Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on May 25, 2013

923308_540133209384034_909073224_nGospel reading of the day:

Mark 10:13-16

People were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Then he embraced the children and blessed them, placing his hands on them.

Reflection on the gospel reading: There are two childhoods–one is the physical one as we grow to adulthood; the other is the childhood of the spirit which acknowledges and surrenders to the Fatherhood of God. Jesus calls out to all who are openhearted, gentle, simple, teachable, and trusting. It is to all the children, by age and disposition, that Jesus offers his invitation to come to him that he may embrace and bless us as we journey to the Father.

Saint of the day: Saint David Uribe Velasco was born on December 29, 1888 in the small town of Buenavista de Cuellar in the State of Guerrero, Mexico. He was the son of Juan Uribe Ayala and Victoriana Velasco Gutierrez, a humble married couple of few material resources but with proven and exemplary virtues. David was the seventh of eleven children. He was baptized on January 6, 1889. He enrolled in the Seminary of Chilapa in 1903 and in 1909 received Minor Orders. The following year he became sub-deacon and in 1911, a deacon. On March 2, 1913 he was ordained a priest by D. Francisco Campos, Bishop of Chilapa.

DavidUribeHe became a parish priest at Buenavista de Cuéllar and Secretary to Bishop Antonio Hernandez Rodriguez of Tobasco. In 1914 David and the bishop were ordered to relocate to Chilapa, Guerrero ahead of the anti-religious violence that was sweeping the country; their ship sank, but David, the bishop, and four others survived. He became a parish priest at Zirandaro, but Zapatista uprisings forced him to return to Chilapa. He again took up the life of a parish priest at Buenavista de Cuéllar, Telotlsapan and Iguala in Guerrero. Fr. David had a devotion to Our Lady of Tepeyac.

On July 30, 1926, as a matter of public safety, the bishops of Mexico ordered a halt to public worship, and for churches to close; David, reluctant but obedient, accepted the order, but later returned covertly to his pastoral duties. He was arrested by the military on April 7, 1927, and taken to Cuernavaca. He declined to succumb to compromises which would have saved his life and wrote his will on April 11, 1927. The following day he was taken to a place close to San Jose Vidal in the State of Morelos where he would be shot.

He had hardly gotten out of the car when he kneeled down and from the depths of his soul begged God for forgiveness for his sins and for the salvation of Mexico and its church. He got up slowly, and addressing the soldiers with a paternal tone, said to them, “Brothers, kneel down so that I may bless you. With all my heart I forgive you and I only ask that you pray to God for my soul. As for me, I will not forget you when I am before Him.” He firmly raised his right hand and in the air traced the sign of the Cross; after he divided among them his watch, his rosary, a crucifix and other objects. He was then shot in the back of the head.

imagesSpiritual 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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