Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on July 18, 2013

809bdc841c9821ef3b37aabbf69988c9_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

Reflection on the gospel of the day: Jesus is the model of Christian life. He lives life as a prayer. He lives life for the service of others. He advocates for the poor, the oppressed, and the marginalized. He love and forgives others. Jesus in asking us to take his yoke upon ourselves invites us to live life the way he lived his life–to let our live become a prayer, acted out to benefit others, advocating for people who have nothing, loving and forgiving profligately. Jesus tells us that his way of life really isn’t hard, because it’s what we’ve been created to do.

69553949_130495548223Saint of the day: The Servant Of God, Padre Tiburcio Arnáiz Muñoz SJ., was one of Spain’s most beloved religious figures of the twentieth century. He was born in Valladolid in August 1865. Entering Seminary at an early age, he was ordained to the priesthood on April 20, 1890. He was appointed a parish priest of Villanueva de Duero in 1893 and earned a doctorate in theology from the Primatial See of Toledo in 1896. As Parish Priest of Poyales del Hoyo and following the demise of his mother, he joined the Society of Jesus in 1902, doing his novitiate in Granada. Padre Arnáiz soon distinguished himself as a tireless apostle for the Misión Popular and as a zealous worker among the poor. Contracting a bronchial pneumonia, he passed away after living a life of holiness in Málaga on July 18, 1926, aged 60. After obtaining a special permission, his Jesuit brethren buried him at the Church of the Corazón de Jesús of Málaga.

Spiritual reading: It is customary to blame secular science and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse of religion in modern society. It would be more honest to blame religion for its own defeats. Religion declined not because it was refuted, but because it became irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid. When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion–its message becomes meaningless. (Abraham Joshua Heschel)


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