Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on September 9, 2011

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 6:39-42

Jesus told his disciples a parable: “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’ when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: The gospel passage from Luke’s Sermon on the Plain counsels us to not mind the faults of our brothers when we ourselves have faults of our own. The gospel passage asks us to love even our enemies and to do good to even those who harm us. If we wish to model ourselves on the pattern of Jesus Christ, we must love even those who would wish us harm. This does not mean we should be naive or complacent, but it does forbid us to entertain certain frames of mind and contemplate certain courses of action. As Jesus says in today’s gospel, How can we say to our brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’ when we do not even notice the wooden beam in our own eye?

Saint of the day: St. Peter Claver was born in 1580 at Verdu, Catalonia, Spain, of impoverished parents descended from ancient and distinguished families. He studied at the Jesuit college of Barcelona, entered the Jesuit novitiate at Tarragona in 1602 and took his final vows on August 8th, 1604. While studying philosophy at Majorca, the young religious was influenced by St. Alphonsus Rodriguez to go to the Indies and save “millions of perishing souls.”

In 1610, he landed at Cartagena (modern Colombia), the principle slave market of the New World, where a thousand slaves were landed every month. After his ordination in 1616, he dedicated himself by special vow to the service of African slaves-a work that was to last for thirty-three years. He labored unceasingly for the salvation of the slaves and the abolition of the slave trade, and the love he lavished on them was something that transcended the natural order.

Boarding the slave ships as they entered the harbor, he would hurry to the revolting inferno of the hold, and offer whatever poor refreshments he could afford; he would care for the sick and dying, and instruct the slaves through Black catechists before administering the Sacraments. Through his efforts three hundred thousand souls entered the Church. Furthermore, he did not lose sight of his converts when they left the ships, but followed them to the plantations to which they were sent, encouraged them to live as Christians, and prevailed on their masters to treat them humanely. He died in 1654.

follow_jesusSpiritual reading: A believer in Christ is one who follows him as a leader toward the true life, much as the people of Israel followed Moses and entered the land of promise. (Saint Nicetas of Remesiana)

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