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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on December 13, 2010

Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 21:23-27

When Jesus had come into the temple area, the chief priests and the elders of the people approached him as he was teaching and said, “By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you this authority?” Jesus said to them in reply, “I shall ask you one question, and if you answer it for me, then I shall tell you by what authority I do these things. Where was John’s baptism from? Was it of heavenly or of human origin?” They discussed this among themselves and said, “If we say ‘Of heavenly origin,’ he will say to us, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we fear the crowd, for they all regard John as a prophet.” So they said to Jesus in reply, “We do not know.” He himself said to them, “Neither shall I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: In this passage we receive today, the chief priests and the elders of the people are in a manipulative conundrum of their own making. They ask Jesus by what authority he acts, but because the leaders are too caught in their own cunning machinations to speak the truth, Jesus declines to reveal the truth to them. It is to simple hearts that God reveals God’s truth. And so it is that each of us should pray that we may pray with Jesus, “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.”

Saint of the day: Born in about 283, Lucy of Syracuse was a rich, young Christian who vowed her life to Christ. Her Roman father died when she was young. Her mother, Eutychia, arranged a marriage for her. For three years she managed to keep the marriage on hold. To change the mother’s mind about the girl’s new faith,
Lucy prayed at the tomb of Saint Agatha, and her mother’s long hemorrhagic illness was cured. Her mother agreed with Lucy’s desire to live for God, and Lucy became known as a patron of those with maladies like her mother’s.

Her rejected pagan bridegroom, Paschasius, denounced Lucy as a Christian. The governor planned to force her into prostitution, but when guards went to fetch her, they could not move her even when they hitched her to a team of oxen. The governor ordered her killed instead. After torture that included having her eyes torn out, she was surrounded by bundles of wood which were set afire; they went out. She prophesied against her persecutors and was executed by being stabbed to death with a dagger. Her death occurred in about 304.

Legend says her eyesight was restored before her death. This and the meaning of her name led to her connection with eyes, the blind, eye trouble, and problems with sight.

Spiritual reading: Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love. (Theresa of Liseaux)

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