Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on September 12, 2011

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 7:1-10

When Jesus had finished all his words to the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die, and he was valuable to him. When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and save the life of his slave. They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying, “He deserves to have you do this for him, for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us.” And Jesus went with them, but when he was only a short distance from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof. Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you; but say the word and let my servant be healed. For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him and, turning, said to the crowd following him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” When the messengers returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

Reflection on the gospel reading: There is much that can be written about this narrative, but at its core, it is a healing story that witnesses to the power of the faith of a Gentile, a man who belongs to a nation that Jesus’ people generally hold in lowest esteem: so much so that they deem them to be “unclean.” Yet Jesus says plainly in this gospel passage that he has not found such faith as the centurion’s in all of Israel. The reading reminds us that God can reveal Godself in surprising ways; for this reason, we cannot reject anyone as unfit to manifest the life of God to us. This text teaches us that God can call any individual to show forth God’s life to others.

Saint of the day: Guy of Anderlecht was born in poverty about 950 in Anderlecht, Belgium. He was trained in religion by pious parents. For many years he embraced poverty as God’s will for him. He cared for the poor and sick in his teens. A tradition exists that when he worked the fields, an angel would sometimes man the plow so that Guy could pray without distraction. He hung around the local church so much the priest made him the sacristan; Guy lived in the church and often spent all night in prayer.

SaintguidonA merchant from Brussels either decided to give the boy a leg up in the world, or that Guy was a bumpkin who could be defrauded; versions of the story vary. Either way, he offered Guy a part share in a new project that could make him rich. In the first ocean-going expedition in the project, the ship sank; Guy took it as a sign that he was right to begin with and returned to his old life.

Guy walked to Rome as penance for his bout of greed, then to Jerusalem where he worked for a while as a guide to pilgrims, then back to Brussels. Though he never joined any order or house, he vowed chastity and devoted most of his time to prayer and his work as a sacristan.

After his death, many miracles were attributed to his intercession. An annual festival grew up in the area around his grave, with most of the activities involving horses and the people who work with them. Guy died in 1012 at Anderlecht, Belgium of natural causes.

Spiritual reading: Man must respond to this call to live in peace with all his brothers and sisters in the One Christ. (Fr. Thomas Merton)

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  1. Cathy Boyce said, on September 13, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Really love this last image on the post!

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