Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on November 2, 2010

Gospel reading of the day:

John 6:37-40

Jesus said to the crowds: “Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: The scripture passage we read today speaks to God’s strong desire for us. God reaches out to all people, regardless of whether or not they have heard the name of Jesus. This speaking to people that God does is the communication of God’s Word in every human heart. God’s love is far broader and more mysterious than our ability to understand it. This is the mystery of All Souls Day, the action of God in every human heart to work out the entirety of God’s immense and multifaceted design for salvation on earth.

Saint of the day: November 2 commemorates the faithful departed, asking God for mercy on the people who have gone before us. The custom of setting apart a special day for intercession for certain of the faithful departed is old. But the celebration of general intercession on November 2 was first established by St. Odilo of Cluny (d. 1048) at his monastery of Cluny in 998. From Cluny, the custom spread to the other houses of the Cluniac order, which became the largest and most extensive network of monasteries in Europe. The celebration was soon adopted in several dioceses in France and spread throughout the Western Church. It was accepted in Rome only in the fourteenth century. While November 2 remained the liturgical celebration, in time the entire month of November became associated in the Western Catholic tradition with prayer for the departed; lists of names of those to be remembered being placed in the proximity of the altar on which the sacrifice of the mass is offered.

Spiritual reading: One of the first things Christ says in the Gospel is this: “Happy the simple-hearted!” Yes, happy those who head towards simplicity, simplicity of heart and simplicity of life. A simple heart attempts to live in the present moment, to welcome each day as God’s today . . . . Simplifying our life enables us to share with the least fortunate, in order to alleviate suffering where there is disease, poverty, famine . . . . Where can we find the simplicity indispensable for living out the Gospel? Some words of Christ enlighten us. One day he said to his disciples, “Let the little children come to me; the realities of God are for those who are like them.” And so we would like to say to God: “God, you love us: turn us into people who are humble; give us great simplicity in our prayer, in human relationships, in welcoming others.” (Brother Roger of Taizé)

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