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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on August 5, 2013

f63b1b305810ec3ec6ec329d5501238a_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 14:13-21

When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” He said to them, “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.” But they said to him, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.” Then he said, “Bring them here to me,” and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over–twelve wicker baskets full. Those who ate were about five thousand men, not counting women and children.

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus steps into circumstances of need to supply what is lacking. But he doesn’t do it with meager provisions; instead, he entirely satisfies the hunger of everyone, and the superabundance even leaves an excess after each person already is full. The scriptures encourage us to trust that God will satisfy us; God knows what we need and will redress what we lack in ways that fill us with wonder.

Saint of the day: Today is the feast of Addai and Mari. Among the Eastern Orthodox faithful, Saint Addai is the person who was sent by St. Thomas the Apostle to Edessa in order to heal King Abgar V of Osroene, who had fallen ill. St. prelates-of-nasranisAddai stayed to evangelize, and converted Abgar and his people including Saint Aggai and Saint Mari. He is known as one of the great apostles to Syria and Persia. He is considered to have been one of the early Catholicoses of the East, following Saint Thomas the Apostle. Saint Mari is said to have had Saint Aggai as his spiritual director. He is also believed to have done missionary work around Nineveh, Nisibis, and along the Euphrates, and is said to have been one of the great apostles to Syria and Persia. He and Addai are credited with the Divine Liturgy of Addai and Mari. Despite the fact that there is little if any concrete information on Mari, he is still venerated as a saint by the Assyrian Church of the East,Chaldean Catholic Church and the Syro Malabar Catholic Church.

Spiritual reading: That is our vocation: to convert the enemy into a guest and to create the free and fearless space where brotherhood and sisterhood can be formed and fully experienced. (Henri Nouwen)

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