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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on August 31, 2010

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 4:31-37

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee. He taught them on the sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority. In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out in a loud voice, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!” Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be quiet! Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down in front of them and came out of him without doing him any harm. They were all amazed and said to one another, “What is there about his word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.” And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region.

Reflection on the gospel reading: In yesterday’s gospel, Jesus taught in Nazareth’s synagogue and encountered a mixed reception. In today’s gospel, Jesus teaches in Capernaum’s synagogue and, unlike in Nazareth, “astonishes” the congregation. When Jesus teaches in Capernaum, he does not rely on the authority of the teachers of the law but teaches on his own authority since he enjoys a direct relationship with God. Moreover, he confirms the power of his words through the power of his deeds: even the unclean spirits recognize he is from God and obey his commands. God gives to each of us authority over certain spheres: let us use the power God has entrusted to us as vehicles to witness to something beautiful for God.

Saint of the day: Irish by birth, Aidan was a monk at Iona, Ireland. His name means, “fire.” Aidan studied under Saint Senan at Inish Cathay. He was bishop of Clogher by Ware and Lynch. He resigned the see to became a monk at Iona in about 630. He Saint Aidan of Lindisfarneevangelized Northumbria, England as a bishop at the behest of his friend the king, Saint Oswald of Northumbria. Once when pagans attacked Oswald’s forces at Bambrough, they piled wood around the city walls to burn it; Aidan prayed for help, and a change in wind blew the smoke and flames over the pagan army.

Recognized for his knowledge of the Bible, his eloquent preaching, his personal holiness, simple life, scholarship, and charity, he was said to be a miracle worker. He trained Saint Boswell. He also founded the Lindisfarne monastery that became not only a religious standard bearer, but a great storehouse of European literature and learning during the dark ages. Saint Bede is lavish in his praise of the episcopal rule of Aidan. Aidan died August 31, 651 at Bamborough of natural causes; the young Saint Cuthbert, a shepherd in the fields at the time, saw Aidan’s soul rise to heaven as a shaft of light. He is buried at Lindisfarne.

p43_New song#1#Spiritual reading: It overflows, and it is like a furnace, this love of God, who in the banquet of regenerating grace gives unceasingly . . . his own flesh to be eaten, and his own precious blood to be drunk by them who are his own children and the heirs of the kingdom he has promised. (Thomas Aquinas)

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