Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on September 2, 2011

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 5:33-39

The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “The disciples of John the Baptist fast often and offer prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same; but yours eat and drink.” Jesus answered them, “Can you make the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast in those days.” And he also told them a parable. “No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one. Otherwise, he will tear the new and the piece from it will not match the old cloak. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined. Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins. And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’”

Reflection on the gospel reading: The scribes and pharisees accuse Jesus’ disciples of a failure of personal austerity and ask the Lord why he allows his disciples to eat and drink while the disciples of the Baptist fasted. Jesus gives two answers. First, he notes that at a wedding feast, the guests eat and drink liberally to celebrate. Jesus says that he is the bridegroom, and his presence is a cause for gladness. Second, he observes that his teaching is something entirely new, and the old ways of doing things can’t hold what he is providing. Unless we present new skins, we will not be able to hold the new wine. We must have new hearts if we are to appreciate what Jesus wants to work in us.

Saint of the day: Born in Skänninge, Sweden, in the 13th century, Ingrid of Sweden lived under the spiritual direction of Peter of Dacia, a Dominican priest. She was the first Dominican nun in Sweden and in 1281 she founded the first Dominican cloister there, called St. Martin’s in Skänninge. She died in 1282 surrounded by an aura of sanctity.

BLB-St-Peter-perg-22-f33r-Death-NunMiracles obtained through her intercession followed and led to a popular cult of this saint. In 1405, a canonization process was begun and the Swedish Bishops introduced her cause at the Council of Constance. An inquest was held in Sweden in 1416-1417 and the results were inconclusive. In 1497, the cause was reactivated and in 1507 her relics were solemnly translated, and a Mass and Office were composed – but formal canonization seems never to have occurred. During the Reformation, her cult came to an end and her convent and relics were destroyed.

Spiritual reading: Jesus is going to do great things with you if you let him do it and if you don’t try to interfere with him. We interfere with God’s plans when we push in someone or something else not suitable for us . . . . . Be faithful in little things, for in them our strength lies. To the good God nothing is little . . . . Be faithful in little practices of love, in little fidelities which will build in you the life of holiness and make you Christlike. (From Jesus, the Word to Be Spoken by Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

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