Gospel Reflection – Feast of St. Teresa of Calcutta

Today’s Gospel: Luke 4:31-37

In today’s Gospel of Luke, Jesus speaks with authority and rebukes a demon to come out of a man. This made people fearful, but they were also amazed. “What word is this, for with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits and they go out?” It’s not surprising that Jesus became famous because of this incident.

Jesus had already gained many followers. People heard and saw what a powerful and passionate speaker Jesus was. Since Jesus is the Word, and since the Word is God, He spoke with authority, and people listened.

The Word of God is alive in the Catholic Church’s teachings: Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the Magisterium (teaching authority of the Church). What do we do when we hear the Word of God? Do we listen with humility? Or do we ignore and follow our own desires?

What can we do to follow the Word of God more closely? We can pray. We can fast for others and for ourselves. We can participate in the frequent reception of the sacraments. We can read Scripture. We can recite the Holy Rosary.

We can also do little things in love, as St. Teresa of Calcutta, whose feast we celebrate today, said: “Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own home. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor . . . Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.”


What can I do to follow the Word of God more closely in my day-to-day life?


God, help me to do little things with love and to spread kindness wherever I go. Help me to follow the Word of God more closely.


Copyright 2017 Ellen Gable Hrkach


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