Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on July 15, 2013

971675_564919750238713_1802111531_nGospel reading of the day:

Matthew 10:34-11:1

Jesus said to his Apostles: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household.

“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is righteous will receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple–amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”

When Jesus finished giving these commands to his Twelve disciples, he went away from that place to teach and to preach in their towns.

Reflection on the gospel reading: Among the founders of the great religions, Jesus is unique. Neither Mohammed, the Buddha, nor Moses asked his followers to prefer him to father, mother, son, or daughter. But Jesus does ask us to do this: to prefer relationship with him to every other possible relationship. It is precisely because Jesus is, who he is, that he can ask us to do this. Mohammed, the Buddha, and Moses–and all the other great spiritual preachers–taught paths to enter the life of the divine. Jesus alone, however, is the path to the Father, and because union with the Father is the ultimate destination of everything that is, we are to prefer to Jesus to every other person and thing.

Saint of the day: The Servant of God Mariano Mario Hiriart Pulido was born in Santiago, Chile on July 23, 1931. His parents were Amalia Pulido and Hector Hiriart Corvalán. Hector, Mario’s father, was the uncle of the wife of the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. At birth Mario had two tumors in the form of hard lumps, one in his neck and one at the waist. Physicians rated them as fibroids without giving more importance. However, they caused him to submit to various surgeries throughout his life. Mario was baptized on July 31 in the Chapel of the hospital where he was born.

Mariano Mario Hiriart PulidoIn 1935 Mario entered the Institute Alonso de Ercilla, where he took all of his basic and secondary studies with good grades till his graduation in 1947. Despite his physical weakness, he never missed class, allowing him to always get the first prize in the attendance and punctuality. He participated in the religious activities of the school and encouraged his personal development and maturation of the spiritual life. He was an active member of Catholic Action.

When he was 20 years old, he had a powerful encounter with God, during a nature excursion. It was there, that he realized his vocation was to be a consecrated layman of the Brothers of Mary, which was founded by prisoners of Nazi regime. The Brothers of Mary–the Schoenstatt movement–born in a Nazi concentration camp, promoted the idea that the world has to be renewed from Christ. We cannot live in a world where people do not bring the message of Christ by means of a modern language, a new culture, and a new civilization.

After Mario graduated from university, he began working as an engineer at a Chilean company that only hired engineers and economists of high prestige. Even though he was successful at a very young age, he thought he could have a greater impact in a university. So, he left that job and became a full time professor at the Catholic University of Chile, where his enthusiasm and smile are still remembered. However, he had many health problems and his total commitment to educating youth sometimes created tensions with the Schoenstatt movement. In 1964, he traveled to the U.S. to speak with the Schoenstatt movement’s founder, Father Joseph Kentenich. During his trip he was diagnosed with stomach cancer and died at the age 33 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 15, a day after his meeting with Father Kentenich. The Milwaukee diocese opened an investigation into his virtues in 1997.

Spiritual reading: Contemplative prayer means keeping the Image of the Son ever present in our inner-consciousness so that we live always in the Presence of God. (Henri Nouwen)

– Henri Nouwen


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