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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on April 30, 2009

Gospel reading of the day:

John 6:44-51

Jesus said to the crowds: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day. It is written in the prophets:

They shall all be taught by God.

Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my Flesh for the life of the world.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: The Eucharist stands at the center of our lives and our worship. It is the touch stone at each moment of our lives. It is a part of our entry into the life of the church; it is the means to the end that we seek; it is our entry into the life of the world; and it is our hope of eternal life. Those who eat ordinary bread live for a time that the bread can sustain their lives, but the bread of heaven is sustenance for the journey of endless horizons.

Saint of the day: Joseph Cottolengo was born near Turin, Italy. He was ordained and engaged in pastoral work. When a woman he attended died from lack of medical facilities for the poor in Turin, he opened a small home for the sick poor. When it began to expand, he organized the volunteers who had been manning it into the Brothers of St. Vincent and the Daughters of St. Vincent (Vincentian Sisters).

When cholera broke out in 1831, the hospital was closed, but he moved it just outside the city at Valdocco and continued ministering to the stricken. The hospital grew and he expanded his activities to helping the aged, the deaf, blind, crippled, insane, and wayward girls until his Piccola Casa became a great medical institution. To minister to these unfortunates, he founded the Daughters of Compassion, the Daughters of the Good Shepherd, the Hermits of the Holy Rosary, and the Priests of the Holy Trinity. Weakened by typhoid he had contracted, he died at Chieri, Italy on April 30, 1842.

Spiritual reading: Labor with all your might to gain for yourselves the love of the people.

You will be far better able to help them if they love you than if they fear you. (Letter to Jesuit Missionaries by Francis Xavier)

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