Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on July 9, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 9:32-38

A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.” Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and d7f7417fd7e3ad7e766561af471973de_w600_h600_scaledcuring every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: These six verses of the gospel of Matthew encapsulate Jesus’ ministry and the reaction of the people to it. Jesus heals the diseased and the impaired and goes about the towns and villages teaching the people. He calls followers to discipleship. Some who witness his ministry reject his mission, and others respond with amazement at what the Lord accomplishes.

Saint of the day: The Servant of God Rose Hawthorne was born on May 20, 1851 in Lenox, Massachusetts to the famed American novelist and short story writer Nathaniel Hawthorne and his wife Sophia. Rose’s father wrote such works as The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables. Rose and her family lived in Massachusetts; Liverpool, England; then London; Paris; Rome; and Florence, Italy. The family returned to Concord, Massachusetts in 1860. Her mother and the family moved to Germany, then England.

Rose HawthorneRose married author George Parsons Lathrop in 1871; both converted to Roman Catholicism in 1891. In 1876, the couple had a son, Francis, who died of diphtheria at the age of five. Afterwards Rose and George separated permanently in 1895.

After her father’s death in 1864, she tried to become an author, like him. She wrote a book of poems, Along the Shore, which was published in 1888. She later decided to rededicate her life to restoring her family’s reputation after her brother’s conviction and imprisonment for mail fraud.

She was known for her service near and within New York City, caring for impoverished cancer by founding St. Rose’s Free Home for Incurable Cancer in the Lower East Side. After George’s death in 1898, she became a nun, and was inspired by “The New Colossus,” a poem penned by her close friend Emma Lazarus, to found a community of Dominican religious, now known as the Dominican Sisters of 220px-Rose_Hawthorne_LathropHawthorne. Rose made her vows as a Dominican nun Dec. 8, 1900, taking the name Alphonsa. With her first companion, Sister M. Rose, she founded the Dominican Congregation of St. Rose of Lima, later called the Servants of Relief for Incurable Cancer. In 1901, Mother Alphonsa opened Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne, New York (now the mother home of the order).

Rose Hawthorne Lathrop was awarded an honorary Master of Arts from Bowdoin College in 1925. She died a year later on July 9, 1926,the anniversary of her parents’ wedding, at Rosary Hill Home. In 2003, Edward Egan, Cardinal Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York approved the movement for Lathrop’s canonization.

Spiritual reading: There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way. (C.S. Lewis)


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  1. Fr. Mike Lydon said, on July 9, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I am a Catholic Priest and would love to have the daily Gospel and saint of the day reflections the day before so I could use them in my daily homily the next morning. Is there any way you could post them the day before and date them?

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