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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on April 27, 2010

Gospel reading of the day:

John 10:22-30

The feast of the Dedication was taking place in Jerusalem. It was winter. And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me. But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: In the gospel reading, Jesus says, “The Father and I are one.” The statement does not say without absolute clarity that Jesus claims divinity, because it is quite possible for all of us to say that we are one with another. A husband and a wife, two brothers, two sisters, or two friends, for instance, might say, “We are one person,” and we all understand that this is metaphor for how close the one is to the other. Even so, within the context of the gospel, especially given the shocked reactions of Jesus’ hearers to the Lord’s claim, we must interpret the text to point an elaboration of what the Prologue tells us, that the Word was with God and the Word was God.

Saint of the day: Joseph Cottolengo was born near Turin, Italy. He was ordained and engaged in pastoral work. When a woman he attended died from lack of medical facilities for the poor in Turin, he opened a small home for the sick poor. When it began to expand, he organized the volunteers who had been manning it into the Brothers of St. Vincent and the Daughters of St. Vincent (Vincentian Sisters). When cholera broke out in 1831, the hospital was closed, but he moved it just outside the city at Valdocco and continued ministering to the stricken. The hospital grew and he expanded his activities to helping the aged, the deaf, blind, crippled, insane, and wayward girls until his Piccola Casa became a great medical institution. To minister to these unfortunates, he founded the Daughters of Compassion, the Daughters of the Good Shepherd, the Hermits of the Holy Rosary, and the Priests of the Holy Trinity. Weakened by typhoid he had contracted, he died at Chieri, Italy on April 30, 1842.

Spiritual reading: Labor with all your might to gain for yourselves the love of the people. You will be far better able to help them if they love you than if they fear you. (Letter to Jesuit Missionaries by Francis Xavier)

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