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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on July 28, 2011

Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 13:47-53

Jesus said to the disciples: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full Net Fishing 1they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

“Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.” When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.

Reflection on the gospel reading: Today’s gospel brings to an end the collection of parables in Matthew’s 13th chapter. The parable of the net talks about the end times, and it gives us counsel to live lives worthy of Christ and the gospel. The net, Jesus tells us, will gather up both the good and the bad, and like a fisherman does after the catch, the good and the bad will be separated. A life lived inside the reach of net of the gospel is our best impulse.

Saint of the day: Pedro Poveda was born in Linares, Spain on December 3, 1874. After he was ordained priest in Guadix in 1897, he exercised his first apostolic ministry among poor cave dwellers. He organized a livelihood program for adults and established a school for children. He gave himself to human and social advancement of poor and marginalized people.

In 1906, he was assigned as canon in the Marian Sanctuary of Covadonga. While in Covadonga, he became aware of the importance of education and the emerging trends, so he dedicated himself to solving the problems that confronted Christian education at that time. He wrote to the university sector of Madrid where women were just beginning to take an active part in the academic life of the universities.

When the Civil War broke out, he was identified as an enemy by those who wished to dechristianize the schools. When told by his persecutors to identify himself, he said, “I am a priest of Christ.” On July 28, 1936, he was shot to death for his faith and for the cause of Christian education.

He was beatified on October 10, 1993, together with Victoria Diez, a member of the Teresian Association. This association has schools around the world, including countries like Brazil, where it is the most popular school in this country. He was canonized on May 4, 2003. His work is continued by the many men, women, and youth on the four continents where the Teresian Association is.

Spiritual reading: The soul always remains with its God in the center. Let us say that the union is like the joining of two wax candles to such an extent that the flame coming from them is but one, or that the wick, the flame and the wax are all one. In the spiritual marriage the union is like what we have when rain falls from the sky into a river or fount; all is water, for the rain that fell from heaven cannot be divided or separated from the water of the river. Or, like the bright light entering a room through two different windows; although the streams of light are separate when entering the room, they become one. (The Interior Castle by Saint Teresa of Avila)

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