Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on July 3, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 8:28-34

When Jesus came to the territory of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met him. They were so savage that no one could travel by that road. They cried out, “What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?” Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding. The demons pleaded with him, “If you drive us 61ea5bb1c6f51ae3c52f91a47cf4bbdc_w600out, send us into the herd of swine.” And he said to them, “Go then!” They came out and entered the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea where they drowned. The swineherds ran away, and when they came to the town they reported everything, including what had happened to the demoniacs. Thereupon the whole town came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him they begged him to leave their district.

Reflection on the gospel reading: The story focuses on Jesus’ power to deliver human beings from the dangerous influences in our lives. Jesus possesses the power to liberate us from whatever enslaves us. This Lord whom we love and whom we would serve still better possesses absolute power to free us from the snares that prevent us from living in the freedom of the children of God.

Saint of the day: Venerable Antonietta Meo, affectionately called Nennolina, was born in Rome on December 15, 1930. At the age of three, she attended nursery school with religious sisters, and at the age of 5, she enrolled in Catholic Action, in the group for the littlest ones. At six years old, osteosarcoma required the amputation of her left leg. Already at that age, she had a concept of the value of suffering as part of the Christian mystery.

ANTONIETTA MEOA religious sister who was a nurse in the clinic testified: “One morning, while I was helping the nurse who was in charge of taking care of the room of the little girl, her father entered. After caressing her, he asked her: ‘Do you feel much pain?’ And Antonietta said: ‘Daddy, the pain is like fabric, the stronger it is, the more value it has.’” The religious sister added: “If I had not heard this with my own ears, I would not have believed it.” She began to go to elementary school at the age of six, with a prosthesis that bothered her greatly. She used her suffering as a prayer to God and accepted even the amputation of her leg with equanimity of spirit and gratitude to God for even the hardships that came to her.

She received her First Holy Communion on Christmas night 1936 and a few months later, Confirmation. The amputation of her leg did not stop the tumor which ultimately spread to her head, hand, foot, throat, and mouth. The pain of both the illness and her treatments for the cancer were intense. When she met a poor person, she gave what small amounts she had. She liked to attend school and catechism class; she wrote to Jesus: “I go enthusiastically, because I learn so many beautiful things about you and your saints.” She died in the midst of terrible pains on July 3, 1937. She wasn’t even seven-years-old, but she was declared venerable on December 17th, 2007, a witness to holiness for all children who suffer.

Spiritual reading: I want neither a terrorist spirituality that keeps me in a perpetual state of fright about being in right relationship with my heavenly Father nor a sappy spirituality that portrays God as such a benign teddy bear that there is no aberrant behavior or desire of mine that he will not condone. I want a relationship with the Abba of Jesus, who is infinitely compassionate with my brokenness and at the same time an awesome, incomprehensible, and unwieldy Mystery. (Brennan Manning)


2 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. wearthemessage said, on July 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Thank you for sharing, I have never heard the story of Antonietta Meo. Where did you hear it?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: