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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on February 16, 2010

Gospel reading of the day:

Mark 8:14-21

The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. Jesus enjoined them, “Watch out, guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” They concluded among themselves that it was because they had no bread. When he became aware of this he said to them, “Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear? And do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?” They answered him, “Twelve.” “When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?” They answered him, “Seven.” He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

Reflection on the gospel: This is a difficult and cramped passage, one that is not easy to understand. It essentially emphasizes the lack of understanding by the pharisees and disciples alike. Neither of them has a true understanding of who Jesus is and what his actions mean. Moreover, they doubt his power. So too it is with us. We often confess his power with our lips but doubt in our hearts its relevance in our lives. Becoming people who trust God is a difficult task, but practice makes perfect, and reliance on God’s power today will bring about great things for us.

Saint of the day: Maternal nephew of St. Joseph Cafasso, Joseph Allamano was born in Castenuovo d’Asti on January 21, 1851. He did his first years of primary school at Valdocco, under the guidance of Don Bosco. At the age of 22 he was ordained priest in Turin. Immediately following the ordination, he was put in charge of other seminarians under formation. At the age of 29, he was appointed as rector of the biggest Marian shrine in the city of Turin, the one dedicated to Our Lady Consolata. At the same time he was charged to lead the newly ordained priests of the diocese.

Fr. Allamano founded the Institute of Consolata Missionaries on January 29, 1901 in Turin. The event was then documented in the shrine bulletin as follows: “The devotion to Consolata will not only be contemplative but also active,” which implied that with the Consolata missions, the Marian shrine acquired a universal dimension. In May 1902, he bade farewell to the first four missionaries who left Torino for Kenya. The first group consisted of two priests and two brothers.

In 1910, Joseph Allamano founded the congregation of the Consolata Sisters. He died in Turin on the 16th February 1926. His remains lie in the church of Blessed Joseph Allamano, adjacent to the motherhouse of the Consolata Missionaries in Torino.

Spiritual reading: Help all without discrimination, friend and foe alike. Everyone is our neighbor. (Blessed Mother Angela Truszkowska )

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