 2022 Melissa Presser
About the Author
Melissa Presser is a Jewish girl who was led home to the Catholic Church by St. Edith Stein, a fellow Jewish Catholic. She is a wife, mother of three, and a seasoned attorney. Melissa is passionate about bringing awareness to mental health issues and stopping the stigma. Find out more about her conversion and ministry at MelissaPresser.com.