Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on July 30, 2010

Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 13:54-58

Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said, “Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? Are not his sisters all with us? Where did this man get all this?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his own house.” And he did not work many mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith.

Reflection on the gospel reading: In the gospel passage that we read today, Jesus preaches in his own community. The people are very impressed with what he teaches, but because they know his family, they cannot accept who Jesus is. And precisely because the Nazarenes would not open their hearts to Jesus, Jesus would not work wondrous things for them. It is as the psalms say, “Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you.”

chrysologusSaint of the day: Peter Chrysologus was born at Imola in 406 and died there in 450. His biography, first written by Agnellus in the ninth century, gives but scant information about him. He was baptized, educated, and ordained deacon by Cornelius, Bishop of Imola, and was elevated to the Bishopric of Ravenna in 433. There are indications that Ravenna held the rank of metropolitan before this time. His piety and zeal won for him universal admiration, and his oratory merited for him the name Chrysologus. He shared the confidence of Leo the Great and enjoyed the patronage of the Empress Galla Placidia. After his condemnation by the Synod of Constantinople (448), the Monophysite Eutyches endeavoured to win the support of Peter, but without success.

A collection of his homilies, numbering 176, was made by Felix, Bishop of Ravenna (707-17). Some are interpolations, and several other homilies known to be written by the saint are included in other collections under different names. They are in a great measure explanatory of Biblical texts and are brief and concise. He eloquently explained the mystery of the Incarnation, the heresies of Arius and Eutyches, and the Apostles’ Creed. He dedicated a series of homilies to the Blessed Virgin and John the Baptist.

Spiritual reading: My life is big enough not only to hold in some way, in this context of goodness, all the world’s pain and From Within Creationmisery, but to be able to do something about it. The quality of my life, its love, making present God’s love, can and does raise it all. In this I rejoice. A holistic view is broad, expansive, deep, rich–very rich and full. It is the only view worthy of a human, of a Christian, a true child of God, an empowered co-redeemer with Christ. (A Place Apart by Fr. M. Basil Pennington, OCSO)

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