Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on July 8, 2013

3a8f12f20d10f0389289f5acab872317_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 9:18-26

While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples. A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.” Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured.

When Jesus arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion, he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.”

And they ridiculed him. When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand, and the little girl arose. And news of this spread throughout all that land.

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus is a person who inspires the trust of the people who surround him. No one who has a daughter that just died will come to you or me to ask us to lay our hands on her that she may live. No one who has suffered for 12 years from hemorrhages will approach us or the people we know on the street with an expectation that if she touches just our clothes, something miraculous will occur. The stories that we read that testify to the confidence people had in Jesus are so familiar, we don’t stop and think about the kind of man he must have been to have inspired such trust in the people around him. Even beyond the expectations he inspired in his contemporaries, the fact that people were willing to ask someone with so much power to do them favors indicates that the Lord was someone in whom people felt they could invest their trust–that they could approach Jesus with certainty that they would not be rebuffed. The people who encountered him in the ordinariness of day-to-day life have something to teach us about the confidence we can place in the Lord.

Saint of the day: One of eight children born to a wealthy, upper-class family; Maria Romero Meneses’s father was a government minister. Educated by her family, tutors, and at the local Salesian Sisters’ school, she could play piano and violin. She studied drawing and loved to learn. At the age of 12, she spent a year extremely sick from rheumatic fever and was paralyzed for six months. As a result of the illness, her heart was permanently damaged. She was cured by the intercession and apparition of Our Lady, Help of Christians, during which vision she understood her vocation to be a Salesian sister.

On December 8, 1915, Maria joined the Marian Association’s Daughters of Mary. She joined the Daughers of Mary, Help of Christians in 1920, and on January 6, 1929 in Nicaragua, Maria made her final profession as a Salesian. She transferred to San Jose, Costa Rica in 1931. Maria taught music, drawing, and typing to rich school girls. She trained catechists and trades for the poor. Many of her students were won over to her way of life, and she labored to help the poor and abandoned.

maria_romero_meneses_1Maria developed a ministry of fund raising and of showing the wealthy practical ways to bring their charity to the poor. She began to set up recreational centers in 1945 and food distribution centers in 1953. She opened a school for poor girls in 1961 and in 1966, a clinic staffed by volunteer doctors. In 1973 she organized the construction of seven homes, which became the foundation of the village of Centro San Jose, a community were poor families could have decent homes. An excellent teacher, manager, and fund-raiser, she was known for her way of bringing God to people one on one as well as bringing love and devotion to the Eucharist to social improvements.

Spiritual reading: Far from being irrelevant, prayer, meditation and contemplation are of the utmost importance in America today . . . (and) have an important part to play in opening up new horizons. If our prayer is the expression of a deep and grace-inspired desire for newness of life–and not the mere blind attachment to what has always been familiar and “safe”–God will act in us and through us to renew the Church by preparing, in prayer, what we cannot yet imagine or understand. In this way our prayer and faith today will be oriented toward the future which we ourselves may never see fully realized on earth (Contemplation in a World of Action by Thomas Merton)


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  1. Fr. Mike Lydon said, on July 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Could you send me these daily reflections the day before they apply and date them at the top so I know which day they are for? Thanks, Mike P.S. They are really helpful in preaching daily homilies

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