Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on July 27, 2013

pop_up_02Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 13:24-30

Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds. “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”‘”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus tells a story of bad seed being sown among good. The servants in the house of the owner of the field wish to pull up the bad seed, but the master counsels to wait and see which seed produces what. In the same way, many of us, as servants in the house of our master, are perhaps tempted to throw out from among the community of believers those who do not conform to our vision of the church, but Jesus in the parable counsels us to wait and let God be the judge. None of us can exercise God’s right to say what is worthy of saving and what is not. Jesus in this passage doesn’t call for a smaller, purer church; he calls for a bigger, messier one.

Saint of the day: Sisto Mazzoldi was born in Nago (Trent) on January 13, 1898. He joined the Comboni Missionaries and at the age of 24 was ordained a priest. After a period of formation in the diocese of Trent he was sent on mission to Sudan, mainly to organize seminaries. He spent the next 57 years of his life in Africa. In 1950 he was appointed Prefect Apostolic of MazzoldiBahr el-Gebel, in Sudan. The following year he was ordained Bishop of Lamus. His activity from then on was to guide and found new dioceses and he helped found four religious Congregations: two Lay Institutes (the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and St. Martin de Porres Brothers, respectively in 1953 and in 1954, in Sudan) and together with Fr Giovanni Marengoni, the Apostles of Jesus (1968) and the Evangelizing Sisters of Mary, Missionaries, in 1977, both in Uganda. For the Apostles of Jesus Mazzoldi himself, as Bishop of Moroto, Uganda, approved the Constitutions examined by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. In 1980, at the end of his mandate, he stayed on as Bishop Emeritus of Moroto, where he died on July 27, 1987.

Spiritual reading: We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low. (Desmond Tutu)


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