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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on January 18, 2011

Gospel reading of the day:

Mark 2:23-28

As Jesus was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain. At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?” He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry? How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat, and shared it with his companions?” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: When we have a “how to” guide to shape our behavior, we don’t have to give it a lot of thought. The less we have to think about it, the less significance we give to it, and the less our behavior is the product of our relationship to the situation where we find ourselves. Our behavior becomes rote and devoid of any deep meaning. When Jesus says that that the human person is not made for the sabbath but the sabbath for the human person, he reassures us that rules are meant to be broken, and our lives are meant to be creative responses to the realities that surround us. We are called to be little less than gods! Divinity is creativity: let us live our lives creatively that we be images of the creative God.

Saint of the day: Jaime Hilario Barbal was born on January 2,1898 at Enviny in northern Spain as Manuel Barbal. Raised in a pious and hardworking family near the Pyrenees mountains, he entered the seminary at age 12, but when his hearing began to fail in his teens, he was sent home. He joined the Brothers of the Christian Schools at age 19, entering the novitiate on February 24, 1917 at Irun, Spain, taking the name Jaime Hilario. An exceptional teacher and catechist, he believed strongly in the value of universal education, especially for the poor. However, his hearing problems grew worse, and in the early 1930s, he was forced to retire from teaching and began to work in the garden at the LaSalle house at San Jose, Tarragona, Spain.

He was imprisoned in July 1936 at Mollerosa, Spain when the Spanish Civil War broke out and religious were swept from the street. Transferred to Tarragona in December, then confined on a prison ship with some other religious. He was convicted on January 15, 1937 of being a Christian brother. Two rounds of volley fire from a firing squad did not kill him, possibly because some of soldiers intentionally shot wide; their commander then murdered Jaime on January 18, 1937 with five shots at close range. First of the 97 LaSalle Brothers killed in Catalunia, Spain during the Spanish Civil War to be recognized as a martyr.

Spiritual reading: Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)

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