Carry the gospel with you

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

"Christ of the Abyss," an underwater sculpture in the Florida KeysGospel reading of the day:

Mark 9:38-40

At that time, John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.” Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us is for us.

Reflection on the gospel reading: Human goodness surrounds us, and I have found courageous kindness everywhere in my life, both among people who believe in Jesus and those who do not. Jesus corrects his disciples for believing only those who are numbered among his followers can do good things. Jesus knew, and all of us can witness, that human beings, whether or not they are Christians, are quite capable of much good. God speaks in every human heart, whether or not that heart is attached to a mind that confesses Jesus, and God’s achievements occur among believers and non-believers alike, for as Jesus says elsewhere in the gospel, God causes the sun to shine and rain to fall on everyone alike. Recognizing and loving God’s goodness in everyone is the perfection to which we are called.

Saint of the day: Saint Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but her husband was a man of violent temper. In anger he often mistreated his wife. He taught their children his own evil ways.

St-Rita-of-CasicaRita tried to perform her duties faithfully and to pray and receive the sacraments frequently. After nearly 20 years of marriage, her husband was stabbed by an enemy, but before he died, he repented because Rita prayed for him. Shortly afterwards, her two sons died, and Rita was alone in the world.

Prayer, fasting, penances of many kinds, and good works filled her days. She was admitted to the convent of the Augustinian nuns at Cascia in Umbria, and began a life of perfect obedience and great charity. Sister Rita had a great devotion to the Passion of Christ. “Please let me suffer like you, Divine Savior,” she said one day, and suddenly one of the thorns from the crucifix struck her on the forehead. It left a deep wound which did not heal and which caused her much suffering for the rest of her life.

Rita died on May 22, 1457. She is the patroness of impossible cases.

Spiritual reading: The church should above all be the church of the oppressed, the refugees, those persecuted for their faith, those regulated to the margins of society. (The Servant of God Pedro Arrupe, S.J.)

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