Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on April 10, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

John 3:16-21

God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does Salvator-mundi-di-Antonello-Da-Messinawicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

Reflection on the gospel reading: The gospel passage reflects on God’s relationship to the world. It says that God loves the world, that God did not send his Son to condemn the world but to save it, and that whoever with his heart, word, and deed, believes in Jesus, avoids judgment. The passage reminds us that when we draw close to God, God draws close to us; if our relationship with God is ruptured, it is we who abandon God. We are our own judges when we deliberately prefer darkness to light. We put ourselves beyond the reach of God’s love, which is always there and only waiting for us to turn back. It is not God’s judgment that we are to fear. Rather it is what we choose which brings us closer or moves us away from God. God sets before us life and death, the blessing and the curse: it is our own choice whether we wish to live in the light or choose darkness. May we choose hope when the world tempts us to despair. May we choose kindness when we are tempted to strike back. May we choose to be generous when fear prompts us to clench closed our hands. May we choose contentment as we abide in a culture of consumption. May we choose compassion in the midst of intolerance. May we choose life, that we may live.

MoftheSaintsSaint of the day: Saint Michael of the Saints was born on September 29, 1591. He was a Discalced Trinitarian priest from Vic, Catalonia. Born Miguel Argemir, at the age of twelve, he went to Barcelona and asked to be received into the monastery of the Trinitarians there. After a three-year novitiate, he took his vows at that order’s monastery of St. Lambert at Zaragoza in 1607. After meeting a Discalced Trinitarian one day, he felt drawn to that congregation’s more austere lifestyle and, after much deliberation and the permission of his superior, he entered the congregation of the Discalced Trinitarians at Madrid as a novice. He then took his vows at Alcalá, became a priest, and was twice elected superior of the monastery at Valladolid, where he died on April 10, 1625. During his life, Michael de Sanctis led a life of prayer and mortification. He was devout towards the Holy Eucharist, and is said to have been experienced ecstasies several times during the institution narrative during the Eucharistic Prayer. Michael of the Saints was beatified in 1779 and canonized in 1862.

Spiritual Reading: A safe Jesus that demands nothing of us is a false god of comfort we invent to keep God from stirring us up to change! (Marcel LeJeune)

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