Carry the gospel with you

Posted in Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on May 11, 2009

Gospel reading of the day:

John 14:21-26

Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him, “Master, then what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.

“I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Pentecost this year falls on May 31, and we begin now our preparations for the coming of the Advocate, the Holy Spirit that the Father sends to us in Jesus’ name. The Holy Spirit still moves among us to reveal truths to us that we heretofore were not prepared to hear. In an age that has technology that looks into the inner workings of the human brain, in an age that has technology that peers out to the origins of the universe in deepest space, in an age that has uncovered and understood evidence about the migrations of early humans out of Africa into the rest of the world, are we prepared to understand what the Holy Spirit is teaching us about the mysteries of our humanity and God’s loving creative continuing presence?

Saint of the day: Francis Jerome was born in Italy in 1631. He studied humanities and philosophy at the Jesuit college of Taranto, Italy at age 16 and then went on to study theology and canon law at the college of Gesu Vecchio. He was ordained a parish priest at Naples, Italy on March 18, 1666. He subsequently became a Jesuit at age 28 on July 1, 1670 and served as a rural missionary in and around Naples for 40 years.

He was a successful and effective preacher who ministered in prisons, brothels, and galleys. He converted Moor and Turkish prisoners of war, rescued children from dangerous and degrading situations, opened a charitable pawn shop, and organized laymen into a group called Oratio della Missione to help fellow Jesuit missionaries. Numerous miraculous cures attributed to him in life and after death. His coffin was thronged by the people of Naples during his funeral procession. A few of his letters have survived, but none of his sermons. He died May 11, 1716 at Naples, Italy of natural causes.

Spiritual reading: O God, let me know you and love you so that I may find joy in you; and if I cannot do so fully in this life, let me at least make some progress every day, until at last that knowledge, love and joy come to me in all their plenitude.

While I am here on earth let me know you fully; let my love for you grow deeper here, so that there I may love you fully. On earth then I shall have great joy in hope, and in heaven complete joy in the fulfillment of my hope. (Saint Anselm)

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