Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on April 15, 2013

the-sacred-heart-of-jesus.jpg!BlogGospel reading of the day:

John 6:22-29

After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him walking on the sea. The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat, but only his disciples had left. Other boats came from Tiberias near the place where they had eaten the bread when the Lord gave thanks. When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. And when they found him across the sea they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

Jesus answered them and said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.” So they said to him, “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: We all have great needs, and it is easy for us to seek after Jesus because he is a great and powerful patron, someone who can provide us with food that perishes. We often pray things like, “Lord, my mortgage needs to be paid. Lord, heal this infection. Lord, get me this great new job. Lord, get me out of this scrape.” And it’s not wrong to do that; Jesus teaches us in the Lord’s Prayer and parables like the Unjust Judge to ask God to take care of the things in our lives. But this is not the whole story. Jesus is not a gumball dispenser at the front of the grocery store: put your quarter in and get your gumball out. Jesus is another person, and the reason to seek after him is the food which endures for eternal life: a relationship with the Son of Man and the Father who set his seal on the Son. The question which my prayer ought always to leave me asking is whether I love the consolations of God or the God of all consolations, because lost in my need, I can fail to become lost in him.

Saint of the day: Anton Granig was born in September 1901 in the southernmost area of Austria. Born into a peasant family, he had to work on the farm and had delays in his education caused by Word War I. He only started his theological studies in 1928 and was ordained a priest in 1932, a few months shy of his 31st birthday. He went on to study for a doctorate in theology, writing his dissertation on St. Paul as a pastor. He was an affable and well-liked pastor who worked administratively in the church and served in pastoral roles Sundays and holy days.

jurgai-iai-the-hill-of-crosses-1934.jpg!BlogAnton Granig and two other Austrians founded a Catholic resistance movement against the Nazis. The group met clandestinely in Granig’s home. Granig studied the roots of Nazism so he could better understand and combat it. They published and distributed pamphlets in 1942 and 1943 that decried Nazism for its abuses of human rights and made plans to blow up railroad tracks which supported the Nazi war efforts. The circle was arrested by the Gestapo in July 1943 but not tried until August 1944. After the conviction, two bishops submitted pleas to the Nazi court for mercy, but the court rejected the petition. Further interventions by one of the bishop also proved unsuccessful. Some of the group were executed in March 1945, but Granig and 43 other, including two other priests, were not among them. Ferried by train from place to place as the Nazi regime crumbled, Fr. Granig and his companions held hope they might survive, but the Nazis on April 15, 1945, even as the Red Army neared, gunned them down in the courtyard of the old castle where they were being held.

Spiritual reading: There are very few people who realize what God would make of them if they abandoned themselves into his hands, and let themselves be formed by his grace. (Ignatius of Loyola)


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