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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on February 15, 2010

Gospel reading of the day:

Mark 8:11-13

The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” Then he left them, got into the boat again, and went off to the other shore.

Reflection on the gospel: In the passage that precedes this one, Jesus has fed the 4,000, and yet the pharisees at such a moment come to him asking for a sign. In their spiritual blindness, they refuse to see who Jesus is and what he is doing. Mark frequently tells us about the feelings that Jesus experiences. Here, the Pharisees ask for a sign, and Jesus expresses his exasperation both in what he says (“No sign will be given”) and in what he does (takes off in the boat.) It is the richness and familiarity of Jesus’ humanity that Mark shows us even as he describes the wonderful things Jesus did and said. As we move through our day today, let us strive to know the Lord ever more accurately and acutely in our own hearts and thoughts, putting off our own spiritual blindness and seeking to make the vision of Jesus central to our existence.

Saint of the day: Saint Claude de la Colombière, S.J., who was born in Grenoble, France on February 2, 1641, was the confessor of Saint Margaret-Marie Alacoque. His feast day is the day of his death, February 15. He was a missionary and ascetical writer, born of noble parentage.

He entered the Society of Jesus in 1659. After fifteen years of religious life in the Jesuits, he made a vow, as a means of attaining the utmost possible perfection, to observe faithfully the Rule and Constitutions of his order under penalty of sin. Those who lived with him attested that this vow was kept with great exactitude.

In 1674 Claude was made superior at the Jesuit house at Paray-le-Monial, where he became the spiritual director of Saint Margaret-Marie Alacoque and was thereafter a zealous apostle of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In 1676 he was sent to England as preacher to Mary of Modena, Duchess of York, afterwards Queen of Great Britain. He lived the life of a Religious even in the Court of St. James and was as active a missionary in England as he had been in France. Although encountering many difficulties, he was able to guide Saint Margaret Mary by letter.

His zeal soon weakened his vitality and a throat and lung trouble seemed to threaten his work as a preacher. While awaiting his recall to France he was suddenly arrested and thrown into prison, denounced as a conspirator. Thanks to his title of preacher to the Duchess of York and to the protection of the King of France, Louis XIV, whose subject Claude was, he escaped death but was condemned to exile in 1679. The last two years of his life were spent at Lyon where he was spiritual director to the young Jesuits, and at Paray-le-Monial, where he repaired for his health. He died February 15, 1682 in France of natural causes. He was beatified in 1929 and canonized in 1992.

Spiritual reading: Perfection consists in doing the will of God, not in understanding his designs. (Claude de la Colombiere, S.J.)

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