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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on April 23, 2010

Gospel reading of the day:

John 6:52-59

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his Flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my Flesh is true food, and my Blood is true drink. Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

Reflection on the gospel reading: The Eucharist is entry into the very life and being of Jesus. Just as Jesus humbled himself to enter into all the messiness of the human condition, he renews his commitment to be among us in a very tactile and sensate way every time we celebrate Eucharist. Here the Lord continues to join and renew his presence among Christians in the breaking of the bread and sharing of the cup. And it is in this that he extends us his commitment never to leave us orphans.

Saint of the day: If Mary Magdalene was the victim of misunderstanding, Saint George is the object of a vast amount of imagination. There is every reason to believe that he was a real martyr who suffered at Lydda in Palestine, probably before the time of Constantine. The Church adheres to his memory, but not to the legends surrounding his life.

That he was willing to pay the supreme price to follow Christ is what the Church believes. And it is enough.

The story of George’s slaying the dragon, rescuing the king’s daughter and converting Libya is a twelfth-century Italian fable. George was a favorite patron saint of crusaders, as well as of Eastern soldiers in earlier times. He is a patron saint of England, Portugal, Germany, Aragon, Catalonia, Genoa and Venice.

Spiritual reading: For no one can begin anything good unless he begins it from Christ. He is the foundation of all that is good. (Sermon by Aelred of Rievaulx)

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