Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on September 16, 2011

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 8:1-3

Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.

Reflection on the gospel reading: There is in this passage from the gospel of Luke a sort of joyful vision of the pilgrim Church as Jesus makes his way with his companions. We are the Body of Jesus made manifest in the world, and we go about through the various missions we receive from God proclaiming the good news of the coming of the Kingdom of God. There is here in this passage the companionship of the Twelve, who symbolize the ministries of service, teaching, and sacrament. There is here the ministry of witness by those whom Jesus has healed. There is here the ministry of those people to whom God has entrusted wealth, such as Joanna the wife of Herod’s steward, who support the Church’s work with their material gifts. There also is here the journey of all the men and women who make the Body of Christ traveling together life’s dusty paths. Jesus in today’s gospel is unafraid as he goes on his way, joyful for the companionship the Father bestowed on him, bold in his proclamation of the word that the Father has entrusted to him. Let us as Church be the same: where Jesus goes we go together.

Saint of the day: Born in 190 in Carthage, North Africa to wealthy pagan parents, Cyprian of Carthage grew up to teach rhetoric and literature. An adult convert in 246, he was ordained in 247 and became Bishop of Carthage in 249. During stcyprianthe persecution of Decius, beginning in 250, Cyprian lived in hiding, covertly ministering to his flock; his enemies condemned him for being a coward and not standing up for his faith. Writer second only in importance to Tertullian as a Latin Father of the Church, he was exiled during the persecutions of Valerian. A friend of Saint Pontius, he was involved in the great argument over whether apostates should be readmitted to the Church; Cyprian believed they should, but under stringent conditions. His position, of course, was not sustained ultimately. In the persecutions of Valerian, he was exiled to Curubis in 257, then brought back Carthage and martyred by beheading on September 14, 258 in Carthage.

Spiritual reading: Every moment and every event of every person’s life on earth plants something in one’s soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of invisible and visible winged seeds, so the stream of time brings with it the germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of all. (Seeds of Contemplation by Fr. Thomas Merton)

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