Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on June 4, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Mark 12:13-17

Some Pharisees and Herodians were sent to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech. They came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion. 89891fe86704220f1b74e68172dfc1cf_w600You do not regard a person’s status but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or should we not pay?”

Knowing their hypocrisy he said to them, “Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius to look at.” They brought one to him and he said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They replied to him, “Caesar’s.” So Jesus said to them, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” They were utterly amazed at him.

Reflection on the gospel reading: Today’s gospel passage points to a preoccupation of Jesus, his concern with hearts that are true. The gospels again and again tell us that Jesus sees the hypocrisy of the people around him: whether people meant what they said and said what they meant, whether their yes meant yes and their no meant no. There are other lessens we can draw from this passage, like Jesus’ position on our relationship to government or the Lord’s incisive intelligence, but what preoccupied Jesus in this exchange was not a political question but his questioners’ fidelity to their hearts, that what they presented to the world matched what was in their hearts.

Elisabeth HesselbladSaint of the day: Elizabeth Hasselblad was born in 1870 as the daughter of country merchant Robert Hesselblad and Catharina Pettersdotter Day. By 1886, she had to work to help them make ends meet. At first she looked for work in Sweden, but eventually sought work in the United States as a nurse. Her work in the US started her interest in Catholicism and in 1902 she converted.

She later joined the Bridgettines on a visit to Rome. She attempted to revive interest in the order and its founder. She also worked at efforts at inter-religious dialogue and against racism, and became known as “the second Bridget”.

Elizabeth Hasselblad worked during World War II in Rome to protect persecuted Jews. She died in April 1957 in the Casa di Santa Brigida, where she also received her final resting place. In 1987, a canonization process was launched, which led to her beatification in April 2000.

In 2004, she was posthumously awarded Righteous among the nations of Israel for her efforts to protect Jews during World War II.

Spiritual reading: Pray, trust, and don’t worry. (Padre Pio)


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