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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on May 1, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

John 15:1-8

Jesus said to his disciples: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me true vinewill be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

Gospel reading of the day: Baptism into Jesus is a luminous thing which connects every believer not only to Jesus but also to every other baptized person. Our baptisms connect us not just to every living person who is baptized but also to every person who has ever been baptized and every person who will ever be baptized. We as members of the church are members of the same body, whether we are Catholic, Orthodox, or members of one or other of the Protestant denominations. I once was sitting at a table with other priests from my church. We were enjoying a supper with each other, and a gentleman came up to our table and started to share with us his own faith, rooted in an evangelical tradition. He seemed to not like Catholics. At a certain point, I tried to disengage in a fraternal way by pointing out that he and we alike shared Jesus. I quoted to him Paul’s insight from Ephesians, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all,” and extended my hand. He refused to shake it and walked away from us, apparently disgusted. It is true that the body of Christ now, as upon the cross, suffers from many wounds, but it is Christ who is at the core of all of it, so despite every apparent fissure, we are one body in one Lord.

Saint of the day: Jean-Louis Bonnard was the fifth of Gabriel Bonnard and Anne Bonnier’s six children. He was born on March 18, 1824. He was baptized that very day. Jean-Louis made his First Communion in 1836. After a collegiate course at Saint-Jodard, he entered the seminary of Lyon. He left at the age of 22, to complete his theological studies at the Seminary of the John-Louis BonnardForeign Missions in Paris. He became a priest of the Paris Society of Foreign Missions

From Nantes, where he was ordained in 1850, he sailed for the missions of Western Tongking (northern Vietnam) and reached there in May 1850. In 1851 he was put in charge of two parishes there. At the time, proselytisation was banned in Vietnam.

On March 1st, 1851, the emperor Tu Duc published an edict of persecution. While visiting the Christian community at Bôi-Xuyen in March 1852, Father Bonnard was arrested, having been denounced by a pagan mandarin, and was led to Nam-Dinh. The sentence of death was pronounced against him and was executed immediately upon receipt of its confirmation by Emperor Tự Đức on May 1, 1852. He was beheaded. His remains were thrown into the river, but recovered by Christians and sent by them to the Seminary of Foreign Missions. He was canonized as one of the martyrs of Vietnam in 1988.

Spiritual reading: Christians are usually sincere and well-intentioned people until you get to any real issues of ego, control power, money, pleasure, and security. Then they tend to be pretty much like everybody else. We often given a bogus version of the Gospel, some fast-food religion, without any deep transformation of the self; and the result has been the spiritual disaster of “Christian” countries that tend to be as consumer-oriented, proud, warlike, racist, class conscious, and addictive as everybody else-and often more so, I’m afraid. (Richard Rohr)

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