Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on September 30, 2011

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 10:13-16

Jesus said to them, “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. And as for you, Capernaum, ‘Will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld.’ Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: The gospel passage that we read today is a challenge to us who have heard God’s word and recognized God’s deeds in our lives. Despite what we have received, we often fail in our baptismal vocation to be men and women who live for others. Jesus in this passage reminds us that there are many in the world, who had that received the twin graces of knowledge of his word and recognition of his mighty deeds that we have received, would have embraced the gospel better than do we. The challenge we receive today is to carry the gospel with us, proclaiming it in what we do and how gently we treat one another.

Saint of the day: Jerome was born to a rich pagan family. As a student in Rome, he engaged in the superficial activities of students there, which he indulged in quite casually but suffered terrible bouts of repentance afterwards. Jerome became a lawyer. Although initially skeptical of Christianity, he was eventually converted and baptised in 365. Subsequently, he began his study of theology and had a true conversion. He adopted an acetical life and lived for years as a hermit in the Syrian deserts. Eventually, he was ordained a priest. Soon afterward, he went to Constantinople to pursue a study of Scripture under Gregory Nazianzen. He seems to have spent two years there; the next three (382-385) he was in Rome again, attached to Pope Damasus I and the leading Roman Christians. Invited originally for the synod of 382, held to end the schism of Antioch, he made himself indispensable to the pope, and took a prominent place in his councils. Among his other duties, he undertook a revision of the Latin Bible, to be based on the Greek New Testament. He also updated the Psalter then at use in Rome based on the Septuagint. Though he did not realize it yet, translating much of what became the Latin Vulgate Bible would take many years, and be his most important achievement. In Rome he was surrounded by a circle of well-born and well-educated women, including some from the noblest patrician families, such as the widows Lea, Marcella, and Paula, with their daughters Blaesilla and Eustochium. The resulting inclination of these women to the monastic life and his unsparing criticism of the secular clergy brought a growing hostility against him among the clergy and their supporters. Soon after the death of his patron Damasus in 384, Jerome was forced to leave his position at Rome after an inquiry by the Roman clergy into allegations that he had an improper relationship with the widow Paula. He lived his last 34 years in the Holy Land as a semi-recluse where he wrote translations of histories, biographies, the works of Origen, and much more. Jerome died near Bethlehem on September 30, 420. He has been named a Doctor of the Church and a Father of the Church. Since his own time, he has been associated in the popular mind with scrolls, writing, cataloging, translating, which led to those who work in such fields taking him as their patron.

Spiritual reading: O Lord, show your mercy to me and gladden my heart. I am like the man on the way to Jericho who was overtaken by robbers, wounded and left for dead. O Good Samaritan, come to my aid. I am like the sheep that went astray. O Good Shepherd, seek me out and bring me home in accord with your will. Let me dwell in Your house all the days of my life and praise you for ever and ever with those who are there. Amen. (St. Jerome)

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