Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on August 1, 2013

3ec6b7ee56295f527d21fee49f4c4ae8_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 13:47-53

Jesus said to the disciples: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

“Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.” When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.

Reflection on the gospel reading: Today’s gospel brings to an end the collection of parables in Matthew’s 13th chapter. The parable of the net talks about the end times, and it gives us counsel to live lives worthy of Christ and the gospel. The net, Jesus tells us, will gather up both the good and the bad, and like a fisherman does after the catch, the good and the bad will be separated. A life lived inside the reach of net of the gospel is our best impulse.

Saint of the day: Alphonsus Maria De Liguori was born 1696 at Marianelli near Naples, Italy. A nobleman, he was one of the leading lawyers in Naples. He never attended court without having attended Mass first. A priest at age 03_alphonsus29, Alphonsus was a preacher and missionary. He was a writer on asceticism, theology, and history. A master theologian, he founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Liguorians or Redemptorists). Bishop of Saint Agata dei Gotti, he was afflicted with severe rheumatism and often could barely move nor raise his chin from his chest. He vowed never to waste a moment of his life, and lived that way for over 90 years.

When he was bishop, one of Alphonsus’s priests led a worldly life and resisted all attempts to change. He was summoned to Alphonsus and at the entrance to the bishop’s study, he found a large crucifix laid on the threshold. When the priest hesitated to step in, Alphonsus quietly said, “Come along, and be sure to trample it underfoot. It would not be the first time you have placed Our Lord beneath your feet.” He died in 1787 at Nocera.

Spiritual reading: Pray, pray, never cease to pray; for if you pray, you will surely be saved. (Alphonsus Liguori)


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