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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on August 22, 2009

439px-Meister_Francke_004Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 23:1-12

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’ As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: None among us is perfect, and all of us fail in some way or other. Jesus in today’s gospel reflects on some of the brokenness he observed in the human condition. For instance, there are among us people who are powerful and lay down rules that they enforce on people who are less powerful; even so, these same powerful people do not follow the rules they want others to follow: that is, they are hypocrites. There are people who make great shows about why they are special, but their outward signs of respectability do not match their interior realities: that is, they are inauthentic. There are people who want to occupy privileged places of honor and be held in special esteem: that is, they are haughty. Our Lord disliked all of it: phoniness, guile, conceit. Instead, he called us to humility: a willingness to be counted as of little consequence, a deep honesty about all that is good and bad about ourselves, and a sense of right proportion about our place among the hosts of people who surround us and of whom God is especially fond.

Saint of the day: John Wall was born to a wealthy Catholic family in 1620 near Preston, Lancashire, England. He studied in Douai, and entered the Roman College on November 5, 1641, using the name John Marsh. Ordained December 3, 1645, he joined the Friars Minor in Rome on January 1, 1651, taking the name Joachim of Saint Anne. Vicar and novice-master at Douai, he joined the Worcester mission in 1656 where he served for over 20 years, using several aliases, and living as a fugitive. Arrested in connection with the Titus Oates Plot in December 1678, he was acquitted of participation in the plot but was martyred for the crime of priesthood. One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, he was hanged, drawn, and quartered on August 22, 1679 near Redhill, Corcester, England and buried at Saint Oswald’s church.

clouds and sun sing hallelujah in goldsSpiritual reading: Because our natures pose and point toward You, our loves revolve about You as the planets swing upon the sun, and all suns sing together in their gravitational worlds. (The Collect Poems by Fr. Thomas Merton)

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