Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on May 21, 2013

a8f4a2d0cb159683bcba8b21eda459d0_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Mark 9:30-37

Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee, but he did not wish anyone to know about it. He was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.” But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him.

They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, he began to ask them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they remained silent. For they had been discussing among themselves on the way who was the greatest. Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” Taking a child, he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus challenges expectations about greatness when he says the one who desires to be the greatest is not the one who lords it over others but the one who makes himself the servant of all. In the world where Jesus lived, not entirely unlike our own, a child was not a symbol of innocence but instead, a symbol of powerless and a person devoid of any social status. When Jesus calls a child to himself and says that, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me,” he not calling us to love the innocent; he is calling us to love the poor and the powerless.

Saint of the day: The Servant of God Antonio Seghezzi was born in Bergamo, Italy on August 26, 1906 and died May 22, 1945 in Dachau. Ten years after he entered the seminary in 1927, he graduated in Social Sciences at the Catholic Institute of Social Studies of Bergamo. Ordained a priest in 1929, Father Seghezzi was assigned to the parish of St. Almenno Bartholomew, but Don_Antonio_Seghezzileft there two years later to go to the seminary to teach letters of Bergamo. In 1935, Don Antonio left for Eritrea. After two more years, engaged as a military chaplain in Eritrea, he returned to Bergamo, where he was appointed assistant to the Men’s Youth of Catholic Action.

After the armistice, Don Seghezzi resolved to follow in the mountains a group of young boys who had decided to choose the path of armed struggle, to save them from raids. In the last days of October 1943, the priest leared that the fascists, angered by his choice, were preparing to retaliate against the Catholic Action and the Church of Bergamo. He decided to voluntarily surrender. On November 4, 1943, Don Antonio Seghezzi was imprisoned in Bergamo in the prison of St. Agatha. He stood trial on December 22.

Sentenced to five years’ hard labor, the priest was deported to Germany 10 days later. Locked up in early February in the field of Kaisheim (Monaco of Bavaria), Don Seghezzi was then sent to Dachau concentration camp. When the Allies arrived to liberate the prisoners survivors, the priest from Bergamo was hospitalized for a few days in an American field hospital but died of hemoptysis on May 21, 1945. He was buried at a cemetery at Dachau, but in 1952, the tomb was found, his body exhumed, and then returned to Italy where it was re-interred. The Diocese of Bergamo concluded its investigation into Don Seghezzi’s heroic virtues and transferred the cause to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in 1999.

Pentecost_by_purple_whirlpoolSpiritual reading: The gospel is absurd and the life of Jesus is meaningless unless we believe that He lived, died, and rose again with but one purpose in mind: to make brand-new creation. Not to make people with better morals but to create a community of prophets and professional lovers, men and women who would surrender to the mystery of the fire of the Spirit that burns within, who would live in ever greater fidelity to the omnipresent Word of God, who would enter into the center of it all, the very heart and mystery of Christ, into the center of the flame that consumes, purifies, and sets everything aglow with peace, joy, boldness, and extravagant, furious love. This, my friend, is what it really means to be a Christian. (Brennan Manning)

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