Carry the gospel with you

Posted in Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on April 28, 2009

Gospel reading of the day:

John 6:30-35

The crowd said to Jesus: “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:

He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

So they said to Jesus, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus invites us to feed on him. We do this both figuratively and literally. We feed on him on our hearts for he provides our spirits sustenance to continue on our way. We also feed on him in the Eucharist, that bread which comes down to us and provides us Jesus’ offer of real presence in our lives.

Saint of the day: Born in Milan in 1922, Gianna Beretta Molla was the tenth of thirteen children born to Alberto and Maria Beretta. She was a pious girl raised in a pious family; two brothers became priests, a sister became a nun. While in college, she worked with the poor and elderly, and joined the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. Gianna became a physician and surgeon. Graduating from the University of Pavia in 1949, she started a clinic in Mero, Italy in 1950. She returned to school and studied pediatrics, and after finishing in 1952, she worked especially with mothers, babies, the elderly, and the poor. She was active in Catholic Action and a avid skier. She considered a call to religious life but married Pietro Molla in September 1955 at Magenta.

Mother of three, she continued her medical career, treating it as a mission and gift from God. During her pregnancy with her fourth child, she was diagnosed with a large ovarian cyst. Her surgeon recommended an abortion in order to save Gianna’s life; she refused and died a week after childbirth. Today that child is a physician herself. She died April 28,1962 in Monza Maternity Hospital of complications from an ovarian cyst.

Spiritual reading: O Jesus, I promise You to submit myself to all that You permit to befall me, make me only know Your Will. My most sweet Jesus, infinitely merciful God, most tender Father of souls, and in a particular way of the most weak, most miserable, most infirm which You carry with special tenderness between Your divine arms, I come to You to ask You,

through the love and merits of Your Sacred Heart, the grace to comprehend and to do always Your holy Will, the grace to confide in You, the grace to rest securely through time and eternity in Your loving divine arms. (Gianna Molla)

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