Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on July 26, 2011

Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 13:36-43

Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom. The weeds are the children of the Evil One, and the enemy who sows them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.

“The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his Kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Christians always have reflected on the meaning of Jesus’ teaching within the context of their own situations. The Gospel of Matthew was written in the 70s or 80s, and the writer of the gospel probably records a reflection on the parable of the good and bad seed that reflected the situation of the writer’s community. There is good textual reason to believe this. While the original parable seems to suggest that the church is home to both saints and sinners, this explanation of the parable makes the parable into an allegory of the end times. No matter which interpretation we apply, however, there is clearly good and bad seed, and we can pray that when the Lord calls us, he will judge us the good seed.

Saint of the day: In the Scriptures, Matthew and Luke furnish a legal family history of Jesus, tracing ancestry to show that Jesus is the culmination of great promises. Not only is his mother’s family neglected, we also know nothing factual about them except that they existed. Even the names Joachim and Ann come from a legendary source written more than a century after Jesus died.

The heroism and holiness of these people, however, is inferred from the whole family atmosphere around Mary in the Scriptures. Whether we rely on the legends about Mary’s childhood or make guesses from the information in the Bible, we see in her a fulfillment of many generations of prayerful persons, herself steeped in the religious traditions of her people.

The strong character of Mary in making decisions, her continuous practice of prayer, her devotion to the laws of her faith, her steadiness at moments of crisis, and her devotion to her relatives—all indicate a close-knit, loving family that looked forward to the next generation even while retaining the best of the past.

Joachim and Ann—whether these are their real names or not—represent that entire quiet series of generations who faithfully perform their duties, practice their faith and establish an atmosphere for the coming of the Messiah, but remain obscure.

tar-frighten-lgSpiritual reading:

Let nothing disturb thee,
Nothing affright thee;
All things are passing;
God never changeth;
Patient endurance
Attaineth to all things;
Who God possesseth
In nothing is wanting;
Alone God sufficeth.

(Lines Written in Her Breviary by Teresa of Avila)

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  1. Jerry Suchanek said, on July 10, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Dear Sir, Dear Madam, I like this website and what I saw here, although some beliefs may slightly differ from my personal beliefs. I LIKE A LOT a short about 4th dimension (and many other dimensions) presented by a high-school student. He seems to be a very clever boy. In my free time, I am searching for historical Jesus (named Yeshua in Aramaic), and answers to many questions. So far i have found many very interesting things. I am scientifically minded person but I also belief that there are still many things that science can not fully explain. I believe two realities can exist at the same time (as described in The Gospel of Mary of Magdala) – our world of senses with a lot of evil, and a divine realm which we can not see or fully comprehend. I believe The Bible is a combination of historical facts (already proved archaeologically) and legends based on historic events and later possibly slightly exaggerated by oral traditions. I believe there is a lot of the truth in the Bible as well as other early Christian writings not accepted by later Roman Orthodox Church (Council of Nicea 325 A.D.) I believe it is possible (I say possible) that to direct question of the High Priests Caiaphas and Annas during Jesus’ trial (“I ask you for the last time, Yeshua of Narazeth, are you the Messiah, a son of the Living God?”), he may have answered two words in Aramaic – I know how it sounds and how it is pronounced, i just don’t know how to write it in English, maybe “Ehue hanna”. Exactly the same words which his mother Mary said to him, when he fell on the road as a child and hurt his knee, and the same two words (in Aramaic) as his mother said to him again, when he fell while carrying his cross on Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem and she managed to get near him. These words mean “I AM HERE”. It is possible that after these words, he said to Caiaphas and Annas an ancient Hebrew prophecy, which he put in future tense: “…and you will see the son of man, seated on the right hand of power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Someone may argue that “I am here” does not mean “I am.” I would argue, that answer “I AM” is hidden inside “I AM HERE”. If you say “I am”, it does not necessarily mean “I am here”. But the other way round, it does. So “I am here” also means “I am”, either as simple saying “I exist”, or as a direct answer to a direct question from Caiaphas and Annas. I believe all religions may have bit of truth in them. Especially original Christianity and Buddhism. I believe 3 things are most important for people to do: 1) No violence, only peaceful behaviour, 2) Respect and love all other human beings, 3) Help those who really need it if you can. I like words belief and faith, I don’t like the word religion.

    Thanmk you. Sincerely,

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