Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on April 22, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

John 10:1-10

Jesus said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.” Although Jesus used this figure of speech, they did not realize what he was trying to tell them.

So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Not too long ago, I attended a Sunday service in a Presbyterian church. The people were welcoming. The music sparkled. The prayers and the sermon inspired me. There was no question in my mind that Jesus was present in the gathering. At a fellowship meal afterwards, I had the pleasure to sit next to a Presbyterian minister, and he asked me how I liked the service. I told him, “It never ceases to amaze me how attractive Jesus is no matter in which tradition I encounter him.” This minister is a respected theologian in his denomination. He shared with me that he had attended an interdenominational theological event a few years earlier and had taken part in a mass in an intimate setting which one of the Catholic theologians at the meeting celebrated, and he had had the same experience: how attractive Jesus is wherever he met him. This is the meaning of Jesus as the good shepherd in the parable which we read today: for those of us who love the Lord, we always recognize him wherever we encounter him.

Saint of the day: Tomas Munk was born in Budapest on January 29, 1924 as the first son of a Jewish couple. He and his family were not observant Jews and didn’t believe in God. In the 1930s, Tomas Munk became interested in Catholicism, and after his conversion in 1939, he was received in the Catholic Church. Tomas studied in Bratislava and partly in Ruzomberok. He decided to become tomas_munkpriest in the Society of Jesus where he entered on July 30, 1943. In the autumn of 1944, Nazi soldiers came in Ruzomberok. After several months the whole family was arrested and the Nazis eventually came to the novitiate and took him away as a Jewish convert. According to a fellow novice, now a respected Jesuit, Tomas confided to him having prayed all night in the novitiate chapel: “I have sacrificed my life for my nation, for its conversion, and for the Church.” Tomas and his father, who was also Catholic, was shot on the way to the concentration camp on either April 21 or 22, 1945, just over a week before Adolf Hitler committed suicide in the bunker. The investigation into Tomas’s and his father’s heroic virtues, as a first step in the process toward beatification, commenced in the Diocese of Bratislava in 2011.

Spiritual reading: To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. (C.S. Lewis)


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