Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on July 13, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 10:24-33

Jesus said to his Apostles: “No disciple is above his teacher, no slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, for the slave that he become like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household!

4a49eaeea690a4ac231777711802894d_w600“Therefore do not be afraid of them. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus calls us to live the gospel out loud. Christian life is a public act. Living Christian life does not have to be loud: it is not necessarily a life of zealous preaching. But Christian life always consists of witness to our faith through quiet but meaningful acts, ways of living out the day-to-day that reflect a Kingdom sensibility: acts of truth, love, compassion, justice, solidarity, trust, and respect. And, of course, all these are lived and interpreted within the light of God, who is their ultimate source and destination.

Saint of the day: Born in 1845 in Colombia, Mariano de Jesus Euse Hoyos grew up as a peasant who underwent deep experiences that marked his later life with simplicity and resilience of spirit, as well as the radicalism of unconditional dedication to priestly ministry. Mariano de Jesus Euse HoyosIn 1860, he entered the College of St. Joseph of Marinilla (Antioquia), where he studied mathematics, geography, history and Spanish. He received excellent marks in his studies and decided to enter the seminar to become a priest.

On February 3, 1869, at 24-years-old, he entered the newly opened seminary in Medellin, where he prepared very hard for the priesthood. On July 13, 1872 he was ordained a priest. Mariano had a great love for the poor, especially rural laborers. His preaching was simple and effective, his time spent ministering to the spiritual and social needs of his flock, and the people who knew him considered him a saint in life. However, his parish was in an area beset by civil war, and neither side seemed sympathetic to the Church; several times Mariano had to hide in nearby caves to escape the fighting. He died of severe urinary system infections in Angostura, Colombia, on July 13, 1926, at the age of eighty, near his eighty-first birthday, and after nearly forty-three years of dedication to the parish pastoral Angostura.

On October 10, 1980, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints accepted the cause of Father Mariano. He was named venerable in 1990 and beatified in 2000. Fr. Mariano was the first Colombian to be beatified.

Spiritual reading: God creates each soul differently, so that when all the mud is finally cleared away, God’s light will shine through it in a beautiful, colorful, totally new pattern. (M. Scott Peck)


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