Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on August 10, 2013

sacred-heart-1910.jpg!BlogGospel reading of the day:

Matthew 17:14-20

A man came up to Jesus, knelt down before him, and said, “Lord, have pity on my son, who is a lunatic and suffers severely; often he falls into fire, and often into water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Jesus said in reply, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you? Bring the boy here to me.” Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him, and from that hour the boy was cured. Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Life is messy. Sometimes we ask for children who are healthy and whole, but God gives us sick ones. Sometimes we ask for understanding and faith, and we receive doubt and uncertainty. Jesus calls us to believe: even if the plan is not transparent to us in the moment, all we need to do is trust. God is working out the kingdom in our midst–even if it is only little by little.

Saint of the day: Lawrence Martyr was a Roman who lived in the third century. He was one of seven deacons who were in charge of giving help to the poor and the needy. When a persecution broke out, Sixtus, bishop of Rome, was condemned to death. As he went to execution, Lawrence followed him weeping. “Father, where are you going without your deacon?” “I am not leaving you, my son,” Sixtus martyrdom_of_st_lawrenceanswered. “In three days you will follow me.” Full of joy, Lawrence gave to the poor the rest of the money he had on hand. He even sold expensive church vessels to have more to give away.

The prefect of Rome, a greedy man, thought the Church had a great fortune hidden away. He ordered Lawrence to bring the Church’s treasure to him. The saint said he would, in three days. Then he went through the city and gathered together all the poor and sick people whom the Church supported. He showed them to the prefect and said: “This is the Church’s treasure.” The prefect was furious. In his anger, he condemned Lawrence to a slow, cruel death. The saint was tied on top of an iron grill over a slow fire that roasted him. Lawrence joked to the judge, “Turn me over.” Before he died, he prayed that the city of Rome might be converted to Jesus. He prayed that the holy faith would spread all over the world. Lawrence died on August 10, 258. His feast spread throughout Italy and northern Africa.

Spiritual reading: Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. (Henry David Thoreau)


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