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Carry the gospel with you

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

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 21:34-36

Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Today’s reading is the very last of the liturgical year. Jesus understood the apathy that attends the human condition and called on us to be fully aware and fully alive. The passage cautions us not to give ourselves over to lives of the ordinariness of the day to day, self-indulgence, or anxieties. Instead, Jesus invites us to remain vigilant in prayer that we may withstand the things we face as we make our ways.

On this last day of the Church year, let us recall that we are called to a gathering greatness. Let us pray that we may be open to the mysterious ways that God calls us to stand before the Son of Man.

Saint of the day: Born in Lucera (southeast Italy), Francesco Antonio Fasani entered the Conventual Franciscans in 1695. After his ordination 10 years later, he taught philosophy to younger friars, served as guardian of his friary and later became provincial. When his term of office ended, Francesco became master of novices and finally pastor in his hometown.

In his various ministries, he was loving, devout and penitential. He was a sought-after confessor and preacher. One witness at the canonical hearings regarding Francesco’s holiness testified, “In his preaching he spoke in a familiar way, filled as he was with the love of God and neighbor; fired by the Spirit, he made use of the words and deed of Holy Scripture, stirring his listeners and moving them to do penance.” Francesco showed himself a loyal friend of the poor, never hesitating to seek from benefactors what was needed.

At his death in Lucera, children ran through the streets and cried out, “The saint is dead! The saint is dead!” Francesco was canonized in 1986.

Spiritual reading: No structure of virtue can possibly be raised in our soul unless, first, the foundations of true humility are laid in our heart. (John Cassian)

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