Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on January 19, 2011

Gospel reading of the day:

Mark 3:1-6

Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched Jesus closely to see if he would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him. He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.” Then he said to the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” But they remained silent. Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.

Reflection on the gospel reading: The passage from the gospel we read today suggests that Jesus inspired sufficient opposition even early in his ministry that the threat of death was never far from him. Mark in this passage clearly links the opposition of the Pharisees and the Herodians to Jesus’ interpretation of the law and his willingness to challenge conventional understanding of religious duties. If we are to imitate Christ, we should never fear pursuing what we perceive to be the right course and the best action even in the face of the opposition of authority.

Saint of the day: Born on January 17, 1842 in Korczyna, Poland, from childhood Saint Joseph Sebastian Pelczar was surrounded by a deep religious atmosphere. He was ordained a priest in 1864, and after post graduate studies in Rome, whereby he obtain doctorates in both theology and canon law, Father Pelczar taught in the diocesan seminary in Przemysl, and, later, served as rector and professor for 22 years at Jagellonian University in Krakow.

In his concern for the most needy and the spreading of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Father Pelczar founded the Congregation of the Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1894. He himself formed the first members according to the needs of that time. In the spirituality of the Congregation, his own desires and concerns were reflected: the glory of God in the Mystery of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, love of Mary, the Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Poland, charity towards the sick and abandoned, concern for servant girls in need of financial and moral help, and the religious training of children and youth.

In 1899, he became an auxiliary bishop and, in 1900, local Ordinary of the Diocese of Przemysl. He was beatified in 1991 and canonized in 2003. The relics of Saint Joseph Sebastian rest in the chapel of the Cathedral Church in Przemysl. In Krakow, St. Joseph Sebastian is venerated in a special way in the church of the Sacred Heart Sisters where there is a chapel dedicated to him.

Spiritual reading: I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him. (Teresa of Avila)

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  1. 'ay said, on January 19, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Thank you!

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