Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on June 11, 2013

day-appears-at-last-and-in-the-very-disk-of-the-sun-shines-face-of-jesus-christ-plate-24-1896.jpg!BlogGospel reading of the day:

Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: When we read the Beatitudes yesterday, Jesus talked about a variety of interior dispositions which define the identity of Christians. But he goes to say, in today’s gospel, that those interior dispositions are not enough. Our insides and our outsides need to connect. We are to be like salt that gives food zest. We are to be like a city on hill that everyone can see. It is the witness of our lives that will lead others to glorify God’s name.

Jesus says explicitly in this passage that tasteless salt is worthless. But salt that retains its savor but is not used also serves no purpose. For salt to fulfill its purpose, we have to put it on our food. For our lives to be authentically Christian, we need to insert ourselves into the world around us. Our witness is to be so evident that people will immediately recognize that there is something different about us and seek to find out what it is that animates us. As Charles de Foucauld often suggested, we must shout the gospel with our entire lives: I would like to be sufficiently good that people would say, “If such is the servant, what must the Master be like?”

Saint of the day: The Servant of God Angelino Cuccuru was born in Sardinia in Italy on December 6, 1920. Six days later he was baptized. At seven he received his first communion. The future bishop of Alghero-Bosa who in 1993 would then introduced the Cause of Beatification of Angelino was present at his confirmation when the boy was eight. Angelino attended elementary obj29geo29pg1p4school and left a lasting impression on his contemporaries for his exemplary conduct and his interest in school subjects, particularly Catholic doctrine. His friends noted his tenderness and that he never missed Sunday Mass and communion. At certain times of the year he attended church even on weekdays, which was not common among the children and youth of Italy.

Called to military service in early March 1940, he left for San Remo and fought against France. In July 1941 he set out for the Russian Front: his letters on this trip show Angelino as a keen observer of the campaign. On June 10, 1942 in the area of ​​Plasky, near the River Don, he was shot in the head during action observation and measurement. The next night, around two, Angelino Cuccuru died in the hospital from the field of Rikowo, Ukraine, assisted only by his most dear friend Giovanni Salaris. It was June 11, 1942. His body was buried in the military cemetery of Senakiewo in a tomb bearing the number 234.

CuccuruAngelino’s confessor received many letters from the military front and has written a short biography. Family members agree on the exceptional nature of Angelino’s conduct: for example, he prayed at the beginning of work in the countryside, before meals, and in the evening, he and his father would kneel as the family recited their rosary. Angelino expressed confidence in God: he was diligent in the hard work of the farmer, available to others, happy to be with peers and relatives, and interested in the scripture that his father repeated or read directly from the Bible. His peers were unanimous in the opinion of serious and his comportment that was different from others you. Even his fellow soldiers attested to his gentleness. His neighbors were great admirers of this young man considered exceptional for his behavior whom they considered a friend of God to turn to and obtain the Lord’s grace and healing. His body was returned home in 1996 in the presence of the highest military authorities of Sardinia and many civil authorities. His diocese has concluded an investigation into his heroic virtues.

Spiritual reading: God shapes the world by prayer. Prayers are deathless. The lips that uttered them may be closed in death, the heart that felt them may have ceased to beat, but the prayers live before God, and God’s heart is set on them, and prayers outlive the lives of those who utter them; outlive a generation, outlive an age, outlive a world. (E. M. Bounds)


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